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Bringing a Backup?

Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by MilwMark, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. Pineears

    Pineears Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 25, 2016
    After it got knocked over on stage my main guitar stays home and I bought a backup Tele that goes to the gig. The 2nd backup a 79 Strat I just sold. 3rd backup I gave to my grandson. Backup amp is a Zoom Multistomp.
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  2. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    Always a backup guitar and amp.
    i'm even considering a cheap PA head, just in case.
  3. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    I usually just bring the one guitar.. usually there isn't stage space for another guitar and stand.
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  4. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    I have a two-guitar stand, and I always bring two guitars. I only play one, I don't switch for different songs or anything like that. The other is a backup only. Faster to change guitars than a string during a song. So far, I have never had to use the backup.
  5. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Afflicted

    May 15, 2017
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I play in an acoustic duo and we both bring two guitars in case of string breaks. I also bring two amps so we're covered in that department. My amps stack up so no space problems there.

    Having said I bring two guitars, while my main one is my Ovation Celebrity, my "back up" is my custom acoustic/electric Strat in my avatar. I actually use both during a gig, cos I like the Strat for things with a bit of an edge, and for certain solos. It also features in certain pieces we do, like Dire Straits "Romeo and Juliet" - which I start on acoustic, then while my mate does the final verse (he's the singer) I swap over to the Strat to do the ride out solo which I then lead into Claptons "Wonderful Tonight".

    I like the idea of using different guitars for different things, and am currently finishing a hollow body Tele equipped with a standard neck pick up for certain songs, as well as restoring an old parlour acoustic guitar which I'm gonna string up Nashville style to give certain songs that 12 string vibe. Also got plans for a double neck acoustic and electric for experimental purposes. Add to that a "cigar box" type license plate guitar build - so eventually I could end up with 4 to 5 guitars at a single gig! :D
  6. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Jul 2, 2015
    I would always take a backup guitar and leave it in the case. Nowadays in the 4-piece band, I like to take the 12-string, which I use for about eight songs, and it can be the backup... it's little different, but either I or the other guitarist could use it for all of the material. My guitar has a floating trem bridge, so if I break a string I can grab the spare.

    I now usually take the baritone as well, although, so far, I only use it on two songs, and playing the other material on it is a whole different ball of wax I'm not prepared for.

    It partly depends on how long we're scheduled to play--if it's an hour or less, I'll skip the extras and just take #1 and a backup (by now I have a nice selection of backup candidates).

    We always take a backup amp, too, that either of us could use in an emergency. It looks better on stage than our 'real' amps. :D

    My little lounge trio had its first gig last week (went great!), and I took only my new Ibanez hollow-body, and no backup amp. Further from home, I might take a backup guitar.
  7. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    I bring one guitar. I even tour with one guitar. Lol.

    I'm a maintenance nut, and I ALWAYS have fresh strings for the gig. Knock on wood, but I haven't broken a string on stage in more than 15 years.

    My Nashville tele (three pickup, five way switch) is Noiseless, and covers any sound I'll need. Poof. Done.

    I have one guitar and a power strip in a gig bag, my effects and cables in another small bag (tablet sized, but thicker), and an ultra light 1x12 combo. That's load in. It's wonderful.

    The band keeps an EHX 44 magnum in the cable box. In a pinch, either guitar player or the bassist can use it as a backup amp.
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  8. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 4, 2009
    I always bring a backup. In the last few years, I've never had to use it.

    I remember a long time ago I had a pretty good tele but it had a Bigsby and that thing was a royal b*tch to string up.

    I didnt bring a backup and popped a string and between sets, I was severely stressed, straining my poor old eyes mercilessly, trying to get that string to go where it was supposed to go... in the dim light of some old nightclub.

    Right then and there, I said, "never again".

    I've got this cool gig bag that fits two guitars, so I always bring that.

    Except for this upcoming road trip. Everybodys just bringing one each and HOPE we dont break a string. Also hoping I didnt just jynx us.
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  9. perttime

    perttime Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 13, 2014
    I hear more people are now using that kind of a preamp as backup - if not primary system.
  10. Vespa_One

    Vespa_One Tele-Holic

    Feb 14, 2017
    This thread has me paranoid. From now on I'm bringing my most beat up guitar that I care the least about to gig with in case anything happens. And no backup that can get stolen.

    I have all these hand made guitars that I would love to show off but I would hate for anything to happen so I'm tempted to leave them at home. A real catch 22
  11. Junkyard Dog

    Junkyard Dog Tele-Holic

    Mar 7, 2016
    My personal preference is to spend the time and money on equipment maintenance/reliability rather than purchase (and tote to gigs, etc.) two of everything.
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  12. voodooblues

    voodooblues Friend of Leo's

    Sep 12, 2012
    Berwyn, Il
    I used to not bring two guitar but in bad a weird run where I broke a string on a gig 3 times in about
  13. voodooblues

    voodooblues Friend of Leo's

    Sep 12, 2012
    Berwyn, Il
    5 months. Now I always bring two. I only play one per gig, doesn't atterbwhich but I decide, grab it and go.
  14. bendercaster

    bendercaster Tele-Holic

    Sep 20, 2011
    I usually bring two and switch out at a certain point during the gig. My Telecaster has a b-bender that I use on some of the songs in the first half of our set list. I switch to a Les Paul Jr. or a Duo Jet after that. It's probably dumb, but I like to spread out the wear and tear and if something catastrophic does happen, at least I have a backup.

    The Gretsch sounds so good that I have considered putting some kind of Bigsby mounted b-bender on it and just using that for the whole set. It would be nice to just carry one guitar.
  15. NMore

    NMore Tele-Meister

    Dec 8, 2017
    Castle Rock
    I always bring a backup amp, but never have had to use it since I always bring spare Tubes/Fuses for any amp I'm currently using. Had to change out bad power tubes once during a set, and then was back up.
  16. kennl

    kennl Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 6, 2007
    Moon Township, PA
    I once opened my bass case to find that the D string (brand new) had broken at the machine head. The backup came in quite handy that day.
  17. Twang Deluxe

    Twang Deluxe Tele-Meister

    Dec 6, 2015
    I usually gig with a Tele and a Deluxe Recerb. I take just a backup guitar (Mexico Standard Strat or Epiphone Casino) with me. If my amp would break, I would plug my guitar through the PA. I have got a Bad Monkey on my board, which has a PA-Output. It sounds o.k
  18. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    Murphy's Law says that you won't need the backup if you bring the backup, but will need it if you don't.
    Don't tempt The Murphy. Keep a backup handy.
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  19. asatfan

    asatfan Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    I take one guitar and one amp to the gig (except for a time when I was using two guitars for a reason). Been the same guitar and same amp for almost 29 of the past 40 some years of gigging. Over those years I've had very few issues to deal with, maybe only once or twice that required some emergency surgery. I do keep fresh strings on the guitar and change tubes enough to feel confident in my amp.

    I know some day I'll have a problem that will make me wish I had a back-up....
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  20. Leon Grizzard

    Leon Grizzard Friend of Leo's

    Mar 8, 2006
    Austin, Texas
    I bring a Traveler Speedster travel guitar as a back up.
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