Backup amp for gigs...

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  1. noname_dragon

    noname_dragon Tele-Meister

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    Just in case one of my 50 year old fenders goes dark during a show.
    I was thinking a used Blues Jr or Peavey Bandit. It's gotta be rugged and reliable to take the travel pounding and weather extremes. Not too precious and sound pretty good.
    I always use a SF VR or a BF Bandmaster but one blew a fuse on a break and I borrowed my band leader's backup.
    What do you guys take as a standby?
     
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    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I’m about to order a Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 V2.

    They sound incredible. Fits in the pocket of my gig bag. Weighs nothing. Takes up no space. An amp and all the effects I need in one little package. If my amp goes down, I’ll just run it direct. I can actually foresee some regular gigs where I don’t even bring an amp and just use the fly rig.

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Tech-21/Fly-Rig-5-v2-SansAmp-and-Multi-Effects-Pedal.gc
     
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    I generally don't take one, but if I did, it also would be the Fly-Rig that Jakedog mentions.

    I do take extra fuses.
     
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    I never brought a backup when I was gigging. Only had an amp crap out once, and luckily it was at sound check so I was able to scramble and get something quick.

    If I started gigging again, I’d bring along a Joyo AC Tone or something similar to run into the PA with pedals.
     
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    I've been carrying a $40 Joyo AC tone with me as a backup to my Vox. Had to use it once.
     
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    I usually don't take a backup. In fact, sometimes I bring two Pro Juniors for separation.

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    Of those two, I'd go with the Peavey all day - it is pretty unlikely to break, and can handle bouncing around in the van better than the BJ, IMO. If I take a backup, it's usually a ZT Lunchbox. It's powerful, can drive a cab, or you can mic it, but mostly, it's literally the size and weight of a lunchbox (with a substantial lunch and a full thermos).
     
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    If you want a real amp get a Roland Cube. They are everywhere, come in all sizes, they are reliable (I hear) and don't cost much.
     
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    Boss Fender Deluxe Reverb pedal. Sound is very close to the amp, has both reverb and vibrato, bass and treble controls, and a volume and gain control. Very flexible, normal pedal size, just run signal from it into PA, gig saved!
     
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    I have a Flyrig and Joyo American for such emergencies
     
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    I never brought a backup amp with me.
    But I think that a Vox Pathfinder 15R wouls be the perfecr backup amp
     
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    I would go for a direct-to-PA option for a backup, and you can spend as much or as little as you want. It also makes that switch super fast in the event that your main amp does die, you literally just click on the pedal, you're only going to miss a measure or two of the song. I've been happy with the amp sims in the Zoom series, but I'm sure everyone has their opinion in that area.
     
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    Boss Gt-100 works great...small, inexpensive, and sounds really good.
     
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    A Crate Powerblock is always in the car. Cost me $60 new when they blew them out. I've never had to use it but my bassist has twice!
    However, I often take a real combo backup amp, depending on the gig.
     
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    This!
    Roland Cubes have been my go-to amps for the last 10 years.
    Love em’!
     
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    Ehx Magnum 44.
     
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    1. EHX Magnum 44
    2. Orange Micro Terror
    3. Vox MV50
    all in small format, easy to carry in guitar bag
     
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    I always bring along my Zoom MS-G 50:
    As a backup:
    direct to sound system with an amp model patch
    Also contains models of many FX and has a tuner onboard
     
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    A couple times I've taken a Vox Pathfinder 15R along as a backup to my (other) Vox Pathfinder 15R.
    Mine have been "re-cabbed", one with a 12" speaker and the other with four X 8" speakers.
    (knock wood) I've never had one crap out on me on a gig OR practice.
     
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    Fender Mustang, the one with a 12", set to clean. It's light. Got it cheap as a 2nd hand.

    Backup amp is a must-have for any gig.
     
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