How many guitars to a gig

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  1. Coach56

    Coach56 One of the Boys

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    Back when I was a working musician I never had enough money to own more then a couple of guitars. Now that I am a "grown up" I have more then a couple.

    I have always enjoyed bands where the guitar and bass players change instruments to reflect the songs they are playing. That was probably taken a few steps too far by Rick Nielson when I saw Cheap Trick. At one point he walked out with at least 4 guitars on and just peeled them off as the song proceeded.

    These days I could see bringing 2 acoustics, one 6 one 12, and at least two electrics again one 6 and one 12, but I could also see wanting some open tuned guitars for quick changes between songs

    So my question to all of you, how many do you take to your shows?
     
  2. waparker4

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    One.
     
  3. Dismalhead

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    Three for me.

    Broken way too many strings onstage to not bring backups. I've actually broken strings on three different guitars on a gig before, but that's pretty rare, especially since I've switched to Fenders and I don't seem to break as many strings as I used to.

    Nothing worse than changing a string onstage while everyone waits. I've done it, I'll never do it again. Time seems to stand still.
     
  4. Mjark

    Mjark Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Sometimes two but I never play the 2nd it's just a back up.
     
  5. DannyStereo

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    Yup.

    All you ever need is a Telecaster anyway ;)

    I don't remember the last time I broke a string onstage...

    Also, The Edge switches guitars every song or so... It's just a little too much, I think. I could see the need for specific sounds, ala position 2 or 4 on a Strat. Other than that, I like my sound. It sounds like me.
     
  6. blowtorch

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    at least two, so you don't have to change a string in the middle of a set

    happens way too often to me, also
     
  7. drmcclainphd

    drmcclainphd Tele-Afflicted

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    I plan the set, and bring the guitars+ necessary to play those songs. Can be one, can be three or four. One of them requires a matched pair of multi-f/x pedals, a mixer, a stereo enhancer and a matched pair of amps or else powered mixer PA. The planning includes logistics as well a stage direction for changing equipment, so nothing gets left behind and the change over goes smoothly. Planning is ths essential. And even when it's only one guitar, I do the same planning to keep in the habit and prevent mix ups and lossage. However, I always have a backup guitar. When playing with one or two, I'll bring an extra that can fill in. More than two, I can fill in with one of the others. Except the stereo guitar, so that one always rides with me, in plain sight, and nobody else handles it.
     
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    I haven't broken a string in years. I just don't break them anymore. I change em pretty frequently though.
     
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    Usually 3

    Eggle Strat (main), ES 345 semi and a backup - usually a dual humbucker set neck
     
  10. HC

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    I used to bring a LP, a Strat and a Tele. Then it was down to two Teles, with and without a b-bender. Nowadays I only bring one Tele, got tired of lugging all the stuff around. Strings breaking is a non-issue for me. I can't remember the last time that happened.
     
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    Typically just two: my Tele and Country Gent. Now that I have my J45, it may be three... That sure sounds like a lot of work
     
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    most of the time the second one sits in the trailer with a pod2 just in case. Thus far never have needed it.
     
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    I use three usually. Nocaster is my main guitar, then esquire and la Cabronita for certain songs.
     
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    I usually bring one or two guitars. I may bring an acoustic and a Telecaster, or two Telecasters. I seldom ever use the second Telecaster, but it is there as a backup.

    If I am only doing one set, I usually only bring one guitar.
     
  15. Coach56

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    I do believe this is how Clapton got the Slow Hand nickname

    -H
     
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    I keep things as simple as possible. One guitar, one amp, as few pedals as possible. When I'm playing a show I want to focus on working the crowd and rocking out without having to think about my gear. I'll bring another guitar for those rare times when I need to change to an alternate tuning or play slide, but I try to avoid those scenarios.
     
  17. MerckTenpenny

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    I used to play for a singer/songwriter who would use an open tuning on a few songs. I brought 4 because of this.. 1 standard tuning, 1 standard backup, 1 open tuning, 1 open backup.

    Funny thing is that most of the time I only played 1. The tele. When the open tuning songs would come up I'd find myself transposing to standard anyway

    Then again, I'm the type who will pack a weeks' worth of clothes for a 2 day trip.
     
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    One. On the rare occasion i break a high E I go Keef and play 5 string. It's a challenge to not wig and just keep playing and singing. Builds character.
     
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    Two. One in D and one in G. Used to to bring two lapsteels also.
     
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    Just looked it up. You are correct:

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    I always assumed it was because he isn't exactly the fastest player around.
     
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