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Some Random Gig Tips
Every once in a while, I like to share little random tips I've come up with over the years. Some help you keep track of your stuff, others can save your bacon on a gig. For your enjoyment, and hopefully edification, here is the latest collection (some of these are from Mark and Chris as well.)
- I love the little Avery 05422 (1/2" x 1 3/4") removable self-adhesive labels (or Staples generic equivalent). I jot dates for batteries (9v 4/2/13) and string change dates and stick them on preamps and other electronic devices, the backs of e-bass headstocks, reference settings on amps, preamps, and pedals, etc. They peel off easily and don't leave marks or residue IME. Been using them for years, pick up a pack, they rock. (Non-musical bonus tip: stick one to your credit card and jot down the current rebate categories so you use the right card for that extra cash-back.)
- Similar to the above, whenever I get a new piece of gear that has a "wall wart" power supply, I immediately get out my silver paint marker (it's like a "SharpieTM" but with silver paint ink) and write the name of the unit directly on the power supply. I must have dozens of these AC/DC adapters floating around in various gig bags and closets, and if I didn't mark them, I'd go crazy trying to match them up when needed.
- It can always be a good idea to recheck the contents of your gig bag, especially if it's been a while since your last performance. It sucks to discover that your forgot to put something back that you borrowed for another use. For a list of gig bag contents and philosophy, see our FAQ on What to Bring to a Gig.
- My "preflight gig check," after unpacking my bass post-transit, is:
- look at the bridge to be sure it is centered and a perfect 90 degrees, since it can get bumped;
- check the pickup, wire, and jack (depending on the bass and pickup I'm using) for proper positioning and stability;
- be sure the endpin is out a the right height and tight (I'm short so it's not always retracted during travel)
- listen for physical buzzes or vibrations that might be annoying and/or amplified
- I never assume that the sound engineer at a gig will actually have all the gear that every sound engineer should have at a gig. I like to carry a basic DI box (or use an amp with a good DI) and my own XLR cable, in case the engineer forgets to bring enough of his own. Nice to have backup plan B in the bag.
- Stage volume is key. So many times I've seen bands with (at least) one player whose onstage volume is too loud. Either the drummer is hitting too hard, or the guitarist or bassist has their amp up to unneccessary levels. The problem is that there's so much volume coming from the stage, that the FOH (Front-Of-House) engineer can only try to even up the level of the other instruments to compensate. At this point, the soundman has lost control. If you have a bad mix now (and you most certainly will) it is your fault.
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Recent Customer Feedback:
Hi Mark, Bob, I purchased the K+K Sound pure bass pickup for my 4 string acoustic bass guitar, and wanted to let you know I am happy with the results. The bracing on my bass is unusual, so I contacted K+K Sound and got a quick reponse with advice from the owner about pickup placement. The installation went fine and would have been even more straightforward on a standard ABG. Glad no battery is needed. There is plenty of output, and I have used three different bass amps with no trouble, so I have no need for a pre-amp. Lots of comments from fellow musicians after a gig about how good it sounded. My bass has a great unamplified sound, and I put the pickup to the test by doing a few solo recordings direct from the pickup with no equalization. Playback produced a lifelike reproduction of the unamplified instrument with a bit more bottom end. I am very satisfied with the setup. Thanks, you made a good choice in carrying this product - glad I found you online.
— Nelson F (Jan 2010)