21 Things Every Musician Needs

Be over Prepared- 21 pieces of gear your band needs at every show

We have all played a show where something goes wrong. Your guitar string breaks, a battery dies, all your sticks snap, cables fray, outlets are far away… and none of this even addresses the drunk band member who pukes and falls off time. Not much you can do about the drunk bandmate but you can be prepared for the other possible catastrophes with just a little preparation. With just a few minutes of planning you can save hours of frustration- First step- get a small bag or suitcase or other type of container. In this bag you are going to put all the little things that you ALWAYS forget, ALWAYS need and ALWAYS swear you are going to bring to your next show. Take all the items listed below and put them in the bag/box… and LEAVE IT IN YOUR CAR- never take this bag out of your car. You don’t need to bring it into the gig, unless you need it, but when you do need it, you will be glad it is there.

List of things you will need

Extra Guitar Cable and Mic cable-

Fender Performance Series Cables 18.6 Feet Instrument Cable
Monster Standard® Microphone Cable



Boss TU-3 Tuner Pedal
TC Electronic Guitar Tuner- Polytune


Extension cord/power strip-

Belkin 6-Outlet Surge Protector


Extra bass/guitar strings-

Elixir® Strings Electric Guitar Strings with NANOWEB® Coating


Cheap Mic-

Shure SM48


Multi tool -

Leatherman Multi-Tool


Towel/cloth diaper-




Maglite Mini Flashlight


9 volts-

Energizer(R) 9-Volt


Guitar pick-

Dunlop 418P.60 Tortex Standard .60mm Orange Guitar Picks 12-Pack



Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, Sheer Strips, Assorted, 80 Count



Tylenol Extra Strength, 500 Mg Individual Sealed 2 Caplets in a Packet


Gaff Tape-

ProTapes Pro Gaff Matte Cloth Gaffer's Tape


Adapters- XLR to ¼ inch- 1/8 inch to ¼

Planet Waves 1/4 Inch Male Balanced to XLR Female Adapter


Ear Plugs-

Foam Earplugs Box, 200 Pair


Drum key-

Pearl K080 Drum Tuning Key


Cough drops-

Halls Mentho-Lyptus



Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Markers



Mead Spiral Notebook


Cymbal felts,washers-

Zildjian Drummer's Survival Kit


20 bucks(OR at least a few quarters)-

1892-1916 Barber Quarter

Follow our advice- Put all these things into a bag and take it with you to all your shows. You will thank us. I promise you. Do you have something we forgot? comment it below at the end of the article!

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