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The musicians travel kit: Survived 3,000 miles and 8 concerts in 9 days

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This Instructable is about how to make a travel kit for your guitar or in my case, the much loved and needed BASS!! I Just got home a few days ago from a tour through the northeast playing bass for a Christian youth band and choir. This was one of the most demanding things I have ever done, and had to go without error. Luckily, I had put together the nicest survival kit for my bass and heres how to do the same for your stringed instrument. Don't forget to vote if you liked it for the Lonely Planet Travel Tips Contest!
 
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Step 1: Getting your materials

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First off, you need something to put this all in. I personally used the bass case that i have, but others may prefer an empty first aid kit or a back pack, but this is up to you.

With that out of the way, this is what you will need:

Duct Tape
Toenail clippers
Small flashlight
Extra 1/4 in. cable
Pocket Knife/multi-tool
EXTRA SET OF STRINGS
Tuner
Post-it notes
Sharpie and pen
Bandaids
9 volt batteries
Cleaner for your guitar


Other then the neccessities, you can add what ever you would like. Some extra cash is allways handy, as well an extra strap.

Step 2: For the drummer:

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You may still need some of the things I had mentioned, but don't worry about the strings or 1/4 in. cable. Instead, keep a few extra drum sticks and possibly even some drum heads, as well as a hex key set. A drum pad is nice for practicing and is relatively quite.
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bumpus =SMART=6 years ago
I have the same thoughts on that, heh i'm even a christian!!
Awesome! Me too.
Really? I'd never have guessed. Just with the name Jesus freak and all, I assumed you were probably Muslim, Buddhist, or Jedi. Disclaimer: I know some of you American-folk struggle with sarcasm (No offense intended), so I'll just mention here that this IS a harmless sarcastic comment, in a humerous vain.
american folk struggle with oversensitivity. they probably know that you were joking, but somehow they would think that you were somehow making an attack on their religion.

and.... jedi. ha.
Suddenly, controversy!
Suddenly, arguments on the internet! also, not getting anywhere! (first person to link to a comment on a website where someone's mind was ACTUALLY changed on the internet wins all the internets.)
i love sarcasm and was aware of your sarcastic statement above, hehe
gamer =SMART=6 years ago
Man, calm down, I, personally, am not religious, but.... I didn't stop at that, I just kinda ignored the fact that it is a religious band. BIG WHOOP. Actually, I would suggest reading this Instructable, because it covers a few things that many people forget to bring along on their band trips. -gamer
kylet92 (author)  gamer6 years ago
Thanks, i personally have no problem with some one not being religious, because that is a personal choice. I just didnt want this to be judged because of my personal choice.
kylet92 (author)  =SMART=6 years ago
Dont judge this based on the type of band, but the actual content. Im not trying to convert you, so if you dont like hearing about it then ignore that one sentence, just dont hate what i did based on me being a christian.
reedz =SMART=6 years ago
It's still useful information no matter what type of band it is.
Absolutely everyone who performs, whatever the instrument (I would even recommend for VOX) must carry Gaff (The G is capitalised because Gaff is a deity). Drum head broke and no spare? Gaff it up. Bass strap uselessly broken? Double over some Gaff and put a hole through it. Classical acoustic feeding back? Gaff the hole. Jacket/pants/whatever torn? Gaff. Radiator cracked on the tour bus? Gaff. Frog (on a bow) worn out? Try Gaff. Forgot/lost/had stolen your mats (on DJ decks)? Gaff. Wanted to fly on stage but forgot to put your fly tower in your mic case? Lots of Gaff. 357 FTW Also, I like to bring a few litres of water. Not everywhere is very drinkable, and to be at your best you shouldn't be drinking coke and other rubbish before going on stage (or chilled water if you are a singer - obviously).
Gaffiness is next to godliness.
singer's legs too hairy? Gaff. fans getting too wild? Gaff. bus tire popped? gaff can't hold that pressure of air, but with enough rolls you can make a new tire.
JAZ974 years ago
dont forget about 2 or 3 more guitar for the guitarist and make sure he has plenty of stomp boxes/distorion pedals to and you cant every have to many pickguards i could go on forever


its harder than it looks dude
each player needs something for his/her needs
o..... dont ferget th xtra simbal pads and snare strings!!!
GRIP TAPE!!!!
Headphones might be good on loud gigs. And even though it's a pretty rough environment, pack those expensive AKG's anyway. When you're on the field you'll realize why.
Earplugs. Extra earplugs keeps that tinnitus away.
vanbo5 years ago
If you are the Second Coming of JimiHendrix Christ, don't forget blotter paper!
kmank5 years ago
Sound tech?!?!? Never EVER do any gigs without extra ground lifts. Can't tell you how many times I've defeated the incredibly persistent 60Hz buzz over the years.
nice job i'd lie to add to the drummer section: some thick rubber bands and blue tack great for attaching bits to your kit (setlist etc) and the bands are incredible if a spring on your pedal breaks!!
kylet92 (author)  drummonkey926 years ago
Thanks, I personally play the bass so i was just tryin to outline what a drummer may need, but i wasnt to sure about that. I'll see if i cant add that on.