#1
So what do you typically keep in there? In the small compartment of my one bag I have two direct boxes, an electronic tuner, a tuning fork, picks, more picks, capos, an XLR cable, a 1/4" cable, multi screwdriver, a multi hex wrench set, extra 9 volt batteries for pickups, extra strings, a nail (for adjusting coordinator rids), a piece of metal from a tank (for no reason), and a pocket knife. In the big compartment that the instrument goes in I have the instrument, an SM-57, a towel (for sitting on cold surfaces), a C whistle, a D whistle, a vibe, sometimes a bigger knife, a piece of string, and sometimes a phone charger or hairbrush.

I think it is too many things since everything barely fits in the small compartment, but the only thing that could really go from there is one of the DI boxes. But it is good to have an extra to bail out someone that forgets theirs. I probably don't need the cables since those take a surprising amount of room, but it's nice to have just in case. The big knife I only have sometimes and when I know that nobody will be checking my bag since it is a big hunting knife and serves no real purpose other than the Crocodile Dundee reference ("now that's a knoife").
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#2
In the little compartment in my guitar case, there's a few spare strings (used, all a few years old), some fluff and maybe the odd dead insect. I haven't looked in there for months. In the case itself, there's no room for anything but the guitar (Epi Casino).

Some of the useful stuff you're describing goes in a separate bag: jack leads, mains extension cable, FX, mic (and lead), small screwdriver, slide, drumstick (from the days when I'd join in on percussion breaks), pegs (for holding music on stands for outside gigs), more spare strings (used, but not quite as old as the others), a few scrunched up song sheets, more bits of fluff. Oh, and I usually squeeze a mandolin (in its own bag) in there too, saves carrying it separately.
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#3
Cables and picks, I keep a basic tool set like small screwdrivers and allen keys there as well, and a bunch of random tabs and sheets left over from my guitar lessons. Not much anything else, I have a separate bag for the rest like FX and other electronics.

I once bought an used bass that came with a gig bag, the seller was basically the most criminal looking guy ever. Never dared to open the compartments on the bag, then I sold it onwards.
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#4
A couple of packs of strings, a few picks, and a slide I never use. I used to keep a clip on tuner in there as well, but I lost it a while back. There's not enough room in my case for much else. I've got a guitar tool kit that I keep in my car all the time (screw driver, allen wrenches, feeler gauges, clippers, string winder, flashlight) and I just stick my cables and stuff in my pedal case.
#6
I have extra sets of strings, extra picks, and some random guitar parts that are completely useless at a gig but would get lost if stored anywhere else. Might also be where my slide has been for the last 6 months.
#7
strings, picks, a slide, a harmonica, a large cotton cloth, tuner, lighter, capo, condoms, sometimes some chord charts or sheet music, 9v battery, guitar lead
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#8
This thread is awesome K.

Guitarsenal:

-Tools for adjusting guitar hardware, allen wrenches, wire cutters, etc. (triple locking whammy ftw)
-Guitar strap and Whammy bar
-Regular Capo
-Banjo Capo (double capo tapping shenanigans inbound)
-Slide (metal)
-Thimble for RH pinky stunts
-Extra Patch Cable
-Old school Tuner (tuner pedals are a waste of a slot)
-Big Bag of Jazz IIIs
-Extra Strings (.10 masterrace checking in)
-E Bow
-One of those little earbud amps so I can shred in the green room and hear myself over "da club bass"
-SILICA GEL FOR DAYS
-The cleaning rag of destiny
-The guitar, hopefully

That's just in the guitar and case, but if I'm bringing multiple guitars I'll split the contents between cases for space.

Everything else (read: obscene amount of pedals + kaoss pad) goes in a duffel bag.

Disclaimer: I don't bring 100% of this to every gig, this is the full arsenal for "solo guitar/robot noises in an art gallery" type shows by myself.
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#9
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this is the full arsenal for "solo guitar/robot noises in an art gallery" type shows by myself.


If you ever get a chance, do a solo gig with a hard synth using just arpeggiator/sequencer patterns and everything else is just varying the filter, resonance, etc. Kind of like On the Run. And you can fade in and out different oscillators with different wave forms and noises. You can also mix in really huge delays and reverbs to make big walls of sound. And then in the middle you just leave it alone and pick up the guitar and just whammy bar and whammy pedal and tap random notes over it. Artsy people love that kind of thing.

Do you like Mattias Eklundh? I feel like you would really like him.

I also was considering posting a picture showing inside the small compartment but since most of the things in there are black it would not make for a good picture so instead here is a picture of some of the things from my gig bag arranged on the towel in order by length. By the way, I keep many of those things in their respective cases. I wouldn't want my SM-57 just loose in my bag, now would I?

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#10
Eklundh is alright.

I have done a gig like that. Way ahead of you.

You ever just rip a burnin' pitch pipe solo with those two things?
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#11
They are tin whistles. Basically they are like recorders but with less holes which requires cross and partial fingerings to play the accidentals. So the C whistle plays in C. The D whistle plays in D. You can play more notes like Bb or C nat on them respectively, but accidentals are usually a bit off. Typically though you play Dorian stuff so you use the C whistle almost exclusively for Dm tunes and sometimes G tunes if you cross finger an F#. There aren't the many Irish tunes in C so you don't commonly play in C on the C whistle. D whistle is used for Em and then A or G with the right cross fingering. There are a lot of tunes in D so you do play the D whistle in D. A is not so common in Irish music but more common in Scottish music, although an Eb whistle might be better for Scottish music since the Highland pipes are tuned to 480 so the A is actually a little bit sharper than Bb.

Typically I don't use them other than just for fun or occasionally when jamming on Celtic tunes or occasionally for some Americana stuff like Shady Grove or When Johnny Comes Marching Home, but those are heavily Celtic inuenced tunes anyway. I'm not good with wind instruments though since I never really played them and so I don't really breath properly on wind instruments.

Unless you are talking about something else that you are mistaking as a pitch pipe but I'm assuming you meant the whistles.
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#12
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This thread is awesome K.

-Thimble for RH pinky stunts

Huh. I'll have to mess around with that.

-Old school Tuner (tuner pedals are a waste of a slot)

Agre

-Big Bag of Jazz IIIs

I've been using the Black Ultex ones lately. I'm diggin them.

-Extra Strings (.10 masterrace checking in)

Yee. Tho I just got a hallowbody and the 10s feel tiny on it. I'm thinking about 11s

(read: obscene amount of pedals + kaoss pad) goes in a duffel bag

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@Kirsten

I'm gonna get Ken Pearlman's banjo book of Celtic tunes for Christmas. I'm hyped.

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#13
Dammit Duane making me pull everything out.

Compressor
Wah
Broken OD pedal
Delay (doubles as looper #2)
Weird Swirly Modulation Thang
Ring Mod
Whammy + Octave +Harmonizer Thang
Looper
Kaoss Pad (which doubles as looper pedal #3 and sampler)
Amp

Again, I usually never use all this crap at once. I never leave home without OD, Compressor, and Delay though.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

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#14
depends on the gig...

solo--small rooms..club/art galleries etc-small amp /2 or 3 FX-strings picks/tuner/cleaning cloth/small tools-driver set/plyers/string cutter/strap

recording-all the above and multi FX board - med amp/or plug direct into sound board - les paul & Tele
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#15
My guitar case has a pretty small storage compartment, so i keep only a few stuff in there. I have a spare set of strings, a string winder and cutter, some picks, batteries, a screw driver, a pen and some paper and my strap.

I have a separate case for everything else, mainly for all my cables, and in that one i always make sure to pack, in a dition to what i need for myself, at least 3 spare guitar cables, a spare speaker cable, spare power cables (at least 2), spare tubes, even more batteries for all the wireless devices, a simple power supply, some duct tape and a spare microphone cable just for the hell of it.
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#16
I got a new case for my D12 and it doesn't have a special compartment for accessories so I can only really sticks some strings, picks, and a tone bar or two in the pedal board compartment.
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