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post Jul 14 2011, 10:53 AM
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I have a backup guitar, its difficult to carry it to the gig though



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post Jul 14 2011, 10:53 AM
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I have a backup guitar, its difficult to carry it to the gig though



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post Jul 31 2011, 12:20 PM
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QUOTE (zen @ Jul 14 2011, 10:53 AM) *
I have a backup guitar, its difficult to carry it to the gig though



Haha, I missed this somehow ! It's like a giant mandolin cool.gif

Anyway, I thought I'd update this thread with some experience from the battlefield - we played a gig last night in Bristol and I'm glad I took a backup guitar because the D string broke in the 2nd song.. I continued the song (Wrathchild) adapting the riffs to different strings as best I could (which was hit and miss) and at the end I had to swap my guitars over and carry on, praying that my second guitar wouldn't break a string (and they were older strings too !) but all was well in the end..

Apart from the jack lead which connected my footswitch to the amp - that broke down after the 3rd song so that had to be swapped over. A lead had to be borrowed in a hurry.

Oh and the drum kit was moving forward whilst the drummer was playing it.. so we had to improvise a way to keep them from shifting.

So, it pays to have a backup guitar. You can plan for everything but there will always be a surprise - expect the unexpected and adapt quickly cool.gif

Or as Bruce Lee would say - 'Be like water, my friend' smile.gif



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post Jul 31 2011, 08:25 PM
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You just hit a soft spot with Bruce's words biggrin.gif mate, I haven't broken a string in a long time now and I play really aggressive live - I think the high gauge ones are tough to break (to my relief!)


QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jul 31 2011, 11:20 AM) *
Haha, I missed this somehow ! It's like a giant mandolin cool.gif

Anyway, I thought I'd update this thread with some experience from the battlefield - we played a gig last night in Bristol and I'm glad I took a backup guitar because the D string broke in the 2nd song.. I continued the song (Wrathchild) adapting the riffs to different strings as best I could (which was hit and miss) and at the end I had to swap my guitars over and carry on, praying that my second guitar wouldn't break a string (and they were older strings too !) but all was well in the end..

Apart from the jack lead which connected my footswitch to the amp - that broke down after the 3rd song so that had to be swapped over. A lead had to be borrowed in a hurry.

Oh and the drum kit was moving forward whilst the drummer was playing it.. so we had to improvise a way to keep them from shifting.

So, it pays to have a backup guitar. You can plan for everything but there will always be a surprise - expect the unexpected and adapt quickly cool.gif

Or as Bruce Lee would say - 'Be like water, my friend' smile.gif



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post Jul 31 2011, 08:52 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jul 31 2011, 12:20 PM) *
Haha, I missed this somehow ! It's like a giant mandolin cool.gif

Anyway, I thought I'd update this thread with some experience from the battlefield - we played a gig last night in Bristol and I'm glad I took a backup guitar because the D string broke in the 2nd song.. I continued the song (Wrathchild) adapting the riffs to different strings as best I could (which was hit and miss) and at the end I had to swap my guitars over and carry on, praying that my second guitar wouldn't break a string (and they were older strings too !) but all was well in the end..

Apart from the jack lead which connected my footswitch to the amp - that broke down after the 3rd song so that had to be swapped over. A lead had to be borrowed in a hurry.

Oh and the drum kit was moving forward whilst the drummer was playing it.. so we had to improvise a way to keep them from shifting.

So, it pays to have a backup guitar. You can plan for everything but there will always be a surprise - expect the unexpected and adapt quickly cool.gif

Or as Bruce Lee would say - 'Be like water, my friend' smile.gif



yea we were plagued with some bad luck from the off! but you did a great job, I didnt even know you`d broke a string till you told me lol!

as i said earlier in this thread, thats a huge advantage of a fixed bridge over a floating trem, you were able to carry on till the end of the song, I`d have been out the game, as soon a string goes thats it, the guitar is horrendously out of tune


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post Aug 1 2011, 11:24 AM
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QUOTE (Chris Evans @ Jul 31 2011, 08:52 PM) *
yea we were plagued with some bad luck from the off! but you did a great job, I didnt even know you`d broke a string till you told me lol!

as i said earlier in this thread, thats a huge advantage of a fixed bridge over a floating trem, you were able to carry on till the end of the song, I`d have been out the game, as soon a string goes thats it, the guitar is horrendously out of tune


Yeah it was one thing after the other ! laugh.gif Oh well, we managed in the end - I think these silly moments help both band and audience relax a little smile.gif


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post Aug 1 2011, 11:55 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Aug 1 2011, 10:24 AM) *
Yeah it was one thing after the other ! laugh.gif Oh well, we managed in the end - I think these silly moments help both band and audience relax a little smile.gif


Mate, have you seen that Vai video I posted where he broke the string? biggrin.gif


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Aug 1 2011, 11:55 AM) *
Mate, have you seen that Vai video I posted where he broke the string? biggrin.gif


I don't think so smile.gif


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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Aug 1 2011, 10:59 AM) *
I don't think so smile.gif


There it is biggrin.gif



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OMG - 9:33 mins.... do you know where it is in the video ? Just an idea ? smile.gif


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post Aug 1 2011, 10:48 PM
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sorry mate, wrong song but the right gig biggrin.gif The Ibanez 90 years Anniversary Concert smile.gif


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Aug 1 2011, 10:48 PM) *


sorry mate, wrong song but the right gig biggrin.gif The Ibanez 90 years Anniversary Concert smile.gif


Wow, he coped extremely well. You never would have noticed !! cool.gif Senor Vai is uber cool !


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