March 09, 2018
If you’ve been booked for an out of town gig that you need to fly to, there are special considerations that need to be made. With gigs in town, or even in neighboring cities, it’s as simple as loading up your gear in your car and driving to the venue. Fly dates are a different beast - you have to book a flight, arrange transport to and from the airport, choose a hotel near the gig if necessary, and of course, figure out your equipment situation.
If you are particular about what rig you play through or have spent years assembling a dream rig you just can’t play without, it can be daunting figuring out how you’re going to get your signature sound at an unfamiliar venue hundreds or thousands of miles away. A useful place to start is to minimize your equipment to the bare essentials; pack up your most versatile guitars, clean up the clutter on your pedalboard, and choose the amp capable of covering the most sonic ground. While it’s viable, especially for larger touring bands with crew, to bring entire rigs to fly dates, for the average joe, this can be troublesome. Flying can be stressful as is, and the less gear you have to deal with, the better.
When you’ve picked which gear makes the cut, here are some helpful things to keep in mind:
Love the Carvin Amps 100W Legacy head? The Carvin Amps VLD1 puts the real tube tone of the Legacy in a tube preamp pedal that will fit in your carry-on.
Have you ever had a fly date, and if so, how did it go? Let us know in the comments!
November 06, 2023
One of the most misunderstood things in mixing is bass – whether it’s getting the low end right in general, letting the bass guitar cut through without overpowering everything else, or just making the bass interesting and cool. It can be tricky to get it right, but there are plenty of tried-and-true tricks for getting there quickly. Let’s go over a few of those.
October 30, 2023
Some of the great guitar-playing artists were self-taught – which means a great many of them use weird tunings. That’s probably no coincidence – using alternate tunings is a great way to come up with a unique sound. So, let’s look at a few of the most common uncommon tunings you could try with your guitar – or your bass.
October 23, 2023
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