Bass Player’s Gig Checklist – 50 Essential Items

Playing a gig is not just about showing up with your instrument, a lot of planning and prep goes into one. From the basics like having extra strings, picks, and pedals to bringing stage clothes, extra cables, energy bars, and similar stuff, a gig takes some time to plan and prepare.

Even though bassists might think 50 items is too much, have a look and see for yourself:

  • Bass guitar(s)
  • Extra strings
  • String winder
  • String cutter
  • Bass picks (if used)
  • Bass straps
  • Tuner (pedal or clip-on)
  • Bass stand
  • Bass amplifier
  • Backup Amp (just in case)
  • Amp power cable
  • Speaker cables
  • Instrument cables
  • Effects pedals (if used)
  • Pedalboard
  • Pedal power supply
  • DI box
  • Headphones or in-ear monitors
  • Extension cords
  • Power strip
  • Spare batteries (for pedals/tuner)
  • Setlist
  • Music stand (for sheet music)
  • Backup bass (if possible)
  • Multi-tool (for repairs)
  • Screwdriver
  • Allen wrenches
  • Truss rod tool
  • Microfiber cloth (for cleaning)
  • Bass polish
  • Fretboard conditioner
  • Hand exerciser
  • Ear protection
  • Wireless system (if used)
  • Wireless receiver/transmitter
  • Stage clothes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Towels
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks/energy bars
  • First aid kit
  • Camera or phone (for recording, or personal stuff)
  • Phone charger/power bank
  • Merchandise (CDs, USB drives, T-Shirts)
  • Cash box for merch sales
  • Practice amp (for backstage warm-up)
  • Gig bag or case for bass
  • Cable ties or Velcro straps
  • Backup cable for wireless system
  • Stage plot and input list

Brian Clark

Brian Clark

I’ve been a writer with Musician Wave for six years, turning my 17-year journey as a multi-instrumentalist and music producer into insightful news, tutorials, reviews, and features.

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