Guitar Player’s Gig Checklist – 50 Essential Items

Performing live may look effortless (for some), however, it takes a lot of planning and work, especially if you’re a guitar player. From the basics like extra strings, picks, and pedals to stage clothes and comfortable shoes, a lot of planning goes into a gig performance.

While 50 items may seem like a lot, this list might change your mind:

  • Electric guitar(s)
  • Acoustic guitar(s)
  • Extra strings
  • String winder
  • String cutter
  • Guitar picks (various thicknesses)
  • Guitar straps
  • Capos
  • Slide (if used)
  • Tuner (pedal or clip-on)
  • Guitar stand
  • Amplifier
  • Amp power cable
  • Speaker cables
  • Instrument cables
  • Patch cables (for pedals)
  • Effects pedals
  • Pedalboard
  • Pedal power supply
  • DI box (if using acoustic)
  • Headphones or in-ear monitors
  • Extension cords
  • Power strip
  • Spare batteries (for pedals/tuner)
  • Setlist
  • Music stand (for sheet music/tablature)
  • Backup guitar (if possible)
  • Multi-tool (for repairs)
  • Screwdriver
  • Allen wrenches
  • Truss rod tool
  • Microfiber cloth (for cleaning)
  • Guitar polish
  • Fretboard conditioner
  • Hand exerciser
  • Ear protection
  • Backup amp tubes (if using tube amp)
  • Duct tape/gaffer tape
  • Backup volume/wah pedal
  • Wireless system (if used)
  • Wireless receiver/transmitter
  • Stage clothes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Towels
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks/energy bars
  • Camera or phone (for recording, or personal stuff)
  • Phone charger/power bank
  • Merchandise (CDs, USB drives, T-Shirts)
  • Cash box for merch sales

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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