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Suburban MD.

Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
Apr 25th, 2016 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

You know, the bags for cables and/or FX boxes and/or spare strings and picks and what-not?
I had a laptop bag, but outgrew that...so went to a larger Columbia backpack I got at Marshall's; but when I added a spare power strip I outgrew that!
I rescued an old Samsonite suitcase from my in-law's basement, but the lack of a shoulder strap and no pockets from small stuff has me looking for something else...so what'cha got?

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Apr 25th, 2016 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Skullcandy bag I got a Target for the my cables, straps, strings, picks, ear protection, tools, etc.

I use a logo bag that I got from the company I work for mics, mic cables, etc.

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Philly, B-3 Capital

don't dream it be it
Apr 25th, 2016 02:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

hit up the Goodwill store or other thrift shop.
I've gotten several nice bags there for cheap.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Apr 25th, 2016 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good MORNING, class! Take your seats please.

Do not buy purpose-made "gig bags" sold to haul gear. They're junk and pretty flimsy with weensy zippers and handles that come off over time. They are a waste of money.

Heavy-duty zip-top tool bags are the only things that work great and truly last.

These have hard bottoms and are built to take heavy loads, hard use and abuse.

Get 'em at any good DIY store like Lowe's, Home Despot, Sears tool dept., etc.

These are also fantastic for use as a range bag to haul pistols, ammo, and safety gear to the range. The junk sold as range bags is flimsy and not designed for real-world use.

Just get a tool bag with a hard bottom and chuckle at your pals when the handles come off their bags and the zippers break.

Like this.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Apr 25th, 2016 03:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you're hauling a PA, a rolling drum hardware bag works *great* for PA/mic/instrument cables, power strips, etc.

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South Florida

Apr 25th, 2016 06:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Go to your local marine supply store and get a canvas tote bag and you are done.


Lower Slobovia

Pass me the onions..Yeah, the green ones
Apr 25th, 2016 10:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo, pistols and ammo? Have you been playing in Detroit?

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Vero Beach FL

Apr 26th, 2016 07:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a canvas tool tote for my guitar stuff - cables, tuners, picks, strings, capo, Jameson's, etc. For PA cables I have a two section rolling tool box to keep XLR separate from 1/4" cables. I keep my 12 ch Mackie mixer, VoiceLive, power supplies in an equipment tote from Staples. My GR55, cables, and power supply go in an aluminum gun case.

I could have condensed thing into larger containers, but then they'd be heavier, and for me, that's not good.

Of course, I could take less stuff......naah!

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Houston, TX

Give me a second to think of something..
Apr 26th, 2016 07:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Another option is to go by the local Goodwill and pick up a used suitcase or two. Hard-sided and usually have great latches. I've used them in the past and you can't beat them for 2 or 3 bucks!

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Suburban MD.

Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
Apr 26th, 2016 10:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

Geno FTW! Looks like everything I need is covered by the tool bag, especially with the shoulder strap!


Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Apr 26th, 2016 01:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Heavy-duty zip-top tool bags.."

Yup! heavy duty, and after you mask off
the 'Craftsman' with Black Gorilla tape,
it looks professional!


Yorkshire, England

Apr 26th, 2016 01:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I used to use a suitcase but I got sick of the comedians asking me if I was coming back from a holiday during the load-in.

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

Same ol **** but my hair's longer
Apr 26th, 2016 02:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use one of these to carry mics and all sorts of other odds and ends. They have 2 outside pockets and 2 inside pockets. The inside of the bag is padded also and has a great zipper. I've had the one I currently use for over 20 years.

Pilot Helmet Bag

Contributing Member

It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Apr 26th, 2016 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree that the "official gig bag" products are mostly crap. I ended up in the luggage department of my local Target and got myself a multi-compartment carry-on type bag.
I carry mic's, cables, tools, binder full of setlists and song sheets, duct tape, spare power adapter, strings, etc.
Been using it regularly for a few years now and it's still holding up fine.

Kinda like this (mine might be a bit smaller)

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Apr 26th, 2016 03:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Some folks prefer a pilot's flight case or nav[igator's] case. These used to be popular with pilots and navs as a sort of 'briefcase for the office'.

I'm not a fan because of the hard handle and boxy shape.


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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Apr 26th, 2016 07:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ha! I finally retired my trusty old backpack before I ripped the straps off of it. Besides, I've been doing more hiking lately and it sucks having to empty the music gear out of it.

So I rummaged around the house and found a nifty tool bag that came with some rigid tool I bought a couple years ago. Opens like an old doctors bag and swallows pretty much everything

Benson Fan

Los Angeles, CA USA

Apr 26th, 2016 09:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use this for my Boss GT-10 FX Pedal, cables, extension chords, strings, tools, etc.

External link

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numb, yes...comfortable? Not so much
Apr 26th, 2016 09:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use a gym bag. Actually I guess it's a carry-on travel bag, but I used it as a gym bag before re-purposing it. It has end pockets and side pockets as well as the large main section. And it has handles and a shoulder strap
For the band's PA gear & extra straps, cords, power accessories, duct tape etc. we have one of these...

Stanley FatMax

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Apr 27th, 2016 09:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

For mic stands and such, consider the "travel golf club bag". I have had a couple of heavy canvas with wheels and handle...have seen some made of heavy plastic such as SKB uses...Since I take LEDs and electric and XLR and mics and DIs, I use black plastic tubs from the Super Center down the road.


Willoughby, OH , USA

I'm arrogant and a moron
May 4th, 2016 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I GENERALLY USE SOMETHING like the Stanley Fat Max, except that it doesn't "telescope." After nearly hurting myself hauling a large, heavily loaded tool box up several flights of stairs, I found a multiple compartment box about the size of the fat max that can be separated into two pieces. I can carry each piece by itself if need be.I've got it down to amp mic stand and guitar stands bungeed onto a two wheel dolly, rolling two piece tool box and whatever axes i'm using.

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