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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Backline rental rates

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
May 16th, 2016 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

What is the going rate for backline gear rental in your neck of the woods.

For the purpose of this exercise, assume the bass gear is an SVT3Pro Bass amp with 2-12 (or 4-10 if you prefer) and for the guitar it is either a solid state Fender 212 or a Hot Rod Deluxe.

If no local market, what would you personally be willing to pay for gear rental 3 hours before a gig?

And assume that you cannot borrow from a friend because the people you called are either out of town or playing or not answering their cell.

Contributing Member

South Florida

May 17th, 2016 05:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I can offer my limited experience.

Recently in South Florida we did an outdoor gig. They provided the bass cab and fender guitar amps as part of the stage kit.

The bass player appreciated the because it's a PIA to haul to a gig. The guitar players brought their own amps anyway.

But I asked and as I recall I think it would have been in the range of $50 to $100 for the day at the most.

But they didn't provide drums and the other act drummers are very protective of their drum kits and don't share.

The drums are the most expensive items because of the size and transport and set up.

So we had to rent. I think we paid $200 for the day for a medium quality drum kit.

Contributing Member

Houston, TX

Give me a second to think of something..
May 19th, 2016 12:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think a lot depends on where you are renting. I've rented setups for pretty much an entire band in Austin a few times. There is a place there that has great gear and is *stupid* cheap (you can rent a MIM strat for 4 bucks a night!). Total cost for the entire band (including some of the instruments for folks who flew in for the gigs) was in the neighborhood of 5-700.00. Granted, we did pick it all up and set it up ourselves, but we had plenty of help so that wasn't a big deal at all.

I sure it would be much more to pay for delivery/setup/teching/takedown, etc.

Mick Reid
Contributing Member


American-made in Oz!!
May 19th, 2016 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I recently hired a bass rig in a rehearsal studio here.
It was a GK blah-blah-blah head with 4 x 10 cab (I don't play bass, so didn't take much notice beyond that).
I was 10 bucks for a 4 hour session.

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
May 19th, 2016 09:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

I put some rough numbers together and came up with a variation of $500 to $700 for instruments and amps and drum kit and PA. Too many variables for options. One or two guitar amps? Fender or Marshall guitar amps? Strat, Tele, Les Paul? Taste Great - Less Filling?

I could add to the inventory as time went on, but still, limited availability. And from my perspective, even with a pretty fair investment, limited clients.

Now, let's be blunt...there is no one that will pay $500-$700 for GEAR to play a local club gig in my part of the country.

After all, the typical bar band pay is rarely more than $100 per person. There is no way they could show up with just picks, pedals and drum sticks and expect to walk away with any cash in their pocket.

My original plan was to provide support to the "college age" band traveling from OKC or Tulsa or Wichita (75 minute to 2 hours) who don't want to drive 2 or 3 cars to bring all the gear.

I could show up at the club with a bass rig or guitar amp or both, come back when the gig was over and load my stuff and go home.


Mick may not realize, but he touched on one of my personal "goals"...rental rehearsal studio space.

While I would love to be in that business...that would be AFTER I win the lottery.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
May 20th, 2016 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Mick may not realize, but he touched on one of my personal "goals"...rental rehearsal studio space."

Yeah, that would be like having a licence to print money - NOT!!!!

The way commercial real estate rent is going, I can only imagine a break even situation.

Unless you win the lottery and OWN everything outright! :^)

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