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tahitijack
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Dec 14th, 2018 12:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

My wife and I went out to lunch and shopping in Laguna Beach this week. We decided to try a place we hadn't been. The Skyloft is located on the second floor and rooftop deck of a building. The second floor is a restaurant and bar. The bar has a huge dance floor and large stage, adjacent to the stage is a DJ booth. The owner and the architect/space planner knew what they were doing. FOH and stage monitors were in place as were amps, drums, keys and a rack full of guitars and bass. I remember this sort of thing way back when but had not seen a bar where instruments were resting ready to play. The interesting part is there is live music almost every night, but there isn't a house band according to the monthly calendar. I was hoping to talk with the manager, but he was off that day. Anyone else see this in their area or actually trust leaving gear at a venue? Merry Christmas!

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Dec 14th, 2018 12:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've left gear at many venues where we played multiple nights in a row. I never left guitars though. They always go home with me.

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Dec 14th, 2018 01:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

No way! My brother had his old Jazz bass jacked from the stage when they went on 15 minute break, thieves will steal anything that isn't bolted down.

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Dec 14th, 2018 01:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve never left a guitar either but was always apprehensive about leaving a small combo or pedal board. Especially after I found out that my insurance wouldn’t cover this type of theft.

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Do not try this at home.
Dec 15th, 2018 02:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Bad idea. What is the price of convenience? It might be the cost of a new guitar.

The only thing I’ve left on a stage was a half stack 4x12 when I was in a house band in the 80s.

I know too many stories of gear walking away.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 04:50 AM, Dec 15th, 2018)

Roly
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Whitehorse Canada

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Dec 15th, 2018 05:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Back when I was playing for a living.
We always left the back line in place but never left our guitars on stage.
I'm talking about one week gigs which were the norm in the late 70s and early 80s.
Players sometimes leave their guitars on stage at my house gig...makes me scratch my head....how tough is it to box up your axe and take it home overnight?
Theft isn't the only concern....there's fires, unanticipated club folding etc.

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

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Dec 15th, 2018 05:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Back line gear is what I was referring to. I don’t know of any pro band that completely loads out every night for a multi performance gig at the same venue. The theater work I’ve done it’s not even feasible to strike your gear every night beacause it would be a major PIA to do so.

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Dec 15th, 2018 06:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

Only big amps, the bass always came home with me. We might leave the mics but they would be put away.

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juneau ak.

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Dec 15th, 2018 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I guess the back line MAY be OK, but one time the drummer in our trio left his kit set up in the bar of the hotel he was playing at for a few weeks when he came to load up the morning after the last night of their gig the snare and high hat cymbals were gone, he still brings that story up from time to time and regrets loosing his old high hat cymbals.

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Dec 15th, 2018 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

We used to leave gear at a house gig but that stopped when there was a breakin and they took my blackface Super Reverb and the bass players Fender bass. Also, 3 of the amps and the PA belonged to me. After this theft, we left and went somewhere else to play.
I would never leave my equipment at a gig these days.

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pwn me like it's 1999
Dec 15th, 2018 06:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've left everything but guitars at jam houses that weren't mine to clubs. None really ever turned out well. When I was 18 I jammed at my older brother's rental house. He had quite a turn over of, uh, tenants. Also animals. Nothing like finding cat poop in a kick drum and a big dog dookie on your curly cord.

A few years later I played a punk circuit in and around Detroit, specifically Hamtramck. Hamtramck was little Warsaw with a lot of bars. We played a club called Lili's a lot and on a few occasions were too whipped (and drunk) to pack up, so we'd come back Sunday morning. There would be Lili at the bar at 10 am, waving us over saying "Boys! Boys!" in her Polish accent. She'd be pouring us shots. At 10 am. Hungover. If you objected she'd grouse (imagine thick Polish accent) "What, are you some kind of Jehovah Witness??".

Nothing good ever comes of leaving equipment out.

Peegoo
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Dec 15th, 2018 07:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sounds like maybe perhaps drinking was a contributing factor ;o)

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Dec 16th, 2018 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

IMO leaving a guitar at a venue is saying that you trust everyone in the world, or at least anyone that might happen to walk through the door. Just can't do it!

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Dec 17th, 2018 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Guitars, mics and cymbals always get pulled. Sometimes even the snare drum.

littleuch
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Ocala, Florida

pwn me like it's 1999
Dec 17th, 2018 06:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I remember playing a gig at a place called the Woodbridge Tavern in the Detroit warehouse district. Happening club in the mid-late 80's. During a break some goober took a seat at the keyboards. Our keyboard player who is my brother in law assertively tapped the guy on the shoulder, who shrugged him off like "get lost, I'm composing". Didn't even look up. And he should have since my BIL played college ball and would have likely gone pro if it wasn't for a neck injury. I don't think the guy's feet ever touched the floor as he "escorted" him out of the club.

Point being, there are all kinds who have a sense of entitlement to an unattended stage. There is no way in hell I'd leave gear at a club that was accessible to customers while I wasn't there.

acplayer

MA

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Dec 18th, 2018 08:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Unattended stage continued:
In the early 2000's I played sax for a contractor that gigged weddings on Nantucket Island, MA.

The drummer in the band used to leave a pair of "ratted out" (think cowbell-worn) splintered sticks on his set during breaks...

I asked him why he left them there and he told me that the unsupervised kids running around at weddings on the island (many "entitled" ones) are gonna start hitting the drums when we were on break... This way "the kids will get splinters and stop right away....or else they'll use a fork or knife and ruin a drum head".

Total genius if you ask me...



Peegoo
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Results not typical.

Do not try this at home.
Dec 18th, 2018 08:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Now that is a person who knows how to deal with kids the proper way!

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Dec 19th, 2018 02:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Never left my guitars or pedals at a venue.

Deacon Blues

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Dec 22nd, 2018 10:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Only an amp, maybe,and even then it would have to be an old Peavey 2x12 solid state boat anchor.

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