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My Stuff Bag
by Michele Christopher
This is my stuff bag. Sure, I got it free when I joined the Book of the Month club, but it doesn't really matter what king of freakin' bag it is. Just that the bag works for you. I don't care how nice that guitar case or gig bag is. If you play outside your home, you have a guitar stuff bag. Something you use to throw your cables and other gear into.
I have two guitar cases and two gig bags and one of those gig bags never sees any use. I have my stuff bag.
My wife joined a Book of the Month Club ages and ages ago and I claimed the bag. Before that, I tried to find ways to stuff all this crud into my case and fumbled with whatever I couldn't fit into my bag. In my first band, I was a vocalist and was in high school. The guitarist hadn't yet learned the value of a stuff bag. He constantly was leaving crap at other people's homes.
This came up years later, when in another band, our guitarist was this highly organized type. He had color-coded cords, a big tackle box like thing to keep all his picks and cords separated and one of those flexible file folder things that kept his string sizes separate.
In my outside pocket I keep things like tabs, notes, lyrics, lessons, writing utensils, and, normally, picks.
2. Cables. 16', I think. I need to get a couple of more to throw in there. You can never have too many cables.
3. Strings and picks. Musicians Friend guitar strings. I just got these actually. They were so cheap I couldn't pass them up. I usually keep the picks in my outside pocket (and after taking this picture, moved them).
4. My very cheap, but very decent, tuner and a cheap cable I use specifically for connecting the tuner to the amp.
5. My Sure mic. I keep it in the bag so I can play vocalist also.
6. This is a 1/4" to 1/8" adapter. I almost always have two 1/8" to 1/4" converters in there also. It will now drive me mad until I find them and get them back in my bag. You have no idea how hand these little adapters are. I am actually also missing some male-to-male 1/8" cords, a male-to-male RCA cable, and female-to-female versions of those same cords. Over time I have ransacked my stuff bag for my computer and home electronics needs.
7. Tools. Screwdrivers. Absolutely essential. Allen wrenches - again, completely essential. I'm not sure why I have the files in there, but I'm sure there was a good reason at the time. I am missing a wrench and a standard screwdriver. I also have a multi-tool I normally keep in here, but it's in my car right now.
How about you guys?
What do you keep in your bag. Do you have a special bag or just any old thing? This one friend of mine from a couple of years ago used a military backpack. That was pretty cool.