6 ways you can streamline your live guitar rig

Close-up of a guitar player's hands during a live concert
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BACK TO LIVE: If you’re a gigging musician, having to haul a load of gear around can be a real ball-ache. This is especially true for those who don’t have their own transport – after all, what could be more tiring or stressful than having to lug armfuls of kit from one place to another on a crowded bus or train?  

If you’ve ever struggled to cart your equipment to and from gigs, now is a great time to start streamlining. And don’t be fooled into thinking that slimming down your rig will result in a poorer tone. To borrow a well-worn cliché, it’s all about working smarter not harder. Let’s go over some key things you can do to lighten your load ahead of your next live gig... 

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Chris Schwarten

Chris is a contributor to Guitar World and MusicRadar with around 20 years of guitar playing experience – including writing for and recording various projects for around 15 of those. Outside of practical experience, he’s studied music throughout his life, with a particular focus on composition at university. He’s something of a 90s tragic and a sucker for anything with a groovy, metallic edge or psych and stoner vibes. Outside of music, he’s an avid cook, gardener, and rugby league lover.