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How to Gig Without Breaking the Bank: The Gigging Guitar Rig Shopping Challenge

Many of you—hundreds of thousands, at least—are familiar with the popular and humorous gear-centric YouTube videos produced by the U.K.'s Rob Chapman.

If you're not, here's a fine introduction!

Rob and his associate—aka "The Captain"—typically throw themselves into gear-related "challenges" and film their trials, tribulations and drinking along the way. This particular challenge, which is from the summer of 2014, is called "How to Gig for Under £500—Gigging Guitar Rig Shopping Challenge!" ... and it's already surpassed the 1,000,000-views mark.

It certainly does address an important issue: How can you put together a worthwhile gigging rig (where you're able to be heard above the drummer, as they say in the clip) with a budget of £500, or about $650-ish?

Check out the results, and stay tuned for more vids by Rob and the Captain.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.