Performance Services

Backline Tech

The term backline used to refer just to audio amplification equipment that stands behind the band on stage, including amplifiers for guitars, bass guitars and keyboards. In the US, backline has expanded in recent years to include the instruments that the musicians play, from guitars and bass guitars, to keyboards and organs, to drum kits and various percussion instruments such as guitar, bass and other percussion instruments. It is often used in this sense to talk generally about the equipment available to or needed by musicians. (e.g. "What is the backline at O'Malley's Pub? The band wants to know if they need to bring their own drums or amps.")

Backline equipment can be rented for touring or studio use. Many travelling musicians prefer not to carry their own backline across borders and continents for fear of damage or customs hassles, which makes renting backline equipment while on tour an attractive option.

Backline technicians look after, set up and maintain the backline equipment. Backline techs who travel with touring acts are also known as roadies.

Guitar Tech

A guitar technician (or 'guitar tech') is a member of a music ensemble's road or local support crew who maintains and sets up the musical equipment for one or more guitarists during a concert tour. Depending on the type and size of band, the guitar tech may be responsible for stringing, tuning, and adjusting electric guitars and acoustic guitars, and maintaining and setting up guitar amplifiers and other related electronic equipment such as effect pedals.

Once the guitar equipment has been set up onstage, the guitar tech does a soundcheck to ensure that the equipment is working well. If there are any problems, the guitar tech will replace or repair the faulty components or equipment. Since guitar techs need to soundcheck the instruments and amplifiers, they must have basic guitar-playing skills, a musical "ear" for tuning, and a familiarity with the way guitars, amplifiers, and effect pedals are supposed to sound in the style of music of their band.

Recent Inventory Additions

Paiste 22" 2002 Ride Cymbal

Paiste 20" Sig Precision Ride

Paiste 20" 2002 Crash Power

Paiste 18" 2002 Power Crash

Pasite 18" 2002 Crash

Paiste 17" 2002 Crash

Paiste 16" 2002 Crash

Paiste 15" Sound Edge High Hat

Paiste 14" Signature Precision    Heavy High-Hat

Alesis QX49 Controller

Aguilar DB 751 Bass Head

Aguilar 410 Bass Cabinet

Meinl Percussion Table

Vox AC15

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