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Singer-Songwriter Stage Survival Guide

The Solo Singer-Songwriter's Must-Have Gear for Playing Live

When you're playing a solo singer-songwriter gig, you'll need to bring more than just your voice and your instrument. In this guide, you'll find our picks for acoustic amps and portable PA systems, acoustic-electric guitars and keyboards, and more gig-bag must-haves that no singer-songwriter should be without. Gear up for your gig with this guide!
Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars for Live Performance
If you're looking for a new acoustic-electric guitar for solo singer-songwriter gigs, you can't go wrong with these picks from Epiphone, Taylor, Martin, and Gibson. These classic instruments span a wide range of prices, but they're all zZounds customer favorites.
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  Taylor 214ce Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Gig Bag
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Guitarist Must-Haves
If you're a guitarist, you'll want to bring a capo -- we suggest the SpiderCapo -- and a foldable guitar stand that's easy to transport. If you're not using a tuner pedal, a compact tuner is a must-have for your gig bag. It's also a good idea to bring an extension power cable for your PA gear, pedalboard, or vocal effects processor -- so you don't have to rely on the venue to have power where you need it.
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Be prepared to play any venue by bringing your own microphone, mic cable and boom stand. Every singer-songwriter can use a Shure SM58, boom stand and XLR microphone cable. And if you need to use a music stand, we recommend the JamStands MS200 -- it's made of durable metal and completely collapsible.
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Best Stage Pianos for Live Performance
Not every singer-songwriter is a guitar-slinger. As a solo singer/keyboardist, you're likely looking for a keyboard that delivers decent weighted piano action, while remaining lightweight enough to carry.

You can never go wrong with the Nord Electro series. The Electro 4HP offers 73 fully weighted keys in under 25 pounds, while the Electro 4SW offers semi-weighted keys at just 18.2 pounds. Both come loaded with Nord's killer piano and organ sounds.

If you absolutely need to bring 88 keys to the gig, check out the highly affordable Casio PX-150 and PX-350. If 5 octaves is plenty, try out the Roland RD-64, a stage piano with 64 fully weighted keys that weighs only 28 pounds.
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  Casio PX-350 Privia Digital Stage Piano (88-Key)
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Instrument Amps with an XLR Mic Input
Portable amps are perfect for playing small gigs in intimate venues that don't require a full PA system. Look for an amp with a tilt-back stand, so you can point it up at your ears and be able to hear yourself well on stage. For "busking" outdoors, choose an amp that's capable of running on batteries as well as AC power.

If you're an acoustic guitarist/singer, you'll want a combo amp that has an 1/4" guitar input, plus an XLR microphone input for your dynamic vocal mic. Look for on-board reverb and chorus effects for sweetening your vocal and guitar sound. We recommend the Marshall AS100D or the Fishman Loudbox Performer.

If keyboard is your instrument, or if you play through stereo effects pedals, it's nice to have an amp with stereo L and R inputs, like the Roland AC-60 or KC-110. Remember, if the amp doesn't have at least two speaker cones, it's not capable of outputting in stereo.
  Marshall AS100D Acoustic Guitar Amplifier (2x50 Watts, 2x8")
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Portable PA Systems and Powered Loudspeakers
When the gig requires you to bring your own PA, one option is an all-in-one system that can break down easily for transport, like the Fishman SoloAmp or Bose L1 Compact. Either system will let you plug in a guitar and an XLR microphone.

An even more cost-effective option is to invest in a single powered PA speaker, like the QSC K12 or Line 6 L2t. Get two, and you'll have a good-sized PA system you can use for bigger gigs.

With 1000 watts of power, a single QSC K12 speaker is capable of filling a small room on its own. Check the K12's back panel: there's room for plugging in your vocal mic, plus your guitar or stereo keyboard.

For the solo singer/guitarist, the Line 6 L2t speaker also has two independent channels -- perfect for guitar and vocal -- as well as onboard reverb and modulation effects, 3-band EQ, and even acoustic guitar modeling so you can customize your sound.
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Live Vocal Effects Processors
If you've never tried singing through a vocal processor, do yourself a favor and try one of these! These processors sit on the floor like guitar stompboxes, but they've got XLR inputs so you can plug in your microphone -- just make sure you bring an extra XLR cable.

With a vocal effects processor, you can add subtle reverb or chorus, experiment with looping your voice, or sing through special effects like hard-tuning or megaphone-like distortion. Vocal processors add another dimension to live shows, and they can even inspire you when you're noodling around at home.
  DigiTech VL3G Vocalist Live 3 Harmony and Pitch Correction Pedal
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  TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Vocal Effects Processor
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