Played a large outdoor show today up in Vermont -- big stage, large system. It was cold out -- probably 40 degrees when we set up, mid-upper 40s when we were playing. Heaters on stage, but it was still cold up there.
My Tiger would not stay in tune, period. Whole thing was shifting constantly; I'd tune up the strings, by the time I was done and checked going down, the whole thing would be off. Used it for about three songs, took out my backup Stratocaster with the Garcia wiring. It was better, still kept going out, but much better than the Tiger.
We set up at 10 am or so, went on at 12:30. About a 3-hour drive to get there, athough the car was heated. After sound check, I had left the Tiger out on its stand while the first act went on, hoping it would acclimate. After the first set, I tried tuning it up again, no go, same deal. Pretty much unusable. The Strat seemed to settle in a little bit better. By the end of the second set, my damn fingers were so cold I could barely play anyway.
What's the norm, here? Is a bolt-on less susceptible to cold weather than a set neck?
I should've brought a Travis Bean, but damn, that metal neck would've been freezing.
And the damn strings on the Strat were about 3 years old, it was torture playing that thing for three hours!
Last edited by playingdead
on Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.