I've been in an original country band for the past three years. We gig all over the Northeast, really enjoy doing it, and have been reasonably successful. We have the hardest time finding reliable bassists. It would be easier to replace me (pedal steel) in this area. Our current bassist is one of the most difficult people to deal with that I've ever met. He was hired as an upright player and he did so for the first few gigs. Then he tells us that his upright is broken and he needs to play electric until he can afford to get a new pickup (two months and still waiting). He shows up with a six string Ibanez bass for a traditional (not modern) country gig and proceeds to utilize the full range of the instrument. After a few gigs we convince him to use a bass that belongs to the guitarist, a very nice 1978 Fender Precision. Now we can at least get him to stop dropping low B's in the middle of a set. The next problem is his amp which is a 20 year old Hartke head with a 1x18" Yamaha PA cabinet. He thinks this antiquated thing sounds fantastic when it's just a big nasty mess. We have a very nice modern Ampeg rig that he could use but he refuses to even try it out. If we play anywhere that provides backline he refuses and brings in his behemoth system and proceeds to piss off the soundguy. We would fire him, but there is not another bassist in the region that's available. Believe me. It's been two years since we've had a steady bassist. Forgive my long-winded rant. I guess my point is, if you're a guitar teacher, by profession, try to convert a few of your students to bassists. It will make the world a better place.