Four Guitar Players in One Band?

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  1. 2HBStrat

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    If you're in a band...really not a full member but just "helping them out"...that has three guitar players and you go to practice and yet ANOTHER guitar player, who you don't know but the rest of the band apparently DOES know, shows up, sets up and plays, too, and seems to be a new member, what is the proper response?

    Is there any possible scenario in which a cover band would need four guitar players?

    Bail?
     
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  2. Misterbulbous

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    Convince the 4th guitarist to become the 2nd drummer?

     
  3. Alex Kenivel

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    You all can have the ultimate W/D lineup. Half of you get no reverb and half of you get all the reverb. Now for the hard part..who gets the reverb?

    That would be at least a 6 way split for any money you might make.

    I'd bail
     
  4. neastguy

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    get two more guitar player and each only play one string at a time.. and it should work out... solo's might be tough though.. sounds like a fun band :bonk
     
  5. 2HBStrat

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    Oh, and I forgot...one guy plays with a phaser or a chorus pedal on all the time, so he's really two guitar players himself...
     
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    Four guitar players in a band is 2 to 3 to many! Be better off replacing a couple of them with a keyboard player. I would be gone if there was more then two including me.
     
  7. bob-i

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    I’d offer to bail. It’s possible that they asked you to come before they hired the new guy and didn’t want to ask you to leave.

    I one time showed up to a gig for a band I fill in with often. Turned out the leader had put out several calls for a 4th and 3 responded yes. He forgot to call the other 2 and tell them they weren’t needed. He just acted as if he’d hired us all, but I suspected he’d screwed up so I offered to leave, he gave me $10 for gas money.
     
  8. HomeInMyShoes

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    As long as one is plugging into a synth pedal, one into a drum pedal and one only plays the low E and A strings that are extra thick there should be no problems.
     
  9. Rockledge

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    The only way that could work is if nobody is using distortion.
    Rock bands like Skynyrd had 3 guitars, and it worked for them in the studio because
    the guitars were mostly high gain clean with very little if any overdrive or distortion.
    No doubt the dude doing the studio mixes had to be very meticulous.
    Running live sound for them must have been a chore and a half. 3 guitars and a keyboard.... every soundmans nightmare.
    But the minute you introduce fuzz pedal sounding stacks and pedal boards, the whole thing turns to mush.

    I personally don't find anything more than 2 guitars necessary or 2 electrics and an acoustic that is low in the mix.
    If you are doing music with a lot of counter melodies and fills and guitars playing horn and piano parts 4 might work well.
    But for general modern pop music ( including what is being called "rock" now, which is just about everything) and doing country covers, 4 guitars is just pointless.

    And live it almost always turns into guitar wars if you are playing medium or smaller clubs with anything less than massive stages.
    With 3 guitars the guitar players can't hear themselves over top of each other and crank up, then the drummer plays louder, and everyone cranks up again, and by the time the gig is over ( if the club manager hasn't told you to tear down and leave and never come back) you can't hear anything from the ear fatigue.
    It just is not worth the insane pointless hassle of it all.
     
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    You could bring a modeller to the jam and really mess them up!
     
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    Sounds like a nightmare. What kind of music?
     
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  12. Dr. Jimmy

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    I don't even like having 2 guitars (I'd much rather have guitar and keys) I've always been the sole guitarist in any band and my style (what there is of it) has evolved into being a rhythm/lead player along the lines of Hendrix/Trower etc.....
     
  13. Average Joe

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    Get one or two more and you can play all the parts in Hotel California
     
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    Give two of them Keytars, it'll be fine. :rolleyes:
     
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    One of many reasons why I learned to play mandolin.
     
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    You guys don’t know what you are talking about, this band has 5 guitar players and they sound fine. @2HBStrat , I believe they are looking for a 6th, though my understanding is if you hit a clam you will be put to death, soooooo, just a little added pressure there......

     
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    True...and as everyone turns up to hear themselves...with their amps pointed at the back of their legs...you can hear the vocals less and less...
    A one guitar band is ideal imo...
     
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    Janick Gers....is this you?
     
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    Whatever happened to open dialog & people asking the important questions at the time of the event?
    I guess I'm a bit forward, because I would be asking WTF is up, before I even started to play.

    The industry standard should be that ALL bands are power trios.
    Being a vocalist w/o playing an instrument is just slacking.
     
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