Four Guitar Players in One Band?

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  1. beau67

    beau67 Member

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    if Janick isn't obnoxious enough... double Gers it !
     
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    Change your name to Gene and play cowbell. You never know, Bruce Dickinson might produce one of you guys' records some day.
     
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    Tone_Terrific Supporting Member

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    I have a long ago passing acquaintance with this guy.
    Serious stuff.
     
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    Hopefully you can talk some sense into them about being more utilitarian about their lineup. :)

    There are a few decent bands out there with a huge amount of guitar players but they're very, very rare.

    I once played a joke set with some friends as an impromptu thing (the band booked for the venue backed out at the last minute). We called it "Everybody plays guitar" and yes, that's all we did. There were 5 of us and it was hilarious. We never charged cover, it was just a way to get people in the bar that night and we drank for free.

    Fun fact, we sounded AWFUL.

    Hilariously enough though, the crowd loved it. Lots of musicians here in Newfoundland so they enjoyed the novelty of it all.
     
  5. jrjones

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    Yikes! Whyyyy? Does it pay well? If it does and your pay is still the same...
     
  6. Borg20

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    Only if the first 3 suck. :)
     
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  7. msquared

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    They're also individually very good, mature musicians with nothing to prove by having an outsized ego. Steve Vai would later replace Tony MacAlpine with a pair of violin players who also played keys and that lineup also never sounded too crowded. Nothing against anybody here but it's rare to find that sort of group humility in a non pro setting.

    Periphery is another example of a band who has three guitarists (and sometimes four if you ever counted Nolly as a guitarist) and make it work.

    I dunno. I'd ask the best player of the group if they wanted to bail with you and start another band.
     
  8. erikzen

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    A Led Zeppelin tribute band would need 6 guitar players for some songs.
     
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  9. 2016aug29

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    Sounds like your average blues jam.

    I'd say go for it.
     
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    You go to 11.

    :)
     
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    how does this type of thing keep happening to you?
     
  12. Page of Cups

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    Sounds like fun to me. Of course, I have a day job and don't really play for pay. What's interesting to me is that I've enjoyed the humor in reference to the egos of guitar players competing for attention, but I've never actually experienced such competition personally. I have though, experienced competition for larger slices of paychecks, those players who subconsciously aim toward making it a trio and the ones who want a bigger slice for hauling more gear, et cetera. I've never lasted too long with the paycheck bickerers as I also avoid playing poker with guys who are behind on rent, not fun. I like fun...
     
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    Sounds like a nightmare. I recently produced an EP for a band recently that had 2 bassists along with 2 guitarists. No the bassists didn't complement each other. Nice bunch of guys but really was one of those situations where nobody ever stopped to notice how bad it sounded.
     
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    After all, it isn't every band that features up to eight guitarists and three drummers on stage. 'That was an accident as well,' says Chase. 'We were auditioning guitarists and about 50 turned up. They all sounded so beautiful and shambolic when they were jamming along together that we decided to expand the normal rock 'n' roll line-up. Eventually, we narrowed it down to eight after rehearsals.'

     
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    And much of Physical Graffiti.

    You could name the band Guitarmy.
     
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    Walter Mitty Syndrome?
     
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    Just show up to the next rehearsal with your new rig.

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    4 Guitar Players
    1 Band

    Cue the YouTube reaction videos.
     
  19. Silent Sound

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    4 guitar players would be great if you could find 4 guitar players who where totally okay with not trying to fill every second of every song with noise. If you had 4 dudes who had no issue not playing a single not for long stretches of time, 4 guitar players would be awesome! There would be amazing possibilities for dynamics and layering!
     
  20. joethepainter

    joethepainter It's Life, but not as we know it Silver Supporting Member

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    @2HBStrat you are one weird dude.... if this latest scenario is actual, what are you looking for, in terms of advice?
    What other tgp'ers would do in this highly unlikely situation? Too specific a question to google? You could google, but you enjoy the interaction? All of the above? None of the above?
    You should cook them all dinner the day before "rehearsal", let it sit out all night, and just say, 'Hey, I made some snacks!' and let the chips fall where they may.
    The last one standing is the new guitar player..
    Unless they suck...
    Well, either way, there's sure to be a new thread about it...
     

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