Why Your Band Doesn't Need a Guitarist

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by matante, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    Los Angeles
    This is the thread for all the guys who think their band has to have a guitarist, and for the rest of us to post examples why this is false.

    Up first, Camaron de la Isla.

    This might not be a great example because there is a guitarist on the track, but he add little to it. The performance contains three separate bass "solos" and at the end a cheesy guitar solo performed on keyboards.

    A little background for those of you interested: Camaron was one of the great flamenco singers of all time and at this point in his career they tried to make him a pop star. I'm not claiming it's a good song, because it's not, but it's a good example of how you don't need guitarists to start a band.

    Feel free to add your own examples to this thread.
  2. Bela Fleck is a wicked banjo player. No need for a guitar in The Flecktones.
  3. Kwesi

    Kwesi Supporting Member

    There is no why, haha. Bands without guitarists have been around for literally millennia. I don't see that suddenly changing.

  4. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Wait, you start a thread about why your band doesn't need a guitarist, and as proof post a video of a band with....a guitarist? Who, by the way, is the driving instrument on the track....
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  6. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
    Don't have a guitarist in my band. Bass, drums and analogue synth (for effects). I run such a full distorted tone that a guitarist is obsolete.
  7. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Big Business doesn't need a guitarist, or a third person. They pretty much shoot the "we'll sound too thin" argument down in flames.

  8. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
    Saw a video of them at "Hellfest" and they had some dude rocking an Explorer up on stage with them. :meh:

    Perhaps Om, Man is the Bastard/Bastard Noise or Subrig Destroyer is a better example.
  9. i have two words: WEATHER REPORT

    back in the Jaco days...they did quite well without a guitarist

  10. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv

    If you say that you don't need a guitar player, you should show some good examples of bands without guitar players.
  11. That was funny. I hadn't even bothered to look at the video. I was just answering the question.

    Also, although it's does not immediately associate with this thread's topic... Not just guitar, but often pianists play their shows completely unaccompanied. Pianists play both the bass & treble sides simultaneously.
  12. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Bassist for Michael "Epic Mic" Rowe Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    It all depends on what your music needs. My band might be able to make it without a guitarist (man, would it ever be easier lol), but our music would lose something without it there. YMMV, that's what's great about music...if you can make it work, more power to ya!!
  13. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    I used to play in an awesome guitarless band.
  14. heavyfunkmachin


    Jan 21, 2005
  15. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I've seen them perform both with and without a guitarist. I assume it's an aesthetic choice.
  16. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
  17. MattyH


    Jul 20, 2010
    Fitz & The Tantrums
  18. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
  19. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I chose that clip because it's what inspired the thread. Those three little bass solos reminded me of the conversations I've had here with people who constantly complain about guitarists, "guitards," and the guitar itself, yet claim that they have to have a guitarist if only for the solos.
  20. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Look up Jazz

    Watch Elton John's early live performances. They are simply awesome as a three-piece: piano, bass, drums.