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Band Setup

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Acidophilus, Jul 19, 2004.

  1. Acidophilus


    Jul 19, 2004
    Do you think a band setup similar to Guns N' Roses (Singer, 2 guitars, bass, drums), or like Green Day (Guitarist sings, bass, drums) better? Me and my cousin are starting up a band and we're still deciding on the setup. I play bass, will never sing, and he plays guitar. Anyways, which setup do you like?
  2. Thee


    Feb 11, 2004
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Well... does he sing? That would be the major question. And if so, do you think you need a second guitarist? That enters the musical creativity realm that I can't really answer for you.

    I know I prefer 3-pieces or 4-pieces.
  3. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    i say like U2 (singer(but also has ability to play guitar or harmonica sometimes), guitarist, bassist, drummer.)
  4. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    Go big. Three guitars (for obligatory guitar war during "Free Bird" - "Green Grass and High Tides" medley), bass, two drummers, horns, strings, synth, a church choir, dancers, magicians, puppets, poets, sign-language interpreters, contortionists, fire-eaters, and a religious specialist of a denomination of your choice. That should get you through the first set.
  5. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Fewer people = fewer hassles.

    More band members = bigger, potentially better, sound, and usually more problems.

    Since you're just starting out, put the word out that you're looking for guitar players, see if you like anyone that responds, and go with the flow...

    ...Let fate sort it out ;) .
  6. This new band I'm working on we are gonna more than likely go 3 guitars, bass, drums, singer
  7. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    2 guitars.... and have one guitar playing a third or a 5th or something up using a different type chord... sounds awsome.
  8. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    Less guys= more cash for me.
    Money divided 3 ways instead of 4 or 5.

    Chris A. :rolleyes: :bassist:
  9. Edwcdc

    Edwcdc I call shotgun!

    Jul 21, 2003
    Columbia MD USA

    There should also be some sort of animal act. :D
  10. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I'm equally fond of both, as Slater pointed out.

    I can deal with both, prefer neither.
  11. hmmmm... dancers?
  12. LarryO


    Apr 4, 2004
    I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell.
  13. If I'm with a band that plays songs (rock, pop, etc.) I prefer bass, drums, guitar, vocals. If it's an instrumental thing (standards, jazz fusion, etc.) I'd rather find someone who plays something other than guitar. Two guitarists is way too many - sometimes even one makes too much noise. In the studio you can have as many guitars as you want, and playing live the band would be able to fill out the sound. The only exception is if the singer wants to play on a few, and even then I hate it. It's just too much noise, I like space...
  14. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Crap, and here I was with IB Profin.
  15. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Don't fear the reaper... :D
  16. I would rather have one guitarist as it gives the bass player 'more room' in the mix to play more, and cut through. I'm hoping to lose a guitarist at the moment because he hogs all the leads, won't even listen to anything with more of a bassline than a guitarline. plus he turns up ridiculously loud and drowns us all out. He's gonna get the boot soon.
  17. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    I agree, and that is why I recommended two drummers.
  18. You have 2 and want one gone and we have 2 and want one more. Can we have yours? :)
  19. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    If you should go with more than 3 members. Depends on a few factors IMO/IME

    1. How good you are as a bassist/how good the other musicians are. (will you be able to hold it all together should the guitarist take a solo in a song)

    2. How full you want the music to sound

    3. How much money you wanna bring home

    Even though my wallet some times hates it, I prefer a minimum of 5 musicians in the band. Singer, Drummer, Bassist, Guitarist, & Keyboardist.