In the 17 years I have played bass, I have only occasinally been in a situation where there was no guitar player. In July, I left a heavy prog rock band I was in for 3 years. After briefly playing with another guitarist that flaked out on us, the drummer and I thought "how about NOT playing with a guitarist?" This is partially because the vast majority of guitarists around here are rock players, and that is all they can do. It became kind of limiting. We have a keyboardist now, and I find I can write things that would not have worked before. Also, it is very refreshing to not have to compete with Marshall or Mesa half stacks. I'm not totally anti-distortion, but with the loud fuzzy guitar gone, I have realized my rig sounds damn good! I'm not saying I will never work with a guitarist again, but I must say the last month has been some of the most fun I have had musically in a long time. Any similar experiences?