I need to vent. Any advice is appreciated. I play in and direct a Motown-era soul and R&B cover band. Our current guitarist joined up a couple months ago. He's a great player and has excellent tone, Strat into a Deluxe. Nice guy and professional enough but pretty typical ADHD lead-guitarist type. The issue is the pedalboard. He showed up to the audition with a PT-1 full of pedals, he's since gone to a PT-2. Three overdrives, a fuzz, big EQ, a univibe, compressor, clean boost, delay/looper pedal, custom switching strip, wah and volume pedals. It takes him at least 20 minutes to get set up at each at practice, with constant fiddling throughout practice adjusting levels and tones. This is EVERY practice - seems to be starting fresh getting his stuff dialed in every time. Shows are worse. He's got to sit on stage noodling and tweaking for 20 minutes, then needs a soundcheck, and is STILL riding his volume pedal all night (and not always doing a very good job of that). A lot of the venues we play at, that's just not acceptable - he can't be blasting away by himself while people are eating dinner, and if there's three other bands on the bill we might not get a soundcheck. He needs at least 30 seconds between every song to get his sound dialed-in, and misses changes during the set trying to hit pedals mid-song. We played a show last weekend at a very cool club with very bad acoustics (concrete box), and it took him half the set to get his volume under control, and even then. And remember, we're playing old-school soul and R&B, a genre recorded almost entirely guitar -> amp. He could handle every tune with one overdrive and a volume pedal. FWIW, I play a G&L straight into a Markbass head for this group and get all the sounds through pickups and volume knob. While I run pretty strict rehearsals, I typically don't bother people about their gear if it sounds ok. I'm not looking forward to talking to him about it - he's a gear nut and is going to hate leaving all his toys at home. But it's gotta change. His rig is not appropriate, and he's putting it first at the expense of the rest of the group. Alright, rant over. I'm either going to ask him out for a coffee to discuss it like adults, or I'm going to steal his power supply at practice. Advice?