How does my band sound with horns instead of guitar?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by squeally dan, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. squeally dan

    squeally dan

    Mar 30, 2008
    I've been playing in a dance/wedding band for several years. About a year ago our bass player quit. He was also great on hitting the harmony vocals. We couldn't decide on a bassist so eventually I ended up "filling in" on bass. Here we are a year later and I'm still on bass. We decided to recruit a horn section and are still working that out. We have had more gigs than ever even without guitar. The keyboardist and I have been trying to pickup some of the backup vocals. Now we are wondering if we really need guitar.

    These are two recording from a gig we played outside about 8 months ago. The horns need to be eq'd and don't sound quite right. Also, on this particular night, we only had a sax and trombone. I was still very new to bass at this point and I think I have improved since. The singer/drummer called for me to take a bass solo in Boogie shoes, which I wasn't expecting, so try to ignore that part. The keyboardist was also playing some horn parts since we didn't have the entire horn section that night. Remember it is a very rough mix.

    What do you think? Do we need guitar?

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  2. spz8


    Jan 19, 2009
    Glen Cove, NY
    Probably not, unless you want to further crowd the mix. It can definitely work if you find a really tasteful guitarist, but why bother, it sounds great. :)
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  3. squeally dan

    squeally dan

    Mar 30, 2008
    Thanks. I'm thinking the same thing.
  4. squeally dan

    squeally dan

    Mar 30, 2008
    Any other opinions?
  5. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT
    Unles you find a jazz guitarist that cares more about the song than his ego I'd forego one.

    You have a pretty good sound as it is.
  6. You've got nothing to worry about either way... you sound great.
  7. squeally dan

    squeally dan

    Mar 30, 2008