Hello everyone!! I'm a bassist in a three piece. I am a begginer (just got finished learning scales, advancing more through more complex chord's) and I've been playing bass (my experience, just just the amount of year's since I first picked up the bass) for about 1 1/2 year's now.. I guess you could call (my band) a "Metal" band, because we mostly cover alot of metal band's (Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Black Sabbath,etc).. When we did sit down and write music, we write alot of "clean passages".. and more "progressive" passages.. ALTHOUGH we have started to write some nice riff's, too.. My question for you (as bassists/member's of a band) is (basically) this: I've been searching around for a really good guitar player that can "catch up" to our Lead guitar player's skill and expertise and approach to lead/main guitar playing.. I haven't really found anyone that has come close.. A couple of month's ago I knew this really great rythm guitar player.. But we had some complication's/clashes in the scheduling of band practice, and how/when we where supposed to meet.. The guitarist should be coming back Thursday, and I really , really want to get into playing again.. We really haven't found a second guitar player.. (but for now) it's not that bad.. there are ALOT of band's ESPECIALLY metal band's that "didn't need" a second guitar player in there sound.. I play bass, but also like to sing as we'll as playing bass (I love to portray raw emotion in my singing, and to really "embrace" what the song's are about through my vocal performance).. The big problem: We don't have a second guitarst.. And we need a tighter/beefier sound.. I thought that maybe I could "help out", by doing something's to my bass in order to make the bass frequiences "stick out" alot more, and to almost "double" the guitar frequiencies, as well as accentuating the bass frequencies.. About a couple of month's ago.. My whole resolve to solving this problem was adding distortion to my bass sound, and playing with a pick.. That was about 9 month's - 1 year ago.. And throughout that time my playing has evolved (mostly because I have more time to actually play the bass).. And I am using more of a "finger style" technique.. My RECENT set up: Ibanez GSR 4 string bass (Medium Gauge String's) Crate 10 Watt Guitar amp - I had a Crate 100 wat amp W/Distortion (Forgot what the amp was called..) but it broke!! (It doesnt turn on when you "flick" the switch) Anyway.... What can I do to help?? I have about 125 dollar's to spend.. I was thinking about putting putting everything on a "medium" level (when talking about eq's) and putting the treble on "high".. Also I was thinking about getting a more "compressed" tone.. I think that coupled with a bit of distortion some nice, strong Treble "bite" and a good hint of distortion will do it... If anyone can help, please do!!!/reply!!