So we were playing a gig last night, reasonably sized, and we played mostly originals. We are a 4 piece band, with our lead singer playing acoustic for almost all the material. Sounds great, blends well with our sound, does everything we need it to. Our lead guitarist is accomplished, tasteful, and not egotistical; we have a pretty good chemistry. So a local session guy drops by, great player, thought he was a nice guy, really into ERBs, but he, seemingly to me last night was a total cock. He lit into me for following the root too much, not having my own style, formulaic bass, etc... You guys know the rant. So I try explain to him that our rhythm guitarist is acoustic, and that he by himself simply cannot bring out the root of the chord. To me playing with an acoustic rhythm guitarist is a very different than playing with an electric guitarist. And it feels to me (and my band mates) that I was by no means riding the root, but accentuating and covering the ground our guitarist couldn't. Normally I would ignore this kind of criticism, but this is really getting at me and I don't know why. Any opinions? Obviously it is hard to say without listening, but would you guys in general agree with the point that playing with an acoustic guitarist and an electric lead requires a different playing style than all electric?