I'm bored and I thought I would start a post for some advice. So I'm in a 4 piece band. typical setup. Singer also plays rhythm, theres a lead guitar, a drummer, and I play bass. We all use nice big 4x12 tube amps and TS overdrives and muffs. So sometimes the rhythm player likes to play a solo- not a problem. Flips on the boost pedal and away he goes. But the lead guitar player (who thinks he knows lots about sound music and stuffs) cant seem to cut though and still maintain a decent volume. He does not use a boost pedal. Last practice he was TOO LOUD. At least you could hear him, but it was too much. He overpowered us all and I think we all were extremely sloppy because of it. :scowl: Now we are a very powerful sounding band- (think the Who- only progressive rock) and the drums get really loud, and we like it like that, and it doesn't seem to be much of an issue when the lead guitar player isn't there -but when he is.... thats when the guitars get all washy, the sound piles up like a train wreck, and nobody can hear themselves clearly. So how can we separate ourselves without sounding too thin or less powerful? Is there a way our lead guitarist can squeeze in with the rest of the band without having an overly thin, nasally tone? Are the presence knobs on our amps really the key to our success? so what do you guys think? p.s. Our lead player is really arrogant. How can I get him to listen to me without bitch slapping him?