My guitar buddy won't be talking to me for awhile! He keeps dropping his bassists from his band because they like to turn their amps up a little louder, he's from the school of thought that metal bands should drown out the bass with layers of loud guitar! I finally lost it and told him that without the bass, you ain't got heavy and that if more guitarists had the balls, they'd give bass a try and see how "easy" it is! Guitarists and especially keyboardists seem to have this reputation for believing that they are the powers of the music world and songwriting for that matter. Bassists are not expendable(Metallica), so give us some credit where credit's due. There's a million guitarists in the musicians classifieds in my newspaper, but I don't see many bassists. Why? Because there's a shortage of good bassists out there. The majority of kids who take up the guitar wanna solo for 10 minutes to some girl in the front row. I'm guilty of this myself, but when I see a kid who wnats to stay in the back and lay down a groove, it's like a breath of fresh air!! This post has no point to it I know! I just wanted to get it off my chest!