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Our guitar player is quitting the band

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by REV, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Our guitar player called to say he's quitting the band. When I asked why he said, " I like to get up early on weekends to go to yard sales to look for old records and it's hard to get up early after playing the night before." He's really serious about this. I couldn't talk him out of it.
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  2. hondo4life


    Feb 29, 2016
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  3. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
  4. Oddly

    Oddly Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    That sounds like a pretty weak excuse.
    I'd imagine there's more to it than that, but if he chooses to use that as his reason then that's his right, I guess.
    Hope you find a decent replacement soon!
  5. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Everybody has priorities. I see no reason for him to abandon his, or for you to abandon yours.
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  6. Maybe you can find a new guitar player at a garage sale?
  7. 2BitHack


    Nov 11, 2014
    This is what happens when you dont fire the drummer.
  8. Grumry


    Jul 6, 2016
    What does he do in the winter months?
  9. Das Jugghead

    Das Jugghead

    Oct 28, 2015
    Go see the guitarist's new band and fling old disco records you bought at yard sales at him using a skeet launching machine.
  10. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    He listens to the old records that he bought at yard sales....:rolleyes:
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  11. 9Thumbs


    Jul 3, 2013
    Twenty five years ago, I quit to raise kids and chase striped bass. I'm back now. Perhaps he will have a change of heart in ten, fifteen, maybe twenty years and he will come back to your band.
  12. Ebay is open 24/7....
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  13. Personally i prefer my basses in solid colours but each to their own....

    347e02632c2ff3ec0eb63181b38e8958. Hilton-Guitars-Sk8Bass-Body-600x315.
  14. 2112


    Apr 30, 2005
    So you start looking for a new guitarist. Ain't no one that ain't expendable... :-D
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2017
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  15. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    I think you may be overlooking an opportunity here. With bar gigs drying up and musicians making less these days maybe it's time to explore the local yard sale gig circuit.

    Picture it. Lots of grannies and young suburban couples with cash to spare and homeowners who need to draw a crowd to browse and sell their junk.
  16. gumtown


    May 7, 2007
    New Zealand
    Blackmail him into staying,

    anyway, guitarists are a dime a dozen.
    Just like waiting for the next bus..
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  17. JeffG667


    Amen to gumtown. I was always in original bands before i started my current project which is now on it's 8th financially viable year! (It's my main income source). I took it really REALLY personally when someone bailed on the cover gig. I was not used to that kind of "take it or leave it....whatever" attitude. Every new replacement has been absolutely for the best! Hang tough. THE guy is out there.
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  18. Sounds like a fine reason. I was getting tired of being in a band that rehearsed Saturday nights because Sunday was my one family day in the week. Sometimes the thing you once prioritised just isn't top of the list any more.
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  19. J Wilson

    J Wilson

    Feb 18, 2017
    OK, Fine. Get another guitar player.

    I also think it's a given reason instead of what really drove him to pull the Eject handle, but it really doesn't matter. Better that than some screaming hissy argument.

    But . . . . . I also love flea markets and yard sales (though I doubt I'd quit a hot band over it), and another flea market regular? Leland Sklar, a big nut for these things !
  20. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    The same thing happened to me late last year. The reason was "I've got other things going on besides music". Shocked me after ten years playing together. He said he wouldn't mind jamming once a month or so with an occasional gig but didn't want to commit to playing every weekend. Fortunately another lead player I've known for years was available and excited to join us. It's worked out great, almost like a new band.

    If the rest of your band is into what you're doing then look for a replacement. Things have a way of working out. :thumbsup:
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