This is more of a share story type of deal, I'm not really looking for advice on how to deal with it. Cover band with 2 guitarists, lead and rhythm. Neither is that good, the lead is solid with chords and as a rhythm guitarist he'd be passable, but his leads can be pretty painful (lack of feel, playing out of tune/off key). The rhythm isn't that good at all, don't play with feel, or dynamics, just kinda beats on the guitar. Doesn't practice, so at rehearsals, before every song it's him wanking, LOUDLY, trying to remember it. They're good guys, but frustrating as musicians. I've had issues with these guys before (volume wars, "oh XX is playing too loud/wrong part", etc), but now, since I'm in a few other bands, instead of stressing, I've just decided to hang back and just do my part. This band doesn't gig that regularly, and they aren't all that great so I figure I'll just try and have fun with it since I have other, better bands that I can express myself in. So, here's the latest: I show up to rehearsal a few days ago after having not rehearsed with these guys for a while (only get together before gigs, and they only gig once every few months) and lo and behold, the rhythm guitarist has a shiny new Gibson SG. Really nice axe, the "typical" SG color, red/black. He used to play a MIM Fender Fat Strat with modified pickups. I dig the SG, sweet looking guitar, sounds good, but still, he should've spent money on lessons, not gear, because he just looks like a poser now considering his skill level. Amusingly enough, the guitar was cutting out during rehearsals, he got it from GC, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was damaged. I get a call today, and it's the lead guitarist. He informs me that he just bought a shiny new Gibson Les Paul Standard. He used to play through a Jackson, and always banged on about how great it's tone was, how he liked it better than Fenders, etc. Clearly he decided to go with a Les Paul to try and "one up" the Rhythm. He too needs to sink more money in learning how to properly solo, instead of learning solos incorrectly and not properly practicing. Anyway, I'm certain I'm not alone here, any other interesting tales of passive aggressive guitar wars.