I check the musician board on Craigslist Chicago a lot. It seems like bands are always looking for bassists and drummers. I guess everyone wants to be a singer or a lead guitarist! Recently there were some postings on how to get along without a bassist...with suggestions such as adding a bass pickup to your guitar and wiring it into a separate amp. They also suggest that bassists won't give one band all the attention because they're juggling 5 other bands or they'll leave if they don't like you because they know they're in demand. It seems like they want us, they need us...and they hate us. In my only band experience everything was all about the lead guitar, and the drums and the bass were just there to back it up. The music didn't sound right when I wasn't there, but when I was there I was supposed to be helping the lead guitarist/singer look like a star. If that's how it is, I can see why there aren't many bassists...and why a bassist might choose to leave a band. What's your experience?