the day I have been dreading. The guitar player in my rock band bought a Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Standard. Beautiful guitar, flame maple top. Great sound. And very very loud I cut the bass, boosted the high mids, and played up the octave when I could, but I sometimes could not hear myself. And, yes, the bass sounded like sh*t. It didn't help that I was beside the amp since I tried to back up as far as I could away from the guitar amp. So, it looks like I am going to have to bring my second cab to practice and, what I have been dreading, wear earplugs (resigned shrug smilie). My ears aren't ringing but are borderline. I am going to have to crank the bass to get enough volume and this *will* put it over the top. I hate earplugs. I hate having to wear them at concerts. But my ears are very important to me. Thanks for letting me rant.