I'm in a 5-piece cover band that plays classic rock, alternative, blues, as well as a little bit of country. We've been together for about three years. We're all in our early-to-late 50s. We all get along, all of us are team players, and are serious about the music, but we like to have fun doing it. We all have families, day jobs, mortgages, etc., and don't rely on the little bit of money that gigs provide. Recently one of our two guitarists quit the band, so we've auditioned two guitarists so far. One of the stipulations is that the new guitarist be able to sing background vocals/harmonies; being able to sing lead vocals is a plus but not a deal breaker if they can't. The first guitarist that we auditioned plays guitar really well and is a really good singer when it comes to lead and backup vocals/harmonies. He's 54 years old, seems to have a really good personality, and a first impression shows he's a team player. The second guitarist is a better guitar player than the first guy we auditioned. But he admits singing is not one of his strong points. During his audition he sang some backups/harmonies and did a fair job, but nowhere near like the first guy we auditioned. The second guy is 42 years old, seems to have a good personality and would probably be a good team player as well. After he left the audition to go home we had a discussion about him. Our other guitarist, the drummer, and the lead singer/keyboardist were off the wall impressed with his chops and ready to offer him an invitation to join the band; I was not on board. We still have another guy we can audition, and I'm not so sure the second guy is THEE guy! The dilemma, as far as I'm concerned, is that, while the first guitar player's chops aren't as good as the second guy's chops, the first guy can definitely sing, and he's not a horrible guitar player by any means. But my fellow band members seem to have a man crush on the second guy because of his better guitar chops, even though his singing abilities are sub-par. Our backup vocals/harmonies haven't been the best, but by no means horrible, in the past, between me and the other guitarist providing them. But with the first guy we auditioned, I was impressed with his singing abilities and knew right away that he would definitely improve that area of concern. Yes, my fellow band members were also impressed with his singing abilities. But the second guy's chops seem to trump the first guy's singing abilities. We'll continue to be a mediocre band when it comes to backups/harmonies if we go with the second guy, or we'll improve greatly in that area if we go with the first guy. I've voiced my concern about this but the other guys are too smitten with the second guy's chops and are willing to overlook his inability to sing. I apologize for the long post, but I'm looking for advice. Should we "settle" with the second guy just because he's a really good guitar player, or go with the first guy who has the much better vocal abilities?