I have recently joined a new band playing some fairly heavy riff based rock. Think, black stone cherry, clutch, stone temple pilots, funeral for a friend and you have the kind of rough style we play.
overall im really enjoying it, they have some great songs and are a great bunch of lads. There is a bit of tension as the singer/guitarist is in another band and the schedules sometimes clash but otherwise no personality issues.
my problem is with the other guitarists sound. We have played a couple of gigs and at gig volume i think he uses far too much gain and bass. This means the songs/riffs/parts that he plays sound a bit muffed and just become ‘white noise’ in a loud mix. For me clarity is really important especially when you are playing original music that the audience dont know, they need to be able to make out what you are playing. I therefore tend to use the lowest amount of gain and bass i can get away with at gig volume.
I think to be honest he lacks a bit of confidence in his playing and therefore likes the security blanket of lots of gain and bass, it also means he sometimes plays his parts a bit sloppy because the sound he has is very forgiving and he gets away with it.
I want to talk to him about dialling down the bass and gain to improve the clarity of the sound which i think will then almost force him to play his parts more cleanly, again benefitting the sound. Problem is how to approach it as this could be an awkward/delicate situation. Any tips???