We auditioned several people. He seemed by far the most simple. We were in a rented rehearsal space that had amps and stuff provided. He walked in with just his guitar and cable, no pedals, and plugged straight into the provided amp (Fender Blues Deluxe, I believe). All of his tone variation was from using the controls on his guitar. He adapted the best to all the styles, I thought.
One guy was a classic country player. He did well on the country song, not as well on the others. His tone was kinda one dimensional on everything. Great player and nice guy, but not the right fit.
One guy came in with a 6ft long custom pedal board. He probably gave the single best performance of the day on the Petty song, but didn't adapt well at all to the country song. His tone was washed out with effects, and couldn't seem to find the right volume blend. You could barley hear him on some of the recordings.
Another guy I already knew, played in a band with him before. Incredibly good player. He did well, but comes with a lot of drama. Also brought in an insane amount of gear for a 3 song audition.
As for temperament, he seemed pretty laid back to me. Came in, did the audition, didn't have a ton of questions. He kind of moved around and seemed into it, which tells me his stage presence would be pretty good. Followed up with an email the next day with some video showcasing some other stuff he could do (slide, etc). For some reason, he gave my bandmate a weird vibe. I think he viewed the laid back thing as being unprofessional, like maybe he would bail on a gig last minute or somethign. Tough to tell a person's true personality and fit in a 30 minute audition.
Anyway, bandmate now thinks that he maybe isn't good enough, that we could do better. Wants to keep working with our current guitarist until we find the perfect fit. Our existing guitarist listened to all the clips and kind of over-critiqued this guy's audition, which I think plays into it.
Page 3 reveal: current guitarist doesn't really want to leave the band, but told us a while back that he didn't have time for rehearsals due to work and family - like EVER again. Only gigs. We would rehearse new material on our own, then try it out at the gigs. That doesn't really work for me for a band situation, at least not as new as we are. I think he was disappointed we wanted to find someone new. So, while he's a good guy and a personal friend, I think he's kind of hoping we don't find anyone so he can stay in the band. However, we recently played a show where we hadn't rehearsed or played together for about six weeks, and we had become very sloppy. Even friends in the audience commented that our endings were kinda sketchy.
We are kind of an unusual format, and while we are booked for some gigs, our schedule isn't full. Myself and my bandmate also play in other bands. So I personally feel like we have some strikes against us to lure in the "perfect" pro player.
Edited by Howie, 13 January 2020 - 10:07 AM.