#1
Simply put, my band has three guitars. One is me and I don't plan to quit, one is my drummers friend and I click greatly with the drummer(plus he's a family friend), so I'd prefer not to fire him and estrange the drummer. The other I click with as well as the drummer. Plus on top of this we're apparently getting a keyboardist soon. We have no bass so I was considering getting one of them to switch, but we're all poor, so we don't have money to buy a bass and a giggable bass amp. So, until then our keyboardist is probably taking care of the basslines Doors-style. That or one of us buys a whammy pedal. But moving along, until then, what do I do with three guitarists? Lead, rhythm and then what? All three of us agree on improvising solos, so harmonizing leads is generally out, so what?
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#2
well, all i know about arranging for three guitars is what ive seen from whitechapel and a hero a fake. basically, two lead guitars (second lead harmonizes) and the third guitar takes rhythm duty. sometimes the two leads have two completely different but harmonizing leads going at once. but yeah id look at some of their music for help if you can find it. good luck man
#3
There's no set rule saying you can only have two guitarists. I know a local band that has three and they're amazing. You can make it work with two leads, regardless of improvised solos.
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#4
Maybe you could have one on rhythm, two harmonizing for basic lead, then switch another to rhythm while one solos.

Basically

1 rhythm 2 lead when not soloing
2 rhythm 1 lead when soloing
#5
not everyone has to be playing all at the same time. Whoever sings could either stop playing or just play something simpler then the rest. Or just keep raising money for a bass. nothing like good bass.
#6
Play some Skynyrd
#7
1 rhythm and two leads. obviously.

not all three have to be playing at the same time btw.. it sounds stupid when three people play the same thing at same time
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#8
GNR play with 3 guitars.

Even the old Appetite sound was pretty layered in the studio.
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skynard did it they were big i dont see why not
though i dont like playing with more than one other guitarist

i actually prefer Mick Mars style and just steal the show haha
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Simply put, my band has three guitars. One is me and I don't plan to quit, one is my drummers friend and I click greatly with the drummer(plus he's a family friend), so I'd prefer not to fire him and estrange the drummer. The other I click with as well as the drummer. Plus on top of this we're apparently getting a keyboardist soon. We have no bass so I was considering getting one of them to switch, but we're all poor, so we don't have money to buy a bass and a giggable bass amp. So, until then our keyboardist is probably taking care of the basslines Doors-style. That or one of us buys a whammy pedal. But moving along, until then, what do I do with three guitarists? Lead, rhythm and then what? All three of us agree on improvising solos, so harmonizing leads is generally out, so what?


Then you need to compromise - if you want 3 guitars to work then you need to be a lot more organised and arrange more.
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#11
Why not gather up money for bass guitar with amp and you guys can play it together. I dont think there should be a rule that guitarist must only play guitar.
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