I've expressed my frustration with bass players, in general. (no one HERE of course) The guys I've been playing with have been off since before Christmas, and we have practiced a couple of times this year for a gig coming up this weekend. The bass player is a super nice guy, but isn't very good, and it frustrates me. He thinks he's Chris Squire and has to fill up every second with too many notes.....his tone is HORRIBLE... and he often sounds like he's fumbling around trying to find the root of each chord. He would sound so much better if he'd play way fewer note, get some flatwound strings, and cut his volume in half, but he just won't take any tactful, constructive suggestions. All this has got me thinking.....maybe I need an upright bass player. It seems "overplaying" would be less an issue, and keeping things simple would occur more naturally. Do any of you guys play upright, or WITH an upright bassist? Most of the upright bassists you see on Youtube are excellent musicians anyway, so it's hard to judge whether they sound good because they ARE good, or if the instrument lends itself to more "tasteful" playing? I'd love to find a great Rock n Roll upright bassist, but don't know where to look.