My band is audition a new guitarist. We currently have 1 other guitar, 2 female vocalists, bass and drums. We have been together for 3 years. Departed guitar retired. We auditioned 2 candidates last night. We are not too experienced with this. Candidate 1. C1 is a stronger musician all around. Solid tone and gear. Completely prepared for the 6 audition songs. We did some jamming at the end. C1 was overplaying a bit. A lot of blues and minor pentatonic scales. Overall the quintessential rock guitarist. Sings well. Lives closer to other members. C1 knows he's a strong musician and giving suggestions on what others should be playing. We tried a song not on the audition list, C1 picked it up quickly. I question after C1 left how long would he sticks with this project. A definite talent. Candidate 2. C2 is a fine player. C2 had some gear issue with tube amp overheating (outdoors hot summer day). C2 sings well too. Not as strong as C1 vocally. C2 has better stage presence. For what it's worth, just looks better on stage visually with the rest of the band. C2 lives further away. Not quite as prepared with the 6 songs. Much more thoughtful playing. Played with an economy of style that I rarely hear. Playing chord tones through change and weave interesting lines. Modal playing when necessary. A real-time listener. C2 distance from the rest of band concerns me. The band is undecided. A good problem to have. We should invite both back for 2nd round. We have the next gig end of August. We like to have someone prepared by then. I appreciate some TB input.