I forgot to mention something...
My engineer will be doing (if we take on this project) the final mix and master at another place where he also works (a high-end studio).
The guitar player wants to do the final mixdown, himself.
No, I'm not kidding.
He only wants the engineer there to run the gear and tweak the knobs.
I doubt that my engineer buddy will love that "great" idea.
It seems that the guitar player blames the sonic failures on his last CD project on everyone involved, except himself.
I mean his playing ability is great.He's got some good ideas.Some of his songs have great potential...BUT.....
He's one man wearing too many hats and some of those hats are a really bad fit!