Ace Troubleshooter

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Ace Troubleshooter
Origin Plymouth, Minnesota, USA
Genres Pop punk
Years active 1995–2005
Labels Tooth & Nail
Associated acts Guerilla Rodeo
Relient K
Members (The following is the final lineup of the band):
John Warne
Toby David
Joe Krube
Josh Abbott aka Fatboy
Past members Ben Dewey
Jimmy Taylor
Isaac Deaton
Dave Douglas
Cody Oaks

Ace Troubleshooter (often shortened to Ace) was a Christian pop punk band formed in December 1995, signed to Tooth & Nail Records. According to John Warne, he came up with the band's name after reading the phrase ace troubleshooter in a history book.[1]

Death of Ace

Ace Troubleshooter came to an abrupt end in February 2005 when lead singer John Warne left to play bass for Relient K. Toby David posted the announcement of Ace's death on the band's message board, mentioning that even though he was not an original member of the band, he felt like he was. [2] It has been said that Ace was starting to fall apart as it was, and they were not going anywhere, which may have led to the band's split.


The Ace Troubleshooter lineup changed several times; even Relient K former drummer Dave Douglas filled in as a guitarist for a short time. Only two original members remained when the band came to an end. Those two members, John Warne and Josh Abbott, both played in the short-lived band Guerilla Rodeo shortly before Ace's death. While John Warne went on to play for Relient K, Josh Abbott went on to play for My Red Hot Nightmare.

Final line-up

Former members

  • Cody Oaks – bass (1995–2001)
  • Dave Douglas – guitar, backing vocals (2001)
  • Jimmy Taylor – guitar (2001)
  • Ben Dewey – bass (2001–2003)
  • Matt Pacyga - bass
  • Isaac Deaton – guitar, backing vocals (1998–2003)

Friendship with Relient K

Relient K was often known as the "brother band" to Ace Troubleshooter. Relient K and Ace toured together for years, and the members were all friends with each other. This explains why Dave Douglas filled in as a guitarist for Ace at one point and why John Warne filled in as bassist for Relient K when Brian Pittman first left.

Relient K's Matt Thiessen said in 2000 that they were allowed by Ace to live on their bus, as Relient K was just starting out. This show was one of the cases where the band's schedules resulted in them playing together.[2]


Title Year Label Billboard 200
Peak Positions
Back in the Shootin' Match 1996 Independent
Don't Stop a Rockin' 1999 Independent
Ace Troubleshooter 2000 BEC
The Madness of the Crowds 2002 Tooth & Nail
It's Never Enough 2004 Tooth & Nail


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