The Used Band Loses Bid To Restrain Ex-Guitarist

8/19/2018 12:10 AM PDT

The Used Loses Bid to Restrain Ex-Guitarist

EXCLUSIVE

Alt-rock band The Used has some major issues to work out with ex-guitarist Justin Shekoski.

The band got a temporary restraining order against Justin -- 'cause of some threatening texts he sent after being fired -- but that order expired and the judge just rejected the band's request to make the order permanent ... citing a lack of evidence.

But, the beef isn't over.

Justin is still PISSED ... denying he made real threats, adding the band owes him money and recognition for his contributions to the group.

Shekoski doesn't deny sending text messages threatening he'd hang himself during a show -- but claims he wasn't serious about it and was just venting over the band's treatment toward him.

Justin's attorney Ambrosio Rodriguez says the failed move for a permanent restraining order was nothing more than a ruse to cheat his client out of royalties for the band's album, "The Canyon."