Buying basses.......is it an addiction?
I have a late model Fender USA Standard P, and a Roger Waters Fender P as a backup. They stay in cases 90% of the time. I practice on a budget Spector bass that if one of the kids knocks over I won't be upset (since the 2 main basses are gifts, and I'd feel bad for them being damaged). In a nutshell, I'm happy with my tone and the instruments I have.
I'm actually starting to annoy myself by looking at basses, and honestly wishing I had it. I'm not into any vintage gear, I'm not into buying and selling during my down time, and I really don't want a collection. So why ponder purchasing basses just because it's a good deal, or a nice guitar?
I find myself browsing the internet looking for gear I don't even want, LOL. I know I'm not alone in this either. These are hours that could be spent practicing, further educating myself on the instrument by studying theory, or spending time with family/friends. I'm afraid I'm going to have to go cold turkey (like I did with my Facebook page), and just stop. Cancel my Bass Player subscription and block craigslist, AMS, Guitar Center, Sweetwater, and Ebay.
I will say that I do rationalize before a purchase, and always talk myself out of it. I just see how easy it would be to get super carried away. I couldn't imagine how bad it would be if I didn't have a family that have needs that outweigh guitars, or if God forbid I was still searching for the tone I was looking for (for some people that never ends).
I'm not knocking anyone with a collection or assortment. Some people do it for a reason. I'm saying I'm spending serious time shopping for something I don't even want. I hope that make sense, and again I hope I'm not alone. Misery loves company, LOL. It is fun to browse though, but I've had over 40 basses in carts asking for the debit card number before I hit the brakes.
If you have the space, money to burn, and it makes you happy, then why not?
But if not, then you may have a problem. ;)
Nothing wrong with taking a look at what else is out there IMO. You might just find something that is a better fit for you as a player than your current instrument, and that is never a bad thing.
I am completely happy with my gear and I am trying to be a "less is more" or at least enough kind of guy.
Yet, I keep looking at the Fender Blacktop jazz wondering what it would sound like fretless...:)
NOTHING will make you feel your collection (or 'arsenal') is inadequate like hanging out here! :) On the flip side though, I got back into fretless because of this place, and I couldn't be happier (though some would frown at my Hartke amp choice). If you can get out to a store once in a while to play some of these basses that are out there, you can usually get over the GAS for them pretty quickly, IMHO. Or go broke ;)
Have since changed my ways. Am very happy with my most recent purchase and can't see myself wanting anything soon. Touch wood!
I was pondering the same thing today..I've been playing for 1 yr and I have 7 basses..I know I dont spend as much on one bass as I need to. I think they all sound different and inspire me to play a bit differently on each..maybe thats part of the addiction. .the sound. ..
I believe GAS can be an addiction, and like any other addiction there are different levels of it. I'd consider myself to have a little bit of a bad habit with it. Why? Because I have way more basses than I need, I often buy ones I have little use for, yet, I don't get into debt with any of it. It's a habit for sure, but a habit I know I could and would stop immediately if it were getting me into trouble. And while I realize those are the words of an addict :), I have enough experience with other things to know full well what I'm talking about and dealing with.
There are people, some who will admit and some who won't, who can't stop buying. They go into debt. They fight with their significant others. They risk their relationships, and spend waaaay too much time obsessing, searching, bargaining, buying, selling. It's a rush, it effects their lives in a negative way, yet they continue to do it for the immediate gratification. Those people, IMHO, are addicted. Some to the point where they may even need outside help.
There are far more dangerous addictions... but I've witnessed some people get into some big trouble with this kind of stuff. Not so much bass buying particuarly, but getting into debt with similar stuff. It can and does ruin lives. There's even a program called debtors anonymous, fashioned after alcoholics anonymous, to help people get their lives back on track. Maybe one day there'll be a GASohaulics Anonymous. :)
I spent about 6 months researching and looking at anything to do with the type of bass I wanted and which specific one to get. Eventually I got it and was totally happy but I really missed the hunt. So now I do the same thing as you, I go "shopping" but don't ever actually buy anything.
I don't think there's anything wrong with browsing. But if you do, you should definitely stay away from the website I just built BrowseMyGear.com. And you most definitely don't want to go to the browse page and filter by electric bases!
If you love gear, however, you should definitely check it out.
OH GOD I FEEL YOUR PAIN. Everyday I come looking at the American Standard Fender Jazz bass in white on white with maple fretboard...beautiful...unaffordable for me, but oh man...
Anything can be addictive. I knew a guy who straight up ruined his life because he compulsively played League of Legends to the point that he ended up homeless.
I dare say most of us don't have a legitimate GAS addiction per se. If you get that ugly remorse every time you buy something you know you can afford and will use you're probably fine. If you walk away 8 times out of 10 and you're able to sell something you don't need then you're more or less normal.
Pretending not to be an enthusiast would be dishonest, so why fight it. A person should keep close track on their interests.
The less money you spend on gear, the more you keep. I keep trying to tell myself that. I have a stupid amount of gear and I probably don't have 1/3 the gear that a lot of folks on here have.
It IS an addiction. I recently got a KBX (that I'd previously talked myself out of) and am now seriously considering a 6 string Spector. I keep telling myself "This will be my last bass" but then something comes up :D
My name is Rusty, and I too have a bass addiction. It started out as playing one, and just perusing CL, once in a while to owning many, buying, trading, selling, and keeping a close eye on eBay, CL, GC, and other classifieds. I admit I have a problem. I need help.
I used to be really bad about buying and selling basses, it was almost a monthly deal for me. About a year ago, after owning and selling several of my "grail" basses it slowed down dramatically. I figured out what works for me and I'm pretty satisfied with what I have. I often browse the classifieds and not much turns me on anymore. Foderas, MTDs, Warwick, Zon , Spector... I've handled or played them all ( Never owned a Fodera, played a NYC). I know what I like and what works for me... and, honestly, I've probably lost money on every bass that I've sold.
If you know what you like and what feels good it's best to stay home. You may buy and play other basses but it'll end up like broccoli toothpaste... something's off. Be thankful you learned you lesson early. I've owned USA Spectors that retail for well over $5K and my favorite bass is an 80's G&L El-Toro that I got for $800. To me it sounds good, feels good and I'm not afraid to gig it. Lesson learned.
40 basses in carts? Good brakes bud... not like mine...
But I happen to own 18 basses now and I think 36 already behind me
On my TB profile you can see 23 basses (5 are my brother's) and 46 gone (10 were my brother's)...
So, no cart here
Real "in my hands" basses, effectively bought, owned and sold.
I'm worse than you
Feel happy for your "brakes"
I don't NEED any new basses or gear but I seriously WANT a Fender or Squire VI. Soooo much. I'm sure it will happen regardless of how hard I try to avoid it so I'm just going to go with the flow.
I'm new to this and yes it is addictive ! Just started playing this year and ordered my fourth bass last night!! My first Pbass !!
Yes it is an addiction. It is also an unwelcome diversion from developing playing skills. Since 2010, I have bought 42 guitars and 8 basses. Total of £38,000. Now I have 1 guitar and 3 basses. I broke the addiction by convincing myself that the only basses that I actually needed were an Am Std P and J with a Gibson SG for variety. My playing has improved greatly and I no longer suffer from "What On Earth Am I Doing" attacks.
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