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How far have you gone for GAS?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jfh2424, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. jfh2424

    jfh2424

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    I am considering another bass purchase. I don't really need this new bass, I own several other ones, but I would like to own it. Such is GAS!

    However, my wife and I really want to pay down our mortgage, which is our number one objective. So I am looking at this bass and wondering whether it is worth it.

    I am wondering how far we on TB have gone to get relief from GAS. I don't mean in terms of miles to buy a bass, but more how many difficulties have you decided to put yourself through in order to buy a bass.

    Thanks!

    John
  2. vbchaos

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    Fortunately, not much... I own two basses right now - my Washburn bass is almost of my own age, I got it from my parents when I started playing almost 20 years ago (so no trouble/GAS here) and my Ibanez (my main bass) was what I was looking for when I switched my sound 3 years ago... But I was in good-whether financially spoken, so the only problem was to drive 4 hours to the shop where I could pick it up.
    I feel a certain temptation to get other/more basses, but in the end, I can resist'em. I know what I have, and I like what I have. It is my sound, our songs are written in a way that they always match one of my two basses... And in the end, it is just rock music, and I can only play one bass at the same time... And I always laugh at Robert Trujillo who switches instruments after almost every song :)

    But to be honest: I miss a Jazz-bass in my collection... And there will be the time when I get one :)
  3. j.kernodle

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    when I was 17 I bussed tables all summer to save money for a Musicman stingray. all my money went in an envelope and that cash purchased a money order that went to Dan Lakin to buy one if the used ones off his newsletter.

    took a LONG time working 5 hour shifts for $5 bucks an hour.
  4. snyderz

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    I've never put myself in a hole buying a bass, as I know when my budget allows for one. I'm down to 5 basses, but have had as many as 12 or so at one time. I DO liquidate a bass or two if I am in a bind, so they become a sort of currency if needed.
  5. Davo-London

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    I had my 76P (from my Dad) and then a 78P fretless both from new (my money) then didn't buy another bass for 20 years!

    By then I had loads of money!!

    : )
    Davo
  6. unclejane

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    The worst I ever did was when I was in college the first time in '82 or '83. Like a million other kids, I spent part of my college student loans to buy my first Rick 4001. It was in a pawn shop for $450 (we'll never see those days again!). Blew quite a big hole in the ol' beer budget for sure.

    Since then I've been very deliberate about what I get, with one exception. My L2K was an impulse buy - it actually had an unlined #8 neck on it sitting there on the rack so I had to get it right then and there. By that time, tho I already had my first job and was able to afford it sort of.

    I finally paid off all my remaining debts about 4 months ago (tho no sooner did I do that than my job became insecure only weeks later) and that has been the very best investment I've ever made. So obviously, if I were asked, I'd always say put the $ towards the debt.

    Right now I'm GAS'ing for a Carvin Bromberg, but I'm also a) no longer a gigging, performing musician, b) already have my Bunny 4 and the previously mentioned L2K, c) job can go bye-bye at any time unannounced and immediately. So that's holding me off.

    So basically my threshold of pain is a lot lower now and I"m a lot more tight with the precious little pennies I have stuffed away here and there. Playing my other basses helps with the GAS also.

    LS
  7. Flyingfrets

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    In years past, I was really bad about it...smuggling them into the house, BS'ing like, "Oh that? Nah, I've had that for years. I just don't play it much," but never had to borrow from Peter to pay Paul so to speak. Financially, it wasn't a hardship so I got away with it.

    Now, with the kids grown, trying to help them get on their feet, a son in college, and medical bills that come with getting older, it's a little tighter.

    A few weeks ago, I was in GC with our guitar player. He was seriously shopping & I just went along for the company. Just strolling around minding my business when I found an Ibanez SR370F. Not their top of the line, but man, I just really got into that bass. One of the few fretlesses I've ever been able to actually play & I wanted it...BAD!!! To compound the issue, they had some kind of sale that meant I'd have been out the door at $299. Yeah, I could've afforded it without too much trouble, but I just kept telling myself, "I do NOT need another bass, I do NOT need another bass," and I really don't, but lemme tell you, walking away really pee'd in my Cheerios.

    But I was strangely proud of myself for resisting the urge...
  8. Baird6869

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    I am partially commissioned at work so if I have a great month/quarter, I treat myself. Never financed and never a bass over a vacation or family stuff.

    When I was a kid, I saved and saved from my 3.15/hr job to buy a Fender P, Stingray and Gibson G3. Painful, but satisfying.
  9. jamestown94west

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    All thru my 20s, I never owned a nice vehicle, had my bills paid on time, or had a steady girlfriend. But, I had a rack full of Gibson guitars, a couple that were custom shop, and another rack for non Gibson, which included vintage epiphone, fender American deluxe, and I can't even remember what else. I had about that much in amplifiers, and a pedal board that looked like it came straight from the space shuttle and needed two people to carry. I hardly ever had food to eat, and often went without. I spent a lot of late nights after work sitting on my couch I got from the goodwill, my dog and I eating the same peanut butter and crackers for dinner, while I jammed and rehearsed on my Gibson les Paul thru my vox ac30. Sometimes I miss those days, but I think I'm better off now. :)
  10. Laurent

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    I try to sell something before buying something new. It prevents accumulating too much gear that does not get used and it forces me to ask myself what is essential or most important. It's been a healthy process.
  11. DeadGoonz

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    Right out of high school (early 90's) with no vehicle, no real job and living at home I financed my Tobias thru a local store with a crazy high interest rate. I just could not resist it. Many many years later I payed it off, probably the worst financial decision I had made to date. Then to top my own stupidity I sold it to help out my girlfriend who needed $. Needless to say I was not together with her for more than two yrs all together. Wow I feel so stupid looking back. Doh!

    Please learn from my stupidity everyone...
  12. musicman666

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    I cure my gas by looking at bass porn.
  13. msact

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    Don't buy anything you can't afford. The only debt I carry is my mortgage. Everything else gets paid in full every month. Credit companies haven't earned a penny from me in a long long time.

    Pay the mortgage first. That's much more valuable than a bass.
  14. Chico16

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    Man if I didn't have a girlfriend, my room would be sooooooo packed with basses and unnecessary gear. Unfortunately I have a girlfriend :( lmao
  15. troy mcclure

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    I always say i will sell something when I am buying something else, I do sometimes..lol
    When I was younger and my kids were young, I went 15 years without a bass related purchase. Soon as I started gigging I got gas pains big time.
  16. hrodbert696

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    Kansas City.

    I live in New Hampshire but for the last couple of years I've gone to Kansas City for a week to score AP history tests. The first time I was there, I visited a music shop and there was the weirdest-looking five-string hanging behind the counter. I tried it out and fell in love - fantastic neck, great tone, 35" scale, and light and perfectly balanced. It was $800 and I was broke, so I couldn't buy it.

    The luthier was John Toon, who's a TBer in KC, and apparently the bass didn't sell from that shop and he took it home eventually. I spent all year drooling over that instrument, found his website, and when I went back for AP scoring the next year, met up with him (nice guy!), bought the bass, and he shipped it to NH for me. It's still my main gigging instrument.

    So, yeah, GAS for a single instrument halfway across the country, sustained for a whole year till I finally could buy it...
  17. kreider204

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    None whatsoever. I never spend money on gear that I don't have, and it rarely even comes out of my basic salary - I will usually pick up extra work of some kind for fun money. I would much rather pay my mortgage down than have a bunch of gadgets lying around that I don't really need.
  18. Biggbass

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    I've never gone into the red to buy an instrument or any musical gear.
  19. StevieMac

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    As much as I truly love a NBD, mortgage free day is way, WAY better IMO.
  20. Musiclogic

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    30+ years ago I learned to build what I couldn't afford to buy

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