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The cure for GAS?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SIFJiggy, Feb 17, 2014.


  1. SIFJiggy

    SIFJiggy

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    Sitting here getting sick of the fact that I lust after basses on here (and the rest of the interwebs):

    What if- I made myself broke as hell buying a bass?

    I know- I know - some folks have a somewhat unlimited budget. But many of us I would imagine have a breaking point as far as we're willing to spend -- even if you're a professional musician.

    So if I just order a sick Fender CS (normally, the top dollar I would pay is "American Standard" money) does anyone think that the GAS would subside?

    Keep it relative too- if you think 4-500 is typically as much as you'd spend - would it get rid of your GAS to buy an American Standard?

    I'm not asking about Fender brand in particular by the way- I'm just curious about the philosophy for handling GAS.
     
  2. Caustic Crunch

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  3. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass

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    They'll find a cure for cancer well before a cure for GAS is discovered.
     
  4. SIFJiggy

    SIFJiggy

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    Gear Acquisition Syndrome.
     
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  6. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass

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    GAS = Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

    It's related to BASS = Buy And Sell Stuff.
     
  7. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection. Supporting Member

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    It worked for me. I bought a custom spec'd Stambaugh J bass 4 years ago. I have no GAS for any other bass because each one I try is not as good as what I have... thus I have zero interest in getting another bass.
     
  8. ster

    ster Supporting Member

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    Cure for GAS? Stop visiting Talkbass and focus on your playing.

    Buying expensive gear thinking it will cure your GAS is like a drug addict thinking that spending all of his/her money on one last crazy weekend will solve their problems.

    Well not quite but you get the gist of it.
     
  9. progrmr

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    The only thing that cures gas is actually playing your bass instead of reading about bass...I am a full fledged gasaholic - I'd be MUCH better if I just played and avoided TB. I just don't have the discipline. :)
     
  10. fivestringgecko

    fivestringgecko Supporting Member

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    Depends on the person. I have an absolutely sick Stambaugh 6 string that's incredible, and I've bought two basses since then and have one on order. lol

    5sg.
     
  11. Caustic Crunch

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    Haha! Great!
    Thank You...
     
  12. SIFJiggy

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    *creaks wallet open*
     
  13. fivestringgecko

    fivestringgecko Supporting Member

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    +1

    Forgot to mention that. :)

    5sg.
     
  14. Maxdusty

    Maxdusty Supporting Member

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    Best cure is to get married....then tell your wife how much you spend on your basses. Instant cure guaranteed.
     
  15. SIFJiggy

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    Made my GAS worse, actually.
     
  16. fivestringgecko

    fivestringgecko Supporting Member

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    I've heard a couple good ways around this...*

    1) I get to buy [bass gear] for every ____ shoes you buy.
    2) Keep a gear fund, and every once in a while, buy the wife something with money from said fund.

    *disclaimer: I'm single, so I can't speak to the effectiveness of either option. I bet option #2 gets more traction though. :p

    I also know a guitar player who has a guitar museum (read: guitar pron) room... 54 guitars, 12 amps, 2 PA setups, drums... and enough neon lights to require TWO POWER CIRCUITS IN THE ROOM. His wife doesn't even notice new guitars any more. lol

    5sg.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. RumbleSteve

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    Yeah, easier said than done. 20 mins ago I got yelled at by my ol lady. She said " will you turn that down I'm trying to go to sleep ". I feel it's inportant to note that she is behind two closed doors at least over 40 feet away past a living room size room in another room. Big house but I guess not big enough:mad:
     
  18. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass

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    A good solution for that is a $49 Vox Amplug (the bass version) with an iPod and Sony MDR 7506 headphones. I can practice all night long if I want to, and nobody hears me.

    Just add those items to the GAS list! :D

    (and tell the wife that it's really for her!)
     
  19. Hues

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  20. RumbleSteve

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    I'v got a pair of HOSA headphones bought on a budget, but anything that takes away moving real air just isn't the same :crying:

    Besides, what good is having one if you can't let them know your interested in more than just you, but pissing them off too! :D

    +1 for the good advice though
     
  21. Maxdusty

    Maxdusty Supporting Member

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    Worked for me last month-(yes, I have a fund). I sold a Fender Jazz V bought a cheaper SUB Ray4 and gave her the difference. This appeased her enough to let me buy two other basses not long after with hardly a peep. :)
     

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