I've had an experience recently that has led me to an "aha" moment about G.A.S. or "Gear Acquisition Syndrome". I've always been trying to figure out what drives people to acquire so many basses or gear and to be honest, I use to think it was innocent in some ways, but maybe it really isn't. I think the real driver behind it is based on a persons own happiness level. More gear, less happy. Just like mo' money, mo' problems! Greed is a very power thing. I always remember that phrase "the things you own, end up owning you". When, applying this to G.A.S., how many basses, amplifiers, etc does one really need? And what is the point of owning all them? The saying "less is more" really does apply here. Listening to the radio recently allowed me to catch some information from John Tesh's radio show, he was explaining decision making. He basically explained that happier people make decisions all the time and move on with life. Those that are unhappy always seem to have a problem making decisions and don't move on from them. So, if someone continues to acquire gear, maybe it's a result of them being unhappy with their own lives. And I'm not saying a small amount, we're talking large amounts of gear. I'll be the first to admit, I understand this problem, but thwart it by selling or trading off gear. To be honest, that's just a way of circumventing the situation. And having said this made me realize what the true power of owning things really has over people. Just for fun, I thought I'd post some links that are somewhat related to this kind of stuff, but more related to money. As they say, (edit the love of money is the root of all evil....and it's so funny how there are so many of us that think winning the lottery will solve all your problems. Well, maybe owning an entire house full of gear and basses really doesn't either! Especially when you don't even have time to use or play any of it, what's the point owning any of it? Intelligence For Your Life - Are Your Financial Decisions Making You Unhappy? Intelligence For Your Life - Can Having More Money Really Make You Happier? Also, I was searching around youtube recently and an ad came up where Carlos Santana is speaking about teaching.....but within the first minute or so of this clip, he explains the soul of music. Very inspiring stuff. And hoping his words will help thwart some people's G.A.S. and get away from acquiring stuff.....and get back to playing again! Because really.....how much STUFF do you really need? Thanks to everyone who have been contributing to this thread! Love the responses!