GAS - Does it ever end?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Yonni, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. Yonni


    Oct 31, 2016
    With other hobbies I have managed to get to a place where I know that what I have is good enough to see me til I die - photography, road cycling and mountain biking. Everything I own is good enough for what I do and I'm content. But with bass, I have an active Lakland, an Ibanez jazz, and Ampeg BA108 and a Fender Rumble as well as a Boss GT-1B, yet I keep yearning for a Fender P in green with RW board, or PJ with Jazz neck, black with red tort, or a J with stacked knobs, or a Nate Mendell, and an Eden amp, or a bigger Ampeg, or...

    I know that what I have is good enough and that much better players than I am get far more out of less (e.g. Squiers, Sires etc) but its lust, lust and more lust. I keep going into shops and trying stuff out (and I have the cash to buy if I find anything) but actually nothing sounds any better than what I have. So why do I spend my lunch breaks drooling over instruments that look great but are no sonic improvement on what I have? My teacher thinks I'd be mad to swap my Lakland for anything - he loves it and he plays a beautiful EBMM. Is there a cure??
  2. No
  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Yes. Play what you have, and realize whether you have one or a hundred basses, you will always like more shiny things. Think what other places the money could go, like a vacation, or into your retirement.

    I'm 54, other than my first guitar, which I bought when I was 11, if I'm not gigging it, I'm selling it.
  4. byoung93888


    Sep 29, 2011
    Asheville, NC
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  5. No, but it can be managed. I find that rotating my instruments in terms of which one I'm playing helps to deflect whatever GAS pangs might be creeping into my psyche.
  6. mrcbass


    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    First, you need to step away from TB for a few months - this place is the worst if you're trying to beat GAS. You don't have to follow the lemmings off the cliff - stop looking and spend your time getting the most our of what you have. If you don't like what you have, get something you do, but seriously, unless you're straddling the jazz vs. P line, 90% of your sound is in your hands, not your gear.
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  7. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Richlands, NC
    Is there a cure...NO....does it ever end...NO.
    Rock on.
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  8. ShoeManiac


    Jan 19, 2006
    New Jersey
    I can definitely subside. Mine has for a while because life can get in the way.
  9. D M C

    D M C Oh good god, this again?

    Feb 19, 2015
    North America, Earth
    Not bass video, but good advise on GAS nonetheless.

  10. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I've got The Bass & The Amp for a while now & I'm very satisfied with them, but...
    I still like shopping!

    These days I'm spending as little as possible, just turning a cheap bass into a sleeper.
    It's sort of like a community service, because when I'm bored of my current project bass I'll sell it for cheap locally & make someone happy.
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  11. Yonni


    Oct 31, 2016
    I’ve started frequenting the local pawn shop on the look out for a cheap P bass. I’m telling myself that I can pick up anything that looks like a bargain. That’s keeping it a bay. I don’t know how many I’ve played in music stores recently but every one managed to underwhelm me.
  12. Clark W

    Clark W Just Say No To Tort! Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2018
    Yeah, 6ft under. Outside of that, I don't think so. For me it's dangerous to even walk into a music store to get strings. Or like last night, some new picks I wanted to try out, uh oh, try out? Yeah let's check one out on this bass right over here. Thankfully I escaped with just the picks and my pocket 5 bucks lighter. But it was a close call. I'm still thinking about that neck. I might have to go back and caress it some more today, it's lonely. :laugh:
  13. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    no GAS here.

    OP: try a tin-foil hat: it increases self-consciousness to painful levels, but the foil really does reduce the 'buy-me-now' impulses. YMMV. good luck with your compulsions. :thumbsup:

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  14. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    I've been fighting some GAS myself past few months. Spending way too much time looking online, and like you say spending lunch breaks at the guitar store.

    I think @mrcbass is right; TB only makes it worse.

    I'm in a paying cover band, with all the gear I need for this gig. Yet I want to "upgrade" my bass. (And we're talking squier -> MIM fender here, nothing too crazy) the GAS finally left when I realized:
    1) what I was looking at was no better than what I had (a direct result of my hands on testing.) And;
    2) it will not make me a better player. (This was a big one for me.)

    Then of course comes the amp GAS. (Still wrestling with this one.) My band has a low stage volume, and I can use a Rumble 100c. My BL even specifically told me I dont need anything bigger. Yet I find myself GASing for a 500c. I tell myself it would prepare myself for future possibilities... so I'm still working on this one...

    My interest in Buddhist thought tells me to beat GAS, we must be mindful. We can enjoy the sensory pleasure of playing a bass, but not get attached to the idea that any one bass will make us happy.
    Desire and Craving

    But, my love of P basses tells me you should get a P bass. :p
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  15. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Sitting in the basement bangin’ on a variety of basses, even playing along to songs has its limitations.

    I GAS more for playing situations that prompt thoughts about how gear can make the gig more enjoyable.
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  16. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    It does. It has for me, anyway. There is just no more room in my house for gear. I surrender.
  17. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I hope not. Mine did for a while and it wasn't as much fun. I truly enjoy trying out different bass gear.

    Sure, I practice. But I also hunt down fun new stuff to play around on.
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  18. No cure. Remission is the best you can hope for.

    I was in remission until a week ago when a Epi Jack Casady popped up on CL. But Im done with GAS for now.....unless a Mustang or a Ric pops up for a great price....
  19. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    In my case, GAS is over. I have a great double bass for orchestra, a Vertical Bass for amplified gigs, 3 bass guitars that sonically cover any genre I might get called for, and enough amp/speaker combos to cover any gig I might get where there's no backline. I look at the classifieds every day, and honestly can't find anything to buy. So, instead of obsessing over tweaking this and that and looking for the next cool thing, I spend my money on lessons and my time practicing. I have a bass guitar on long term loan to a friend, a bow on long term loan to a colleague, and will be donating a speaker cabinet to an underfunded music school in the Bronx next week.
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  20. No. If you love bass, you love basses and you don't have to marry just one. I also would like to remind you that there are a whole lot of new cameras and lenses - mirrorless, more MPs, can't let GAS stop there either.
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