Have G.A.S....but im not sure if its for the right reason...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by homercaholic, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. Ive been playin bass for about 2 years now, mainly just in my room by myself. I have a Peavey Millennium BXP that I love, feels great, sounds good (but i really have nothing to compare it to) but now im seriously GASing for a something a little bit higher end, something in the $750 range like a Nice Fender P, Stingray or something like that. The problem is that i put down the guitar for a good 6 months or so and am just now getting back into it again so im not sure if my severe want for a new bass is a passing fad because im getting back into music again...but will soon go back to my tried and true peavey (happened before) or if I really really want a new bass to last me a long time.

    How do you guys tell if its something you want because you truely feel you will benefit from a new bass or if its a passing case of G.A.S.?
  2. taygunov

    taygunov Guest

    May 8, 2008
    Its gas, it doesn't have to have a "right" reason, it's just you wanting gear. If you want a new bass go to a music store and try it, and you'll have things to compare your BXP to.
  3. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    Well...you only live once...

    I've spent enough money on gear in the last 20 years to have bought another house...
  4. MaxMaps


    May 26, 2009
    Portland, Oregon
    I was kind of in your same situation, this is my second time around playing bass, I look the longest break in my life (1 year) only taking it out off and on. Then 8 months ago after I went through and sold my entire gear collection (my full stack, a MMSterling 5) and then gave the rest to my cousin (unbeknownst to me).

    Currently in my life now I have never played better and been more excited about playing bass, 4 months today I bought a Schecter Omen Extreme 4. I love this bass and its top notch for 400.00 USD but it really made me want better gear. I keep thinking about it because playing for so long I know the difference of what a 400.00 bass and a 2,000 bass can both sound like and feel.

    In two months I have essentially replaced everything and GAS getting the best of me walked away with a custom G&L ASAT (I drove 6 hrs round trip to bring it home).

    I know for a fact that nothing feels better than a new bass, take a look around here and see some of the amazing collections that people have.

    Having a good quality bass is a great great thing to have. There a some who have the same bass for 5 years + and we all know that you bring the player not the bass ( I learned that the hard way) but ...

    Nothing feels good as a good solid bass. Get one, you only live once.
  5. man! now there's some words!(reminds me of my older bro with his first Harley),,,,,,,,,,,,myself i `had' guitars off and on(more off than on)the `bass' is an instrument i never ever thought about playing,,but(now that i'm `old?) i love the cheap one that i have although i'm definatly ready to move upward in quality

    so after all that blithering why not buy a fine peice of equipment(if you can afford it) and just buy some old relic slut`strat' copy for kicks from a hock shop?,myself i'm lusting for a slut`tele'(for the country/rockabilly twangthang having focused on `rock' my whole life)remember the `old' part?:D

    be good to yourself if you can afford to!;)
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I recently bought a Jack Casady bass and realized that it's in a different class than most of the instruments I own. I bought it as a fixer and paid less than $400, but the bass took only a few minutes to fix and it's in the price range you are considering.

    My point is that buying a better instrument - especially if it's a different type - can open your eyes to new possibilities.
  7. +1

    I don't anyone that got a second go around. So splurge a little and live a little. Look what's out there and try it. If you find something you like in your price range, go for it.
  8. That gas is from reading too much and playing too little. Enjoy what you have and try to play in more situations and with more people before you decide what you need.
  9. John127


    Nov 13, 2007
    New York City
    When this happens to me, I wait and see if it passes. Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't. Give it some time. Over the past two years I've bought and sold a few of basses but now I've been happy and gas free for quite a while.
  10. yamark


    Jun 6, 2009
    Lancaster, KY
    I miss my millenium bxp. That was my first electric.

    750 range-check out lakland skyline 4401 or 5501
  11. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    I hear you! Here are three reasons to consider feeding your GAS:

    1. The excitement of a new toy will motivate you to play the hell out of it once you get it, which means putting in more practice time, which will make you better. Of course, the newness effect will eventually wear off, but then you'll pick up your Peavey again and remember how much you love it too. Then THAT will seem like a new toy again for awhile, and so on. Anything that encourages you to play more is good.

    2. As Pilgrim noted above, different instruments inspire different musical and technical ideas. Each one of mine cries out to be played a different way. Anything that promotes creativity and breadth in your playing is good.

    3. As long as you buy something of quality that will hold its value, you haven't really lost anything. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that your $750 is "gone" if you spend it on a new bass. But that money isn't gone: It's just been converted from one form (cash) to another. If at some point in the future you need the money in cash form again, you can sell it. If you can't get back the same amount you bought it for, you can think of the difference as the cost of "renting" it for however long you had it. If that's a long time, and you got a lot of use out of it, it'll be a bargain.
  12. Could look at a USA Millennium if you really enjoy the BXP.
  13. Relayer71

    Relayer71 Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2009

    I've played guitar for close to 20 years and aside from lusting after PRS guitars (they're soooo pretty but damn pricey) and always wanting a 72 Tele with humbuckers but never buying one, I never really had much guitar GAS.

    But after playing bass now for only about 2 months there at at least 5 or 6 basses I have some serious G.A.S. for!!!

    And that's from reading TB and seeing all the great bass pics (it really is porn!). Also from reading bass reviews, checking out manufacturer's sites and paying some attention to NAMM (something I never did previously).
  14. Relayer71

    Relayer71 Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2009
    I will say though, that getting a new instrument will add a lot of enthusiasm to your playing so it's still a positive thing.

    But the enthusiasm TO PLAY has to be there to begin with... after the honeymoon period with that new instrument, you still have to WANT to play.
  15. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    So, what did you decide? Did we persuade you one way or the other?
  16. There is no wrong reason to have GAS for something.