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I finally found the ACTUAL cure for GAS

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tb-player, Jan 26, 2021.

  1. tb-player

    tb-player Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    It’s not been that long since I sold all but one of my electric basses, bought a couple more & settled in with 3 basses that I really enjoy, an Elrick NJS, a Fano JM4 and a Fender Custom Shop ‘59 Precision. Those 3 basses really get it done for me.

    But some days, I would still find myself looking at/shopping for basses, for no other reason than habit; until I recently took a trip and acquired something that would change my life... my New Standard La Scala double bass. Since getting my hands on this girl, I’ve not had eyes for another.

    Even more, while I consider myself an accomplished hack on the upright, I’ve recently started taking lessons from an instructor online. Now my dance-card is genuinely full, because I’m learning the right way to play... and it’s a welcome challenge.

    Every night, you’ll find me in my carriage house bowing away at my double bass. And with each session, it sounds less and less like large animals dying and more like something musical. It’s become an obsession... an addiction. And I’m loving every minute of it.

    And while I occasionally still pick up my electrics to play, I haven’t shopped for one in weeks.

    I think I’m finally cured!

    Ever get so busy enjoying an instrument that you forget to shop for another? :D
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2021
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  2. bass12

    bass12 A very hungry caterpillar Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I went through a similar thing when I bought my first DB and again when I bought my NS (a La Scala as well). I still get the odd GAS twinge but dedicating myself more to practise has diminished it significantly. Congratulations on the new acquisition and the new teacher. Have fun!
    JoshS, EatS1stBassist and tb-player like this.
  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I'm trying to learn bowing on my 6 string cello. This is an apt description of the sound (well, maybe slightly smaller animals dying, hehe).
  4. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    I know my cure. It is the issuance of my death certificate.
    friend33, phbass, coreyfyfe and 27 others like this.
  5. tb-player

    tb-player Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Bro! Stay with us... and GAS away!!! :thumbsup:
    2tonic and woodyng2 like this.
  6. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    I hope my last act on this earth is hitting the "buy now" button on XYZ bass!
    JoshS, expatmuso, 2tonic and 16 others like this.
  7. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    You know they're going to soak you for the long distance shipping charges!! :woot::roflmao:
  8. Eddie LeBlanc

    Eddie LeBlanc

    Oct 26, 2014
    Beaumont, Texas
    Don't create no problem, won't be no problem.
    I try this... LOL

  9. ejaggers

    ejaggers Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Fort Worth, tx
    I'm glad you're cured, but now I'm GAS'N for that Fano!!!.....057912
  10. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    True, bastages never let up! Bu the good news is I will not be bothered in the least at that point, so I got that going for me!
    B-Mac, JRA, tb-player and 1 other person like this.
  11. Nice collection! But there is no cure for GAS because it's based on WANT, not need.
    phbass, J_Bass, Wannabass and 4 others like this.
  12. tb-player

    tb-player Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Yeah, that bass surprised me. It is as close to perfect tone and playability as I’ve seen. I played it in-studio recently. Lots of comments and head bobs. I can’t recommend it enough. (Yes, I’m an enabler! :cool:)
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2021
  13. tb-player

    tb-player Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    True. I guess I’m not cured... just sufficiently distracted. :D
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  14. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    True GAS compresses and expands relative to temperature (SO?) and pressure (wallet) and can change state (bass to DB or pedals to guitar...)
    So congrats. I’ve been enjoying a lot of Reggie Workman lately. Do dig in and enjoy your journey. I’m shopping for a semi hollow Tele because it’s not a bass!
    George Dennis, B-Mac and mikewalker like this.
  15. mexicanyella


    Feb 16, 2015
    Troy, MO
    Don’t mean to dampen your enthusiasm, but you may have only exchanged GAS for LAS (lesson acquisition syndrome) and CAS (chops acquisition syndrome).

    Sadly, I don’t suffer enough from CAS.
  16. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    G.A.S. is a terminal disease. There is no cure. I have found that, however, that the more I gig, the more my G.A.S. goes into remission. I have had periods of constant gigging, rehearsing, and woodshedding that I haven't even looked at another bass, amplifier, other piece of equipment, just consumables such as strings, cords, batteries. But in this pandemic with everything shut down, well, the edges of my credit card are crispy.
    JoshS, Shookadeez, M.R. Ogle and 4 others like this.
  17. el jeffe bass

    el jeffe bass

    Nov 22, 2013
    New Mexico
    I admire your dedication to the cause.
  18. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
    My DB skills have sadly languished during the pandemic. Combination of no gigs and that all my electrics are in my home office/studio with me whereas my DB is in the living room with all the other family people and my daughter's guinea pigs.
    Blueinred and Holdsg like this.
  19. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    yep! and that's it's own gas!

    but i admire your commitment to the DB/lessons/practice = great stuff! keep on keepin' on! :thumbsup: nice-looking doghouse!
    woodyng2 likes this.
  20. Slough Feg Bass

    Slough Feg Bass Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    San Francisco
    yup, I been playing much more UB during the pandemic.
    slowly making my way through the Simandl 30 etudes...slowly...
    Swerve, tb-player and bholder like this.
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