I'm GASing for the Unknown...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pringlw, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. pringlw

    pringlw Guest

    Nov 22, 2008
    Seattle Area
    How bad is that?

    I've got my Ric fretless sounding just the way I want it to. My Fender Jazz has never sounded better and (with Rotosound Rounds & SD Quarter Pounders) does what my Ric fretless can't (with the flats I put on the Ric). Both basses are set up to play like butter - and I like the sound and feel better than anything else I pick up in Guitar Center or some similar shop.

    But I'm still GASing. GASing for the unknown. I guess what I mean by that is I'm GASing for the higher end stuff you won't find at Guitar Center. The Alembics, Wals, etc.

    Anyone else have this incurable disease?
  2. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    I tend to get GAS when I see something cool or different in the TB classifieds, CL or even hanging on the wall of my local music shop.

    I have always been a real sucker for a good deal and have been known to buy things I don't need due to a great price.
  3. ausf


    Jun 24, 2008
    New York
    Yeah, you have a problem.

    If you have two basses that'll cover anything you need and they are perfect, why are you even looking?
  4. eyvindwa


    Aug 1, 2007
    Oslo, Norway
    I hear you, man!
  5. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    The grass is always greener.........
  6. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Albuquerque, NM
    You've got the disease.

    I find that my GAS has a few different triggers:
    1. Browsing the TB classifieds -- I can always find something I "need"
    2. Dissatisfaction with my playing situation -- I don't liek my band etc. so I take it out on my gear
    3. Stress or unhapinesss in other areas of my life -- bass gear is how I sellf medicate
    4. Ocassionally, the act of breathing will spark my GAS

    The most important thing is not to do something stupid and sell or trade off a piece of gear that you really love.

    Good luck.
  7. Sufenta

    Sufenta Trudging The Happy Road of Destiny

    Mar 14, 2002
    The Signpost Up Ahead.
    I don't know about you, but new ideas seem to reveal themselves to me in different basses. I pretty much keep all 7 of mine in my rotation for that reason and I always have my eyes and ears open for the next one.
  8. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    I really think the "Less eBay, more Mel Bay" quote is fantastic. If I spent as much time practicing and studying theory as I did on TB, CL, Kijiji, etc., I would be a MUCH better bassist than I am now.

    The only excuse I have for owning a dozen basses and STILL buying/selling/trading is that I have only been playing again for a couple of years after a 10 year hiatus. I was always a Fender/Stingray guy but all this new stuff like Sadowsky, Lakland, etc. made me buy and sell a bunch of gear to find what I really like. Hopefully I should be downsizing over the course of 2009.

    P.S. I play all but a couple of my basses regularly.
  9. unclejane

    unclejane Guest

    Jul 23, 2008
    Heh, exactly. I just record some of my playing and listen to it from time to time. Tends to knock the GAS right out (pearls before swine).....

    Or I record my L2500 and my G&L guitar. I realize I already have the voice of satan in my apt already, that helps get rid of GAS as well.

  10. nonconformist

    nonconformist Guest

    Mar 1, 2008
    I share your problem...

    I have a Markbass LMII, Aguilar GS212 (a very professional and capable bar/PA-support rig), along with a Human Base BaseX.oc 4 on its way (coming in tomorrow!!!). Should be rather happy, but there's always MORE (especially a fretless Ric!).
  11. Tumbao


    Nov 10, 2001
    ...I think you are ready for an upright Double Bass. ;)
  12. pringlw

    pringlw Guest

    Nov 22, 2008
    Seattle Area
    Oh don't worry I won't do that. I've had my Ric for 20+ years and my J-Bass isn't going anywhere either. I'm gassing for my 3rd bass. I just don't know what it is yet. In time it will reveal itself to me I'm sure. :)
  13. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    You need a pwer house rack like 600 watts per channel and super clean!!!
  14. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    I GAS all the time. Sometimes for something specific, sometimes just for something.
  15. Time to start gassing for amps.
  16. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    i compeletly agree with you.