No GAS = sad?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Thumper, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    With this year's purchase and use of my P5, SKB 3005 and Thunderchild 115, I am finally happy with all aspects of my gear. It has taken years to get here but now that I am, I feel sad or somewhat depressed.

    The P5 is all I ever wanted in a 5er, nice weight, great balance, beauty (black, maple, b/w/b guard), fantastic tone and an effective tone knob. My CS '59 NOS P is there when I want the same in a 4.

    My buckeye burl signature SKB 3005 is the fantasy bass we all want if $ is no object, it took me 2 years to chase it down, fund and acquire it. It has exceeded all my expectations and is the most beautiful bass I have ever seen.

    My J/P/J is the experimental platform we all want, I finally got it where I want it so no more changes needed (Lollar P PUP completed the mod process).

    My faithful Zon 5/1 is the ultimate backup bass as it is good enough to be a primary gigging bass and the light weight and slim profile minimize body strain and carpal tunnel caused by hours of practice.

    Markbass Little Marks are my amp of choice and I have 2.

    The purchase of an Fdeck completed my Pedalboard.

    The red composite TC115 is the ultimate cab for me. Featherweight (33 lbs), thunderous volume, fantastic tone at any volume, sexy - it has it all. I can't imagine a gig this cab can't handle. If I want to get stupid loud I'll mic or DI it or haul out the 2 Goliath III 410s.

    Vintage bass? I am the second owner (had it since '83) of a lollipop tuner '66J.

    So why am I sad? Is there anyone else out there who feels the same? Could it be because the thrill of the chase is gone? What to do.....
  2. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Like chasing girls. Same sensation
  3. As with anything else, just give it time. G.A.S. always comes back.
  4. Ronbassman


    Jun 1, 2011
    Go upright, see if that fills your GAS void.
  5. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    Have No Fear GAS will be There!!!
  6. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    was pretty calm until i saw that i could by a usa fender neck from fender and it got me thinking...
  7. Now that you're happy with your rig, it's time to get making music!!

    I feel ya. I'm pretty much satisfied with my current setup, but that changes every day. I may see something here on TB that will kick the GAS back into gear.
  8. Yeah, for real. I'm thinking my SX jazz may get a real Fender neck.
  9. LutherHeggs00


    Apr 11, 2006



  10. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    PLAY!!! GIG!!! That is the best cure for GAS.
  11. Ok, now THAT is cool.
  12. AngelCrusher


    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    I don't get this. You are saving money and have what you want. The key is now to focus practice and become a better player. That is far more important than gear.

    Someone compared it to girls..the chase is fun. But when you find a girl that fits your needs, now you focus on growing as a pair. Do the same with your basses.
  13. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    I was here 5 years ago (GAS free) but due to medical malpractice which really damaged the band leader who could never play again; the best band I was ever in disbanded. That was a classic rock band and eventually I tried to front a band but after 2 years realized I didn't have the vocal chops to carry it off.

    Now I'm in a good country band but needed to overhaul my gear (5 strings, lower volume, lighter gear). Got it straight now, kept enough to do rock if/when needed. I may be naive but can't see anything coming down the road that would make me replace what I have.
  14. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    well you can look to other places like fretless, vintage fender with flats, 6 stringer etc
  15. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    I guess what I didn't explain is that now I have to replace the research, review, comparison function of my Talkbass experience. I am stoked to finally be happy with my gear, it is a liberating experience. Being retired I start my day with a cup of coffee and the newspaper do the TB thing and then get on with my day. At night I usually TB, read and then sleep.

    Now my TB experience is different and I really am not finding much to read or engage in, that's what I miss, kind of like losing a friend.
  16. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    I do have a nice fretless, tried the 6 string thing (skb 3006) wasn't for me. I am gigging and I practice 6-10 hours a week without the band and 3 hours with.
  17. AngelCrusher


    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    That makes sense to me.
  18. I hear you. I'm currently in possession of the two best basses I've ever owned out of nearly 50. They cover everything I need, and I really have no desire to play any others. And yet, I'm plotting a custom build for no apparent reason, except for what you said about not needing to read much here when you're happy with what you have. There's something invigorating about researching different woods and pickups and hardware. So I'm doing it. :D
  19. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    I am in the same boat, but happy about being GAS free. Glad about loving Fodera, but hating my bank balance.

    I have owned/played almost everything and after 7 crazy years of buying and selling, I have found my tone. I still love looking at the TB classifieds and looking at new gear, but I don't think a new/different bass/amp/cab will make me play/sound better.

  20. Slough Feg Bass

    Slough Feg Bass Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    San Francisco
    yup, I'm happy being GAS free as well.
    now that I have a B15, Hammond B3 w/ Leslie 122 & a 60's Ludwig drum kit, I am the happiest rhythm machine around!
    I've been writing a lot of stuff, usually starting with a snappy bass part. So easy to record when I have the right tools. I never have to use much compression or EQ anymore, because all my stuff sounds so good. Throw up a couple mics, press record, and there I go.