Out of GAS? How is this possible?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by aekisz, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. aekisz


    Jul 4, 2006
    So I now have 8 basses:

    Gretsch Junior Jet
    Squier CV 70s Precision (upgraded)
    Cameo 60s (restored and upgraded)
    Fretless P Bass (mix of new and old parts)
    Huntington Supro I
    Telecaster Frankenbass (new and old parts)
    Eberle Hybrid double bass
    Ergo electric upright

    All are 4 string. They cover any kind of tone I could ever need. None (other than the Eberle) cost me more than $900. And I feel absolutely no need to acquire any more (I'm allergic to 5 strings).

    I feel the same way with gear too -- amp (Quilter BB800), cabinets (2 Eden EX112s), effects pedals. I tried making a list of what I should save up for or purchase next and came up with a blank. Is something wrong with me?

    I even considered getting into bi-amping or investing in a fancier microphone but neither really make any sense to me. Is there a word for this condition?


    Dec 15, 2013
    I now feel the same way no more GAS. It's actually a very nice feeling too. Satisfied is the word I would use.
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  3. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi aekisz :)

    Yes! You need help!!!


    This is witchcraft!!!

    It can 't be explained otherwise! :laugh:

    may the bass be with you

  4. 6AM


    May 31, 2018
    Buffalo, NY
    Give it some time. It builds back up.
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  5. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Springtown, Texas
    I have an unusual form of GAS. I don't have something in mind I go looking for. But, I will, occasionally, stumble across something, particularly basses, that catch my eye. At that point extreme GAS kicks in and I may or may not be able to control it, depending on how pretty it is.
  6. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    Satisfied or practical or realistic are all words I use. I have been pretty GAS free for years. I look, and sometimes I really get the itch to pull the trigger (like a Roscoe Classic PJ for $1,300) but then I play my bass - Roscoe Century 5 -and realize that my NEEDS are covered. Sure, other basses would be fun/nice and I could maybe justify them, but really, no one has ever said anything about a bass I have played at any gig. I’m early, I play appropriate parts in a tasteful way that supports the song/artist, my gear is in good repair, and I know my place. I think those things get you further than a p with flats, a p with rounds, a pair of similar jazz basses, a stingray, a gretch, a...

    Some people do need all that. They tour. They record. They have disposable income. That’s great. I find I can do anything I need with my Roscoe 5. I can get a variety of tones, and it’s the best playing/feeling neck I have tried.

    I was on the merry-go-round but I am relieved to be off. It’s a lot of work to always be looking for your next last bass.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2019
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  7. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Hang in there. The GAS will strike you again. Soon.
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  8. mbell75


    May 23, 2016
    The trick is, to get ONE bass to cover your tone. The greats don't sit there and pull out 8 completely different basses at shows, they usually have just their #1 or maybe add in a second. Unless of course you are a collector more than a player.
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  9. aekisz


    Jul 4, 2006
    It’s happening! I’m reading up on vocal mics. Beyerdynamic M88s!
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  10. aekisz


    Jul 4, 2006
    Nothing I have is collectible really. But I probably could get all the sounds I need from my T Frankenbass. That’s the keeper in the bunch though there are sounds that some of the others make that are pretty unique. The Gretsch has a warm thump I’ve never heard anything else make. The sharp piezo in the Supro is pretty special too.
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  11. Jscriv


    Feb 3, 2017
    Tonawanda NY
    In currently sleeping on my futon in my bass room upstairs because we are sleep training out newborn and I'm the one still working while my wife stays home with the baby. This morning I wake up and of course I look at my rack or basses and think.....dude I really can't think of another bass I REALLY want. I can rattle off 10 I'd like to have sure, but the drive isn't there. I have a bit of gear GAS though. I want an Aguilar sl410x cab and I'd like and orange rig as well. Currently the stable consists of:
    EBMM Sterling 4h white w/ maple board
    EBMM Sterling 4h desert gold w/ RW board
    EBMM Sterling 4h mint w/ maple.board
    EBMM US SUB sterling teal w/ Rw board
    Fender Franken-P (geddy neck)
    Fender franken-jazz (warmoth RW neck. Bound and blocked)
    Ibanez Talman 301
    Ibanez sdgr 305
    Ibanez gio (first bass)
    Ibanez acoustic
    Ibanez agb140
    Yamaha Rbx260f
    I think that covers all of em. Most I have strictly because they would only sell for 100 bucks or less and they have more sentimental value than that
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  12. Jscriv


    Feb 3, 2017
    Tonawanda NY
    Wait does recording gear gas count??
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  13. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Owning many things is a lot less satisfying than owning the right things.
    So, I am selling loads of mostly unused cables, from evidence audio to Analysis plus, hoping to lose some weight.
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  14. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    This. . . .

    When you own the right stuff you can then focus on improving your chops and technique.
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  15. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    Your in remission.

    It will come back unannounced.
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  16. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    I have too much. Every time something catches my I think "yes, but the FGN covers that" or "the Starcaster feels so good" or "the Jazz Bass Special can pull Pmduty."

    Every time I think I want to sell something I think "man, this Jag deluxe is amazing" or "short scale, big body jazz box bass? Hell, yes."

    I have too much, but it's just enough.
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  17. MakoMan


    Oct 17, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
    My GAS is always at bay until I see a bass for sale that I like :)
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  18. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    Sometimes controlled overindulgence is the single best cure. In the last five years I’ve acquired more basses than I’ve owned in the previous 45 years I’ve been playing.

    It’s been a fun fling. But I’m pretty much done. I’ve got one bass left on my bucket list. However, that one would set me back more than what I’ve paid for everything else I’ve got. So I seriously doubt that will ever be anything other than “the one that got away.”

    And that’s fine. It’s good to still want something. ;)
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  19. 2strings2frets

    2strings2frets Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2017
    West Virginia
    I own six: a four and a five Schecter, a Thunderbird, a SUB, a Mikro and a Rogue violin bass. I am content but Sweetfest is coming, only the Shadow Knows
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  20. Gas is like, well, gas. A natural repeating event.
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