I mean I guess Strings are "gear" so maybe its till GAS? I've kind of pushed the threshold of what my wife is willing to allow in so far as basses in my collection (3) So to bring new life / fun to things I've been experimenting with new / different kinds of strings..and boy is it fun. Just had all my basses set up and strung w/ various flavors of flats (yes i'm in a flats phase) and its just so much fun. My SB-2 is like a completely different beast w/GHS Brite Flats. Anyways I'm having so much fun and loving how different (and new) my babies are w/these different strings.