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The secret steps to get rid of GAS

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by pmaraziti, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. pmaraziti

    pmaraziti Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2006
    1. Unsubscribe from "Talk Bass" For sale section
    2. Listen to Matt Garrison, Anthony Jackson, Gary Willis or whomever is your idol... it'll make you realise you better practice instead of "thinking how to invest your money in music"
    3. Getting a boy/girlfriend... she/he'll shout at you each time you bring a new bass home... it's a powerful deterrent....
    4. Buy that favorite bass that will make you definitely a happy bassist....
    5. [.....]

  2. spectorbass83


    Jun 6, 2005
    That just about covers it.

    #3 is pretty effective :smug:

    Another thing you could do is -
    Before making the purchase...ask yourself; do I really need this?
    Like, do I REALLY need this vintage 1969 Ampeg SVT head and TWO matching 8x10 refrigerator cabinets?:D
  3. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I don't "suffer" from GAS much, but my girlfriend never complains when I get new equipment...:D
  4. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    My wife bought me my last bass. At least she SAYS it's my last bass...:D

    Nowadays, whenever I get bad GAS, I get something to mildly alleviate it, and pay for it out of either band money, bonus money, (all kept in MY OWN DAMN ACCOUNT!) and have it shipped to me at work. Then, on nights when she works late, I take it out of my truck or car, and put it in the garage (usually behind a bunch of other junk). That way, whenever she roots around out there, she may not notice it. If she does, it usually has a fine coating of dust on it, and I can say "Oh, baby- that old thing? I've had that for a long time...notice the dust on it? I don't use it much any more, thanks for finding it! I think I'll use it next gig!" :D :D :D


    Don't lie- I know y'all do the same thing! ;)
  5. beano1.

  6. I lol at you.
    there is no cure for GAS, you know that deep down inside.

    lol anyways, number 3 is pretty effective.
  7. jive1

    jive1 Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    My wife does that with clothes or shoes. She'll get something and it will hide in her closet for months.

    Then when she pulls it out, and I say, "that looks like a new outfit". And she'll say with all honesty, "I've had this thing for months".
  8. pmaraziti

    pmaraziti Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2006
    A bassist friend of mine bought an inexpensive MIM Jazz last week... they had a verbal fight with the wife... she comes back this week with a 70+" Plasma TV... she said "you bought the bass, I boutght this..." :)
  9. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Have a baby or two, buy a house, a van a ...
  10. pmaraziti

    pmaraziti Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2006
    Van is good for moving the equipment...
  11. ForestThump


    Jun 15, 2005
    Take a long objective look at your bank statement.
  12. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Buy the best sounding, loudest, lightest stuff you can and then be done with it. Hope I can follow my own advice!
  13. Hawaii Islander

    Hawaii Islander Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Rio Rico, AZ
    There's NO cure for GAS, only temporary relief! ;)
  14. lawsonman


    Dec 19, 2005
    NW IL

    +1 Well said!:D
  15. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    I'm not subscribed to it...I just check it compulsively

    I listen to 'em while I'm searching TB classifieds

    Got one...she knows better than to get between me and my bass gear

    Check...filled that void in my soul for a few months, now I'm GASing for a vintage-ish looking P-bass

    That's the best suggestion yet! LOL
  16. Humblerumble


    Feb 22, 2004
    I don't know what you guys are talking about? :confused: GAS doesn't bother me at all. Well at least since I got my Nathan East sig bass about two weeks ago. And of course I couldn't just put any old strap on that bass so I had to order one of the TalkBass Moody straps. Gas what gas? :D Man an Aguilar 750 head would go well with my Aggie GS410...that way I could just leave the Walkabout head IN the combo and not have to go to all the trouble to take it out and stuff...yea that's it ..:smug:
  17. Take up a drug or some similar addiction. That way you'll spend money on said drug rather than gear, or living expenses, or food...

    Seriously though, GAS has never been a major problem for me. I don't think it's something that you just "get rid of," but something you keep under control. Here's some tips:

    1. Set ridiculous thresholds for yourself like "I'd only buy a bass if it was a G&L SB-2 in purple or redburst at this price, and only buy it used." If you are incredibly specific about your GAS then it makes the piece of gear much harder to come by, and therefore you'll be tempted less often.

    2. Set conditional rewards like, "I'll only buy a piece of gear if I can set aside a certain number of months to budget for it." Or "If I clear this much in my credit card bill then I am allowed to buy <insert gear here>."

    3. Keep a limit in the amount of gear you can have at one time. If you're only allotting yourself 3 basses at once, and you GAS for another bass, then you will seriously think about your situation and whether you really need another bass.

    As ForestThump said, take an objective look at things, especially your bank account. Getting new gear is fun and sometimes a given. Often we don't just get stuff because it's better than what we have. A lot of it is because we like that Christmas feeling of getting a new toy or gift, or we like to horde things.

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