The Triple G (Great Gear Guilt)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Bruiser Stone, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Dayton, Tennessee
    Without spiraling too much into introspective psychoanalysis, I’m curious: does anyone else feel guilty about having nice stuff?

    I’m not a professional musician, but nothing I own collects dust, and at this point in life, I can afford high quality stuff so long as I move other items and avoid redundancy. But I recently bought a very sweet class D head from an extremely nice fellow TB’er, and after a few days, I developed a really bad case of buyer’s guilt. I'm asking myself: why did you think you need this? I feel silly having it even though the head and the cab underneath are both portable and very high quality. I feel like I’m not good enough yet to have it, that I’m not worthy.

    It’s the kind of guilt that makes the very act of playing miserable, and in addition to listing both the head/cab for sale yesterday, I swung so far in the other direction, I briefly put my beloved P Bass up for grabs. For a moment, I felt pretentious having a birth year bass, felt silly for having an emotional attachment to an instrument, and I had decided to sell most everything just so I wouldn’t have the pressure of possessing things beyond my caliber.

    Am I alone and crazy? Has anyone else found themselves in a cycle of seeking nice gear but feeling disillusioned when they actually get it? I feel like a flake posting stuff for sale here in classifieds only to take it back down, but this is the reason why. I didn’t grow up destitute, but we were definitely a paycheck-to-paycheck household. I’ve never really grown accustomed to enjoying success as an adult. I see a lot of gear flipping here, and I wonder if others maybe feel the same way.
  2. mrcbass


    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    As long as I feel I did due diligence regarding my "need" for something, no. I have some stuff that I wish I'd never bought, but at the time I had good reasons for doing so. No need to feel bad about it. I try to move stuff to the next owner when I've determined that it not get used again, but I don't rush into that either - what if I find that I need it again. Pedals move in and out of "need" as my gig evolve, for example, so I don't mind holding on to them).

    Doesn't sound like rent/mortgage is not getting paid or there are any children going hungry, so enjoy your stuff and live your life.
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  3. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Dayton, Tennessee
    Yeah, I should lighten up and get a grip. The more I play through it, the better I feel about it. :D