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What is wrong with me???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by berklee46, Nov 6, 2003.


  1. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    MA
    My name is Scott and I've got GAS. ;)

    I've got two very high end basses being built that will be here within several weeks (Curbow and GB), yet I still keep looking on the bass boards and eBay to see what else is out there. Obviously I don't *need* anything else, but that doesn't stop me from not only looking, but thinking about what else I could check out.

    I know that many others have the same ailment, but is there really a cure, or is this a lifelong illness? I mean, I could easily cover my gigs with the basses I've got, but...

    Plus it doesn't help (or hurt) that after my wife's shopping spree a few weeks ago, I threatened that I was going to go and buy another bass, figuring that would slow down her clothes shopping. But all she said was "I think you should - if it will make you happy." Not the answer I expected! Damn her! :D
     
  2. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Yep, it's a lifelong illness. I've yet to turn 17 and I've already owned a dozen basses in under three years. I'm always looking, always playing, always lusting. There's no cure, but it can go into recession...just buy something new, you'll be in recession for a week or two :p
     
  3. Adjust your settings, and think of the sound you are going for.

    Thats the G.A.S. Beano. Natural and safe.:D
     
  4. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    MA
    It's not so much that I'm going for a different sound, since the different basses I've got cover a wide range, but it's the fun of some variety and something different. :)
     
  5. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    That's why I always seem to be one short of a perfect collection.
     
  6. bovinehost

    bovinehost

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    There's nothing wrong with you that I can see.

    Stop worrying, get another bass. They come in all these different colors, you know?
     
  7. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    MA
    Jack, if I could only find one in this color...;)
    [​IMG]
     
  8. AMJBASS

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Man that is sick! Not in a good way either!

    I think most of us have the same problem. I do not need another bass AT ALL. However, I seem to find myself wanting a new one all the time! I have everything I need to pull pretty much any gig off that comes my way, but that just isn't good enough;)

    Post #600:)
     
  9. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    Nothing is wrong with you, blame it on the internet, I do! It beats porn addiction, but it's probably not any cheaper.

    I'm trying to own and play evertyhing that interests me. After going through 20+ basses, I'm settling in on a some "it" basses, but there's always room for experimentation.

    The bottom line, GAS is an addiction which is difficult to quit. If you do, it's just because your addicted to, and spending $ on something else.
     
  10. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002

    i don't think jack feels the same..lol

    the piss bass

    steve
     
  11. Move to an island like me...the only basses available here are low end ones.

    Of course, I'm going back to Canada for Christmas so I may fulfill my current GAS for a Stingray while I'm there.
     
  12. jdombrow

    jdombrow Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I do the same thing, except I know that I'm not going to buy anything unless I sell off my expensive gear and downsize.

    I look at several websites (bass-related and stero-related) at least once a day to see what's for sale and to read the discussions. It educates me and helps me keep up on current trends. And once in a while I buy something, but only if I can sell something else to ease the cost.
     
  13. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    MA
    I'll be in Grand Cayman next Sunday on vacation, when the cruise ship stops there for the day! Anything you recommend checking out while I'm there? How's the scuba diving in that area?
     
  14. Hey Scott,

    Just think, you could get another GB bass with the money you're spending on the vacation!! Journey DVD arrived! I want a Curbow!!
    Cheers for now

    Rumblebass
     
  15. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    MA
    Grahame,
    I'd love to add another GB to my collection and may just do that!

    Sorry I haven't PM'ed you back yet. I was hoping to hear some news from Bernie this week and be able to have something interesting to tell you. :)

    I'll be in touch tonight. Not a bad tone on that DVD, huh?
     
  16. Scott,

    Amazing tone out of the Curbow. I'd like to hear one 'in the flesh' so to speak. You'll be spoilt for choice! Will you become the 'bass player to choose' when Bands are looking for a bassist in your area?
    Cheers for now
    Grahame
     
  17. Edwcdc

    Edwcdc I call shotgun!

    Jul 21, 2003
    Columbia MD USA

    Does your wife have a sister?
     
  18. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    you GOTTA do the Stingray City trip !!! ( no reference to the Music Man bass)
    it is unique in the world and the experience of a lifetime- you will be sorrounded by thousands of them, all very tame and you can feed them in the water- outrageous!-
    the Scuba diving? are you serious? it's world class!!!!
    then you can sit an eat rum cake and somke a fine Cuban - oh, man...it's making me want to go!-
    by the way, i was a gasoholic- then i got an F bass- now the problem is i keep wanting F basses with different tops!!
    there is no hope.....:(
     
  19. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    MA
    Adrian, I think we'll do the Stingray City trip. It looks very interesting, but I'll have to make sure the wife is up for snorkeling. Sometimes she likes it and sometimes she gets freaked out a bit. (Thank God she doesn't dive!).

    The only Caribbean diving I've done was in Cozumel and it was absolutely amazing. Considering all my dives have been in the cold dark Atlantic, it was like a different world, so I'm looking forward to doing a few diving excursions during the week.

    One question about the F's - For a short time, I had a BN4, but noticed that even the slightest pull back on the neck could cause the notes to choke out against the fingerboard. Hopefully I'm describing it well enough. Play around the 3rd-5th fret area and just put a little pressure on your left hand, does the neck stay pretty rigid, or are you able to choke the notes out? Aside from that, I loved the F's. The sound was so good that I sold it because it made my beloved old Status 2000 sound...umm...not as good! :p

    -------------------------------------------------
    She does, but my buddy married her! :)
     
  20. I think Americans play instruments that are far better and more expensive than their real needs. So many rooms have such bad acoustics, your tone just gets lost in the aural "mud" anyway. To the audience, it's just a boomy thunk. They're more interested in hearing the singer and the guitars. The drums and bass can be like the plumbing; they get noticed only if something goes wrong. (O.K., I'm exaggerating a little to make a point, don't get bent out of shape.)

    Of couse, if you're in a recording studio, tone becomes very important.

    I played an ESP LTD in a blues band. ESP's aren't thought of as giving a blues tone. Yet nobody ever said anything about my tone.

    Sometimes I'll go to a club in a foreign country, and the bass player will be playing something that would be an entry-level instrument in America, like a Squier. Normally you won't see that in America. The last few bass players I've seen in clubs were playing Laklands or vintage Fenders.

    Probably most of the frequent posters on this forum have GAS to some extent or another, or they wouldn't be posting here.

    I guess GAS is O.K., if it keeps people off the streets....