When GAS gets in the way

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 4sight, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. Let me preface this by saying that this is in no way a criticism of anyone or anything, just my own personal experience of late.

    I've never been a big collector of basses (I current have "only" 6), but I do spend an inordinate amount of time cruising Reverb/eBay for the next deal, or reading posts on TB (hey, you guys are pretty entertaining after all). This is all well and good, but I spend more time doing these things than, you know, playing bass.

    With that in mind, I'm taking a somewhat drastic approach to the problem, I'm going to sell everything except for one bass (a Precision, naturally). I don't gig at the moment, so I don't need a backup, and I'm going to practice every day until I suck less than I do now. Yeah, wish me luck :)
  2. Practice makes perfect, so the saying goes. 40+ years still not perfect but vastly improved.
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  3. I hear you. I'm going through the same process right now. I'm trying to go from 5 basses down to two. I'm going to keep my Kiloton 5 fretless because it's my favourite bass to date, and am looking to get another Kiloton 5 fretted as my main axe.

    I've gone through 15 basses in just over two years, after 12 years of owning just one. I'm trying to keep to around 4, but learning about what I like/don't like by doing so.

    My only fear is that I'm still going to want an LB-100 for that true P sound when I'm done, but I'm trying not to.
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  4. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    I’ve done this. It actually helped me get away from knob twiddling and bass switching
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  5. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Sold them all but one in the past & just ordered a 2nd one today, LOL!
    However, it was under $150 & will likely be the lightest (solid-body) bass I've ever owned.
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  6. So, the practicing is going well (or as well as can be expected given my lack of talent :roflmao:), but the GAS is trickier...

    All of my basses (except my first, a 90s Yamaha that doesn't get played but was a gift from my parents) are up for sale, so naturally I'm considering buying a new one to be my "one and only". Insanity. I have plenty of serviceable basses, but "a fresh start" and "it'll motivate me" are self enabling phrases I keep finding myself thinking... Good ol' GAS.

    Current plan: used Squier VM P (not PJ) and add some Model Ps and a threaded saddle bridge. Then that's it. No more. Honest?
  7. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Supporting Member

    I find having many different basses keeps me playing more as I have them on a rotation with 5 out on stands at all times.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2019
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  8. First, make sure you can cover your normal daily/monthly expenses. I see nothing wrong with buying whatever you wish after that.

    On the other hand, I’m married so I try to limit my bass purchases to 2 per year to keep my wife’s blood pressure relatively low.
  9. It’s sounds like plan. I’ve been there and done that and there is some validity to it. Lot of people buying gear they don’t use who aren’t in an active band which is ok if that’s your thing and you have nothing else going on I guess. I mean I know people who spend a fortune collecting action figures lol. I’m to the point now where I mainly get on TB when I can’t practice. For example, i work night shift at a hospital and I have a lot of downtime once I knock out my daily to do list. After that I’m basically sitting around watching tv waiting for an emergency surgery. That’s when I spend the majority of the time browsing online and reading stuff on talkbass these days.

    Best of luck to you.
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  10. SteveC

    SteveC Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    I’ve been playing one bass for 6 years. It’s nice not to be looking for my next bass all the time.
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  11. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    I can totally relate. I spend a crazy amount of time E-window shopping and goofing on TB. time that could be spent practicing.

    I'm not really interested in versatility (P bass player, reporting for duty!) But my hang up is quality. I keep dreaming about upgrading my squiers to a Fender (or GL or Lakland or....)

    I imagine it will make me a better player. Or finally inspire me to practice more. Or open doors to new gigs. Or earn respect of my peers.

    But in my heart, i think its hogwash.
    Practice time > gear time.
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  12. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    PS cool plan! Hope to catch your "one and only" NBD when it happens :)

    Good luck, those non-PJ VMs are rare birds!
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