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When is time to drop the GAS?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I have two really nice basses that work beautifully for what I do, and my amp is simply the best combo I have ever owned. I could use another bass, but I don't need one. I also have been thinking about my age, and the fact that my children are pretty young. Maybe the time has come to really take a big step back from GAS, and focus on other issues.
  2. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    My cure for GAS: Reality. Sucks, but it works.
  3. I don't think there is a cure for GAS. You have to take a lot of economic anti acids.
  4. The cure for GAS is one more
  5. pringlw


    Nov 22, 2008
    Seattle Area
    I have a Musicman & a Rickenbacker. Once I get a Sadowsky my GAS will be cured once and for all.

    Um... yeah. That should do it.

    Have you seen the LittleMark III head yet?
  6. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    I have my two heavily modded Schecter's that sound nothing like normal Schecters, and I have a custom 5-string '51 TeleP currently being built for me by Rodent at Regenerate Guitar works (http://regenerateguitarworks.com)... I love the two Schecters, one of which is a 1 or 10 or less prototype, but I keep finding myself willing to sacrifice it for something else.

    Problem is... when I make a long list of basses I'm having a tough time finding a must-have. Keep coming back to the option of a Bongo 5 most frequently.

    But, I'm in between bands and honestly, the HH Schecter and J/MM Schecter and the upcoming '51 TeleP with Nordstrand Single Coil and Fat Stack are realistically going to cover a TON of musical tones.

    So I'm still gassing, but it's more of a hobby in itself.


  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I'm thinking I'm lucky because my favorite tones are Fender Jazz and Stingray, and I have two basses that do both of those tones very well. I bought 2008 American Jazz Standard V last year before the price went up, and I consider myself very lucky because it sounds and plays fantastic, especially since I set it up myself to my own playing style. I just bought a modded Kingston from Maconbass, and it is fantastic, it does a better Stingray imitation than I could have ever imagined.

    Another Jazz or maybe a Cirrus style bass would be cool, but as I said, it is far from necessary.
  8. superfunk47


    Sep 9, 2007
    Face it Doc, you're never going to be GAS free :p

    My solution for GAS: Stay off TB, gig a lot.

    Provided that you have a setup that does the job, you'll eventually forget all about the wishful "If I only had this and this, it'd be so much better because..." GAS mentality.
  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I know GAS is never ever really gone, but I feel that I really need to make a conscious effort to put it on the backburner. I also feel that I probably need to scale down my GAS. I probably will never spend the money I would like to get some of the basses I want unless gigging income dramatically increased, and I just don't see that happening.
  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I guess I could stay off TB, but I hope I can reach a point where I can look at a cool bass, and I say that is nice, and move on, the same way I do when I look at a cool car.
  11. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Read an article in a magazine some time back that offered a few "cures for GAS"... one of them was when you get the urge to look at gear porn, just turn off the computer or put away the catalog and put in some practice/playing time on what you've got instead.
  12. I think the cure for GAS is to never visit talkbass.com. I had no GAS whatsoever before I joined this site. I had a MusicMan Sterling and that was it and I was happy with it. 2.5 years after discovering talkbass, I currently own 9 basses, half of them being high end (Sadowsky, Lakland), rest of them MusicMen and Fenders. I've also cycled thru about 20 other basses.
  13. Bassman316


    May 27, 2008
    Longs, SC
    I've managed to do this, somehow. In my case, when I visit my guitar player up in Raleigh, we'll usually hit up the local GC or Sam Ash for a fresh set of strings, but of course we end up gawking at stuff we either don't need or can't afford. But we always go back to his place after I'm done drooling over Ampeg full stacks and Rics and high end Fenders and jam the hell out of my $109 Douglas bass through my Behringer amp. No problem.
  14. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.


    I now have 13 or 14 basses, almost bought a Bass Bilodeau last night (was $150 or so away from the reserve and passed) and close to buying a 70's Jazz.

    It is a hobby for me. I love the ability to play many different basses. Once I get a older Jazz, I will likely be GAS free once and for all.:rolleyes:;)
  15. Lincoln


    Nov 3, 2006
    the cure for GAS -- is listening to recordings of yourself. You're confronted with things that even the perfect tone won't correct. Practice and pay for lessons...
  16. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That sounds like a winner. I play to take lessons for a about year starting next summer.:)
  17. Every time I think my GAS is cured I buy another, luckily I like lower end pieces. I either need to put away about 3 basses or buy more stands.
  18. zenrad

    zenrad Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    Bergen County, NJ
    It was easy for me - 2 kids who need braces. All done. :crying:
  19. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I think that's a really healthy perspective and a good idea. I've spent the past six or seven years going from bass to bass, and recently from amp to amp. I now have a bass that pretty much fits all of my needs and my amp is a good one. If I've got all that what else do I need? For me it's time to step off the idolatry express and focus on family and honing my craft.

  20. The Cure for GAS = "Less eBay, more Mel Bay"*

    * Somebody on TB originally said this but I can't remember who.

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