I've never had GAS. Oh sure, I've bought equipment, and lots of it, but I've never bought anything that I didn't really need and would only buy it if it could make me money. For 15 years I played every gig I did on a 1976 Precision. It had been modded a lot, and I bought a couple basses in the meantime, but I always came back to the P. Then 5 strings came along, and about 8 years after they became widespread I decided I needed a fancy boutique 5'er to compete. Anyway, long story short, after 30 years of playing bass, I own a grand total of 7. A Fender Jazz, a P copy, my modded 76 Fender P that's now a fretless, a boutique 4 with a whammy, a boutique 5, a crappy Steinberger copy for fly dates that I never fly with, and a broken 1960 Gibson EB-0. And the boutique basses were $1200 and $1500, and that's hardly anything for a bouqitue bass. The only time I ever bought an amp is when the one I had broke and couldn't be repaired or I got a hellaciously good deal on it. Didn't need the 1966 Ampeg B-15N but the guy only wanted $150 for it, for example. I'm even worse with guitars...I still play the same electric and acoustic guitars I bought in pawn shops 20 years ago. Effects I was the same way. I use a 4 year old Boss ME-33 and a Keeley modded Rat pedal for effects and will use them until they break. The only three instruments I ever jonesed over were my first Fender P, my first Jazz bass a year and a half ago, and the upright I got 6 months ago. Hardly qualifies as GAS, though. The upright comes close but I'm actually gigging with it so it's paying for itself. I have never bought a piece of equipment on impulse unless it was a once in a lifetime deal I could never find again and I had a real use for it. Every 3-4 years I get the itch to buy a new bass or guitar, but I truly feel that I have all the instruments I'll ever need now and I don't think I'll be getting that itch again. I don't lust after anything I see in music stores. I don't need 30 basses, nor do I want the hassle of keeping them up. Gear has always been a means to an end with me. I joke with friends who haven't bought guitars in a long time that they need to get a new one because theirs has run out of music, but now that I have a great Jazz, I'll never buy another one. What the hell is wrong with me?!? Why can't I have GAS?!? Why can't I go out and make meaningless purchases of gear just because I want it?!? It's not like I'm broke anymore. I can afford it. Maybe it's a response to the years of being broke that's made me unable to enjoy it. Maybe it's because I have a family and other responsibilities or whatever. But I really do want to have GAS. I just don't know how the hell to go about it. I don't know...how do you guys with the tons of instruments and a need to buy more deal with it? Especially guys with families. I know you're out there...the mortgage and the private school tuition is due but damned if Alembic didn't release an updated Series II with 3 new switches for only $14,000! Come on, let's hear your hideous GAS stories to make me feel good about not having it.