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  • I think my GAS has died :cry:

    Anyone else lost their GAS?

    I was just about to reply to the "what's your GAS list for 2013" thread, when I realised I actually don't have any GAS!

    I think there have been several reasons for this.

    Firstly I got a couple of non-guitar instruments in 2012: I bought a 4 string tenor Banjo and an Irish Bouzouki and I was given a Ukulele, and playing these as well as playing guitars has made the whole experience more about playing the instrument rather than just buying things.

    I'll be playing something interesting on the bouzouki and I'll then wonder if I can try the same technique or scales on the guitar.

    Secondly I'm extremely happy with my gear.

    My amps sound as nice as anything I've played, and I've really found my sound in them. I spent a fair bit of money restoring an old 1970's Orange over the past few years, and I've got it exactly how I want it and sounding great, and I've always loved the sound of my Laney Lionheart, I've not found anything that sounds quite like it and I've some nice NOS preamp tubes in it that sound killer and should provide great tone for years to come.

    My brother bought a new Marshall JVM410HJS, and while I enjoyed trying it out and found some great sounds in it that my amps couldn't do, I had no real desire to think about buying a new amp.

    I'm also really happy with my guitars. I've been fortunate to get some good deals on a couple of guitars, and I have found my "one guitar that I will keep forever" guitar, my '52 American Vintage Hot Rod Telecaster which just sounds and feels just right every time I play it. To be honest if it weren't for the resale being so poor on my American Standard tele, I'd sell it. It doesn't get a huge amount of play since I bought the vintage hot rod.

    I can't even think of any pedals I'd seriously consider getting. I've been lucky with getting some good deals on stuff, and also fortunate to have some good friends and family who have bought me nice stuff over the years, and to top it off I'm a bit of a tinkerer, so if a pedal is close but not quite, I might be able to tweak it a little to get it where I want it. I saw a decent price on a used POG 2 recently (one of the few pedals I still have slight GAS for), but my heart just wasn't in it.

    Lastly I guess my financial priorities have changed a bit. I'm saving for a deposit on a house, and the best mortgage deals need a 20% deposit over here, so my girlfriend and I are working on having
    Originally Posted by Uma Floresta

    strtdv has wisdom.

    Originally Posted by Tralfaz

    Oh crap. The key just cae loose off y laptop keyboard.mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmm Okay, it's fixed now.

    LANEY POSSE .................................................. ..... Good deals with: bennyg85, gambit, jo_to_2, Free the Guilty, woolyh

  • #2
    it's hibernating. don't worry, it'll be back.
    There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." - Isaac Asimov, Newsweek (21 January 1980)


    • #3
      No GAS = Happiness. Rejoice!
      No sig.


      • #4
        You've discovered the cure. Please share.


        • #5
          Now you can practice playing with all that time.
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          • #6
            Mojo sent.
            Originally Posted by csm

            The first, and most frequently violated rule of punk is: THERE ARE NO RULES.

            "You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." — David Gilmour

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            • #7
              I was without GAS for a while. Then I got to play a couple of carved top arch top jazz guitars. So now I have GAS again, but only for stuff there's no way I can afford in the forseeable future


              • #8
                Well, you have good gear and by the sounds of it, a life. No need to have what you don't need. I have all I need, but not much of a life (lol), so I intermittently buy gear to confirm I still exist.

                Good luck with the house!
                MIA Fender Strat / Gibson Les Paul Studio / Custom Telecaster / Washburn WI66 / Custom Stratocaster / Martin D15S / Guild D55 / Simon & Patrick Cedar / Martin HD16R LSH​


                • #9

                  Quote Originally Posted by Fusion1
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                  You've discovered the cure. Please share.

                  I didn't really set out to do it, it's just sort of ended up like that. I guess part of it is that I own some really great gear and if I were to be tempted to buy something it would have to be better than what I have and a good deal too, not an easy combination.

                  I'm too choosy really I guess. I play custom shop strats and while they're nice, what I have speaks to me or whatever. I don't just buy more guitars because they're nice guitars, they have to be just what I want.

                  The other issue is getting to be volume issues. My 2 amps are a 4xEL84 and a 2xEL34, and they're loud. I'm not sure yet I'm going to be able to afford a detached house near the city where I work, so it would be silly to get anything more than 5 watts unless I was definitely going to get a detached house..

                  The only thing that would tempt me is a nice acoustic guitar, probably around the
                  Originally Posted by Uma Floresta

                  strtdv has wisdom.

                  Originally Posted by Tralfaz

                  Oh crap. The key just cae loose off y laptop keyboard.mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmm Okay, it's fixed now.

                  LANEY POSSE .................................................. ..... Good deals with: bennyg85, gambit, jo_to_2, Free the Guilty, woolyh
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                  • #10
                    my list includes no gear:

                    -engagement ring

                    -new car

                    -remodel bathroom

                    -central ac


                    when i am here during work i get stupid gas for stuff i dont need, then i go home and play what i have and think about how stupid buying anything would be. i love my rig and all my guitars.
                    strat strat tele PRS agile gretsch martin

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                    • #11
                      If you have no GAS it simply means you are a zombie!

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                      The discussion about nitro (and many things on forums like these) is largely based on folklore, innuendo, and assumption that it "sounds better". Poppycock.


                      • #12
                        Seems like you are leading a full life. I feel that GAS is for people whose lives are boring. I notice that whenever things are happening in my life I never think about gear, and vice versa.


                        • #13
                          I was ok for a while- the only things I really want are very high end stuff I don't deserve yet.

                          And then I made the mistake of stopping into a music store over Thanksgiving, playing a couple of acoustics and have the salesman hand me a Martin GPCPA-4. I know it's the bottom of Martin's line and it doesn't seem to get a lot of love when I checked it out, but it just felt right- it's much more comfortable to play than most acoustics and the tone is rich and deep- the other acoustics I keep playing next to it sound thin. Just what I need- new year's GAS, and I already bought myself my birthday present. (4 channel micro helicopter- not quite in the Martin's price range)

                          Former gold medal winner, "Least Equipment on HCEG Forums"


                          • #14

                            Quote Originally Posted by Help!I'maRock!
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                            it's hibernating. don't worry, it'll be back.



                            • #15
                              While I can always cast a wandering eye at a different guitar, I'm kinda in the same place. I need to sell or trade off a few that I really dont need or play much.

                              This yr I'm focusing on getting my amp situation ironed out. I've been playing a little USA 20w Crate Vintage Club for 15 yrs, and I'm kinda tired off it. Got a little Mustang practice amp about a yr ago, but that hasnt cured my big amp gas. I have this old Bassman SF head that Im gonna get fixed up and get a one 15 cab for. Think maybe that just might satisfy my hunger for something bigger and vintage.