GAS, Something that is often joked about, but is it really a laughing matter?

dmac in SC

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Genuinely serious question to members of the forum... when is enough enough?

So i go through cycles when I decide which amps I have that are not keepers, and I pull them out of the studio to the 'for sale' room. To a lesser extent, the same goes for guitars and pedals.

i am just now recovering enough from cubital tunnel surgery that I can finally play again. During the down-time, I selected several gear items that I don't use enough to justify the money I have tied up in them... and then, like a hundred times or more before, I plug them up and realize that there is no way I can get rid of them.

One in particular is my '65 Bandmaster head, which I scored for around $600, but never felt the love other folks claim to have for them. After playing it for a couple of days now, there is no way that thing is going anywhere in my lifetime. The same goes for my old-ass Hotrod Deluxe, a beater LP Studio I've had for 30 years, a G&L ASAT Deluxe, and a half a dozen or so pedals . Instead, I'm drooling over VOX amps.

Does anybody else here have the same issues, or am I just a sick pup?:cheers2:

Once again, this is serious question.
 

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I used to be one of the "collector" types who never wanted to let go of any equipment.
but about 10 years ago when my buddy/brother died I was swamped with all of this massive collection too.
As per his wishes, I gave away a ton of guitars and gear to musician friends.
But I also sold some to pay his debts etc.

It made me reconsider my own heap and since then I have sold, traded and even...given away (shock horror) some items.
I still have way more than I need but there are some things I just can't be parted from.
But at least I feel I am trying to exercise a bit of self-control.
 

Bigfoot410

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I haven't turned on any of my amps in over 3 months. Been just noodling around on my acoustic. I still search for amp and electric guitar deals almost every day online and drool over video demos I watch.

I don't need anything, but nothing can stop the search and dreaming. :)
 

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It's fairly harmless hopefully for all but the most extreme. You dont hear too many people saying I threw away my life, my career, my marriage, everyone I loved ... all to chase tone. you hear people say that about other things though.
 

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I have 9 guitars, 5 amps.
I don`t NEED 9 guitars or 5 amps.
One guitar is currently for sale.
An amp or 2 may go up for sale tomorrow. maybe another guitar or 2.
Maybe some pickups.
I may change my mind in the morning and keep it all, or sell it all(almost).

I gave up emotional ties to any guitar/amp long ago.
 

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I have all my children nearby I don’t sell anything I use all of them onstage
 

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I have everything I need but not everything I want, it’s terrible to be honest,I’m look for and at guitars all damn night.

Hell, I’m looking at electronic drums now and I don’t even play drums
 

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I'm trying to get it down to a small A team. I find myself at that stage where when I'm looking at something I consider how pizzed she'll be after I die and she goes through my room. I don't want her to be too mad at me the next time I see her.

Still, even over invested, this is one of the cheapest hobbies out there and one that actually leaves you with saleable assets. I look at accumulated boat/fishing stuff in my garage that might bring 10 cents on the dollar in a garage sale. You burn through ammo, tackle, gas or whatever in your hobby, that money is gone.
 

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all you really need is a couple.


hundred.
 

dmac in SC

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Still, even over invested, this is one of the cheapest hobbies out there and one that actually leaves you with saleable assets.
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I will definitely concede this point..Fishing, hunting and golf are way more expensive and leave fewer redeemable assets in the long run :confused: But being a person with an addictive personality, I am more worried about scoring the blue LP Studio somebody posted here yesterday than I am replacing the 20 year old deck on the back of my house.

Life is good, Maybe?
 

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Still, even over invested, this is one of the cheapest hobbies out there and one that actually leaves you with saleable assets.
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I will definitely concede this point..Fishing, hunting and golf are way more expensive and leave fewer redeemable assets in the long run :confused: But being a person with an addictive personality, I am more worried about scoring the blue LP Studio somebody posted here yesterday than I am replacing the 20 year old deck on the back of my house.

Life is good, Maybe?
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Priced building materials lately? You could damn near build a deck out of guitars for what lumber is fetching these days.
 

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Still, even over invested, this is one of the cheapest hobbies out there and one that actually leaves you with saleable assets.
I will definitely concede this point..Fishing, hunting and golf are way more expensive and leave fewer redeemable assets in the long run :confused: But being a person with an addictive personality, I am more worried about scoring the blue LP Studio somebody posted here yesterday than I am replacing the 20 year old deck on the back of my house.

Life is good, Maybe?
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Priced building materials lately? You could damn near build a deck out of guitars for what lumber is fetching these days.
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Yep, my roof repair was made considerably more expensive due to the prices right now of the rotten wood that had to go.
 

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Guilt over possessions? No, If I want a guitar=amp+pedal I buy it cash-no worries- no debt, just inspiration-I have 15 guitars+9 amps+48 pedals-no kids to leave them to or to make me sell them for their rehab. Just me and an army of guitar stuff. I die a happy man. I'm buying this soon.Why? Because I need more FUZZ I could have braindead soon-live for the moment.

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