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Harker1440
10-14-2012, 09:49 PM
Why can't I just be happy
With the guitars I already own? Hi my name is Craig and I'm a G.A.S addict.
It's a brutal cycle that I keep repeating I buy a guitar and I think I'm happy with it then one day I see another guitar I have to buy and I sell the guitar I was perfectly happy to get the new must have. Case in point last spring I bought a TGS tribute cu24 I was perfectly happy with it for over a year then I see a MEFade and I sell it to get the fade which I own for maybe 4 and half months ( it's great I had it tricked out and it played like a dream) but then I see the WL dgt which I had to have and that guitar lasts 3 weeks before I sell it to get an 85 throwback which in under a week I am already thinking of moving to get another guitar. It's a disease. I guess if I had FU money this wouldn't be a problem but I don't so it creates chaos in my life. Anybody else have a problem like this? If so how do you deal with it?

AP515
10-14-2012, 10:06 PM
We all have GAS. Once you are infected, you have it for life. The trick is to manage it. If you can find a balance between wanting the next one and appreciating the great one you already have you will be in a position to manage it. I started out learning to play on the usual pieces of crap that most do. Then I finally got my first real guitar, a CU24AP. I still have it. I have picked up others over the years as good deals pop up, but I won't sell something I like to get something else I might like. As I have gotten more great guitars, my GAS has gone down.

aristotle
10-14-2012, 10:52 PM
Everyone has a different set of circumstances and motivations. For me, it's as easy as deciding up front that I'm not going to get rid of any guitars. Ever. If I'm going to buy it, I'm going to keep it (except of course in the case of some sort of personal emergency...) That way, you don't buy it if you don't have the dough for it, and it makes you think about whether you really want it. May not work for others. What do I know? For some though, it might help self-limit.....

LSchefman
10-15-2012, 12:02 AM
Why can't I just be happy
With the guitars I already own?

Because you're looking for thrills and excitement, not guitars. Guitars are just a means to that hit of excitement. When the hit wears off, you need another one. And the worry you have about repeating the same mistakes over again make that thrill even more difficult to resist, because it increases your need to feel better, so your mind tells you, "bring me more excitement."

You know that you need to say no to yourself. And in your best moments, you try to do that. But then in a moment of weakness, you rationalize somehow.

It's trite to say that happiness comes from within, and not from this kind of temporary thrill. But it's also true,

There are people we know who flip dizzying amounts of guitars and who knows if they can sustain their losses? But at least you have an inkling that it doesn't make any rational sense.

sergiodeblanc
10-15-2012, 01:07 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnH--RjdmTc

Serious Poo
10-15-2012, 01:32 AM
I think some people don't enjoy what they've got because they haven't clearly defined what they want in the first place. IMHO, of course.

Twinfan
10-15-2012, 02:11 AM
I think some people don't enjoy what they've got because they haven't clearly defined what they want in the first place. IMHO, of course.

This rings true for me. I was a SERIOUS flilpper/trader until I discovered the PRS McCarty based models which slowed me down. Then the 408 Signatures came out and that was it - they're the guitars I've been looking for all these years. I've now picked up a few versions, with the ultimate incarnation on the way, and I'm looking forward to being done with wasting money on contstant trading. Just the odd one here and there will do nicely.

Sometimes you just have to go through the journey to get to the destination...

Fox77
10-15-2012, 03:13 AM
In order to manage your GAS and/or your herd, you could consider dividing the guitars up in must-haves and nice-to-haves. Then consider which of the nice-to-haves are basically just duplicates of one of your must-haves and trim the herd accordingly.

Another way to approach this is to focus on the sounds you want to be able to (re)create and focus on what you need to have to get you there. If you're looking to create your own sound, any one guitar could do because it's about you and what you do with it.

Oh and what Serius Poo, Les and Twinfan said +1

iahawk36
10-15-2012, 08:34 AM
Craig - it's the thrill of the hunt man! Once you get what you want, you lose the high of the hunt. I did a lot of soul searching this last year, and finally came to that realization that it was the thrill of the hunt more than the instrument itself. That led to me culling the herd, selling of instruments that I didn't play and weren't "first reach" instruments. Now the guitars I have I REALLY enjoy, and get played regularly.

Like you said, if money was no object...sure, I'd be hunting all the time, "just because", but in the end, I am much happier now.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
10-15-2012, 09:44 AM
I can't put my finger on it either, Craig. I've tried.

I used to flip guitars a lot. Then I ran across a few that I couldn't part with - or would sell and then regret because they were great players. After that, they started stacking up pretty fast because I'd keep buying but stopped selling.

The only guitars I've sold lately have been to fund guitars I "want" more. Every one of them I put in a box and ship off is coated in regret. I have grown quite attached to my guitars.

martysnarf
10-15-2012, 09:53 AM
Yeah, but.... there's GAS, and then there's Craig. They are completely different animals LOL!!

docbennett
10-15-2012, 10:04 AM
The only responses to the OP were even remotely accurate were Les's and Serious Poos' above. Both were succinct and right on target.

Craig...it's simple...you are trying to find a rational thought process to rationalize and justify an irrational set of behaviors.

Good luck...it ain't gonna happen.

First thing, as Les said, is to realize that you have an emotional need that transcends any reality or any realistic "needs".

Once you accept and understand that you are behaving with pure emotion (and trying to use "logic and common sense" to justify same) you are on the road towards acceptance. This is where the "serenity prayer" comes in handy. You need to gain serenity from what you have....understand that what you are doing makes no "logical sense"...and ultimately achieve "the wisdom to know the difference" between your emotional needs and your realistic ones.

Good luck Craig if you are trying to use logic and common sense to justify your behavior...this will just add to your anxiety and confusion. It's all emotional gut-twisting stuff until you come to terms with your self-described and self-admitted obsession.

Then you have a choice...you can either choose to continue your emotional quest....or tone it down as you recognize the chaos and turmoil it appears to result in. After all...this is supposed to be FUN...not a stomach turning anxiety laden exercise in seeking 'the holy grail" (which is currently holed up in a French Castle with a bunch of guys with "outrageous accents").

Just my opinion.

Fox77
10-15-2012, 10:16 AM
... 'the holy grail" (which is currently holed up in a French Castle with a bunch of guys with "outrageous accents").

http://spectrumculture.com/files/import/3204-holygrail1.jpg



:D

iahawk36
10-15-2012, 10:17 AM
The only responses to the OP were even remotely accurate were Les's and Serious Poos' above. Both were succinct and right on target.

Craig...it's simple...you are trying to find a rational thought process to rationalize and justify an irrational set of behaviors.

Good luck...it ain't gonna happen.

First thing, as Les said, is to realize that you have an emotional need that transcends any reality or any realistic "needs".

Once you accept and understand that you are behaving with pure emotion (and trying to use "logic and common sense" to justify same) you are on the road towards acceptance. This is where the "serenity prayer" comes in handy. You need to gain serenity from what you have....understand that what you are doing makes no "logical sense"...and ultimately achieve "the wisdom to know the difference" between your emotional needs and your realistic ones.

Good luck Craig if you are trying to use logic and common sense to justify your behavior...this will just add to your anxiety and confusion. It's all emotional gut-twisting stuff until you come to terms with your self-described and self-admitted obsession.

Then you have a choice...you can either choose to continue your emotional quest....or tone it down as you recognize the chaos and turmoil it appears to result in. After all...this is supposed to be FUN...not a stomach turning anxiety laden exercise in seeking 'the holy grail" (which is currently holed up in a French Castle with a bunch of guys with "outrageous accents").

Just my opinion.

Well thanks for taking the time to tell the rest of us were wrong, doc....sheesh....

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
10-15-2012, 10:18 AM
The only responses to the OP were even remotely accurate were Les's and Serious Poos' above.

Does this mean that your post isn't even remotely accurate?

Albrecht Smuten
10-15-2012, 10:22 AM
Hi, Craig... I wouldn't worry about it as long as you can always (honestly) say that your current guitar is better than the previous one. Then it would be the search for perfection and has to end at some point.

I'm having a similar problem - I'm always like "Will this effect pedal make my sound more brutal? Would a bigger amp do the trick? Oh, the 7-string will solve all my problems..." and when I'm almost crazy that I'm too broke to buy ALL those things, I tell myself: "Learn to f***ing play. That will do the trick."

docbennett
10-15-2012, 10:26 AM
Well thanks for taking the time to tell the rest of us were wrong, doc....sheesh....

Hey...anytime bro! It's what I do! :laugh:

docbennett
10-15-2012, 10:27 AM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;25995']Does this mean that your post isn't even remotely accurate?

Guess so. If everything I say is inaccurate, and I am now saying that I am being inaccurrate by saying that, what does that result in???? :confused::confused:

I guess it would have been less inelegant to just have agreed with those two posts instead of unintentionally undermining everyone else's.

'scuse me whilst I remove the boot from the lining of my mouth. :bawling:

crgtr
10-15-2012, 11:02 AM
G.A.S. is a terrible disease. I do agree w/ Andy, it's the thrill of the hunt!

Mike Duncan
10-15-2012, 11:31 AM
"The Red Violin" and the PRS book helped me - I'm NOT joking. I was, and still sorta am - but to a massively lesser extend, a flipper. When I found my Goldtop I was determined to make that my number one. I'd wanted a gold Les Paul and PRS for years - it was the perfect combo. After getting the PRS book in 2001, I went through everything and every model. David's Goldtop in that book showed me a well loved and played main guitar. The Red Violin showed me the historical significance to owning "an" instrument and making it have a story!

I hope I'm making sense while typing on my phone and watching Nick Jr with my six year old.

Mike Duncan
10-15-2012, 11:32 AM
The hunt was my drug...knowing that it wasn't going to satisfy is how I've quasi cured it.

slev
10-15-2012, 11:48 AM
It's partly PRSh's fault. If he didn't keep making so damn many awesome instruments it would easier for a lot of us to control it a bit more. I also agree with Mike's last post and his comments on the hunt.

CE-man
10-15-2012, 11:51 AM
I think some people are simply in love more with the thought of owning a particular piece of gear than the gear itself.

swede71
10-15-2012, 01:51 PM
Being a blue collar and the prices on PRS guitars in sweden def helps GAS :).I want a 408 and DGT.

MichaelSaulnier
10-15-2012, 04:57 PM
Aaack.

My first PRS was a '96 black standard 24. Nice guitar, but I was a strat kinda guy and it didn't get as much love as it could have. I never completely bonded with the rotator switch, winged locking tuners, and pups in that guitar.

Eventually, off it went... hopefully to someone who played the heck out of it.

Then a used '95 McCarty. That was a wonderful guitar. It was beautiful, had a great feeling neck, and sounded smooth and warm clean or overdriven. Eventually that one made its way into someone else's hands... but I still kinda miss it.

Then I saw a used 2008 SC245 Goldtop. It became my #1 for quite a while... played it on lots of gigs and rehearsals. It sounded and played great, but I missed having a trem, and that model didn't have any split capability. I just parted with it last week. Almost didn't let the guy walk out the door with it. Made him PROMISE that if he ever wanted to sell it, he would call me first.

BUT... the reason I felt I could sell the Goldtop, was that I had just acquired two DGT's, a "regular" in antique white... absolutely an amazing guitar... and a "standard" in vintage cherry... also a beautiful and great playing guitar. I found myself playing the DGT's so much, that the SC245 just wasn't getting much playing time... and I didn't see that changing anytime soon.

Now, with the release of the 408... GAS is creeping up on me again.

I know I don't "need" it.

But I want it.

Then I saw this the other day at wildwest guitar's website:

http://wildwestguitars.com/images/product-images/1348765437Front.jpg

Wow. A SAS in Gold Foil.

Does THAT look cool.

I bet it's got some very interesting tones!

It's kinda crazy really... that there are so many cool guitars to chase after.

Well, Christmas is just around the corner. What should I get myself?

:D

M

prsguitarman101
10-15-2012, 06:58 PM
Since I got my CE-24 I really have not gassed for anything. I am not one of those who have to be constantly moving my instruments. I am thankful for what I have.
:p22:

Rango
10-15-2012, 08:51 PM
Boy I though I had this BAD but then I read the symptoms I guess I don't! :flute:
Buy guitar one after another - yup :top:
Selling guitars? You can DO THAT! ? I hope my wife doesn't find out! :biggrin:
OMG it's MUTATING! :eek:

Seriously - I enjoy the hunt... I'm an Adrealline Junky - I know it. I"m okay with it, I own it.... :top:
I gave up SKYDIVING at my wife's request after our Daughter was born....
Quit racing Motocross because I needed to be able to go to work...
Started playing OUT in my 40's for the rush...

GAS has slowed down since since I bough my first PRS. I'm I done? Unlikely....
But now I'm looking at guitars for what tones they might provide as opposed to what famous guy plays one...

I'm good with that and there's peace in the valley. ;)

EDIT: I am pretty interested in seeing what "ALL THE FUSS" is about with the DGT model.... :D

watelessness
10-17-2012, 10:24 PM
Craig, G.A.S. is a disease, and like diabetes, you cannot cure it; you can only hope to manage it. If your quest is negatively impacting your family's well-being, then your condition has worsened to Gear Acquisition Disorder and you should seek immediate treatment, starting with a cranial-rectal inversion. But if you only have G.A.S, high five, brother! My name is Dave and I only own 13 PRS....oh, and 3 amps...and my next will be an acoustic...and I have a problem...but it's manageable, I swear...

11top
10-18-2012, 06:32 AM
My name is Steve, and I am a guitaraholic.

markie
10-18-2012, 06:48 PM
My name is Steve, and I am a guitaraholic.



Yessir.................... I believe you are!

captdg
10-18-2012, 10:07 PM
Its not the guitar your playin..Its the guitar thats playin you. I used to be this way about golf clubs and girlfriends. Then I bought my first PRS. I can die with no regrets, now.

captdg
10-18-2012, 10:08 PM
Hi, Steve

James_E
10-31-2012, 10:01 AM
I'm just as bad. I've owned and flipped a bunch of stuff due to the exact same reasons as the OP. Some of it I bought new and sold used... ouch! I make a good living and have a supportive wife, but I've definitely lost money over the years. Now.. I really try hard to ONLY buy used and at good prices where I won't lose much if I flip things, and I'm finally coming to terms with keeping the same stuff for a while.

I find the best cure when I feel the GAS urge building, is to go and play what I own. Then I realize I have a lot of work to do on my playing and my current gear is more than enough.. and things subside.. for a while...

I'm definitely getting better, but I haven't solved the problem yet.

John Beef
11-01-2012, 12:52 PM
I have two guitars that I have already decided will be staying with me, but one of those sees very little play time. They're both fantastic guitars that have a big history with me and are worth big money to me in sentimental value, far more than their market value would be. A rational, GAS-free John Beef would be completely sustained with those two. There are also a few others I wish I'd held on to.

I know that I'm pretty much bored and a little bit miserable all the time. I know this about myself. Guitars bring me joy. The hunt for the next guitar keeps my mind occupied and gives me something to look forward to every day, when otherwise it would just be another boring day filled with completing task after task and waiting for the clock to tell me it's time to go to bed.

sergiodeblanc
11-01-2012, 12:56 PM
Since I got my CE-24 I really have not gassed for anything. I am not one of those who have to be constantly moving my instruments. I am thankful for what I have.
:p22:

little known fact: the CE in CE24 stands for "Cures Everything".

John Beef
11-01-2012, 01:02 PM
little known fact: the CE in CE24 stands for "Cures Everything".
Hmmmmmmm.... maybe THAT's what I need next :evil: