I think I need to go to rehab.

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by gofmusic, May 14, 2020.

  1. gofmusic

    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    I bought an Epiphone Casino last friday. Today I sat at my computer and saw the Squier VM Jazzmaster I had been looking at for some months now is 30% off. I got the money, but somehow I feel I have too much already.

    Love this YouTube channel, and this video hit a nerve today. You are welcome to share your thoughts and vision about having more guitars that we can actually play.

     
  2. Hanson

    Hanson Strat-Talker

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    It’s a disease which I fight every day of my life.
     
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    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

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    Guitars are easier to store than cars, motorcycles and tools. If I had a bigger garage, there's no telling how much stuff I would have.
     
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    3bolt79 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yes GAS is a illness, like alcoholism, and my wife is my co-dependent . She even buys me a new guitar once in awhile. But there is only about 3 or 4 guitars that I would seriously consider buying, as I’ve pretty much got what I want now. I will probably have all of them by next year. I’ve bought at least one a month for the last 19 months, and that is just for myself. I’ve also bought other people guitars as well during that time. I get the urge for my fix about once every 30 days. I liken it to going out and getting **** faced at the bar once a month, but there are no ill effects. No hangover.
     
  5. gofmusic

    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    Nice take on it, lol, take a look at the bright side... they say.

    I still want a jazzmaster ugh!
     
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    tanta07 Strat-Talker

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    You're not alone. It's a good thing I dont have Joe Bonamassa's wallet, because my collection would probably look like his (only more Strats).

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    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    You are not alon. #respect LOL
    Thats gross. And thats a fraction of what he owns... LOL
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Maths tells me that my average of one new guitar every twelve years has become one every eight, over the last 18 months...

    Won't somebody think of all the wasted folding beer vouchers?
     
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    It's clear to me than when I'm not being actively creative is when the GAS (and record shopping, and book shopping etc) kicks in. So now, instead of shopping, I pick up one of my guitars (I have 10 electrics and one old acoustic, with only a little overlap - - three strats - - that have quite different tonalities and functions.)

    That said, for the first thirty years of my guitar playing life I was happy playing just my Tele (with a Duo-Sonic II as backup for broken strings onstage).

    The trick is when I feel the GAS emerging, I just pick up a guitar I already have, and play. I've stopped obsessively checking the for-sale listings or dropping by the local shops just to see what's new on the used rack.
     
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    Baelzebub Senior Stratmaster

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    My better half is sitting on the other side of the room just nodding and smiling as that video plays... But I like coming here because I don't have GAS nearly as bad as a lot of "sufferers" here. Maybe because I refuse to allow myself more than 1 of any particular style....the one exception being LP's and only because one is an ES style....
     
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  11. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Strat-Talker

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    Guitars are like friends.
    You could be very happy with 1 or 2 good ones, but it's also nice to have a bunch...ones with different strengths that you do different things with or just hang out with at different times.
    Nobody ever says, Why do you have so many friends? You can't hang out with all of them at once.
    AND...you can play as many guitars as you want.
    I take 3 guitars to a gig...one is a spare, or if I just feel like switching and another is set up for slide.
    I have over 20 guitars and ANY ONE OF THEM could be my #1 (except the 2 I use for slide), and whenever I play any of them, I think...Yeah...if this were my only guitar, I'd be fine.
     
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    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    I tend to get annoyed when I find there’s a guitar sitting there that doesn’t get played or that I’m not completely happy with. I sell it and move on. Rinse, repeat.
     
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    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    If the bills are paid and you have space and it brings you joy and it doesn't cause strife with the family--then buying new guitars is a good thing. It's only a disease if it causes did-ease; makes you unhappy somehow.

    I have a lot of guitars, but I don't have more than I can play. I do have a few that don't get played often--but those have sentimental attachments. I would keep the guitars I inherited even if they were just wall decorations. In fact, my stepdad's drednaught is pretty much just a decoration at this point, and it's the only steel-string acoustic I own. So I'm shopping for another. Expect an NGD post some time soon.

    And I still have room in my collection for a solid-body with p90s, and a jazz box.
     
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    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Sometimes you just need to lay down to 5he feeling goes away. Like a headache.
     
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    [QUOTE=" I liken it to going out and getting **** faced at the bar once a month, but there are no ill effects. No hangover.[/QUOTE]

    lol...getting faced is considerably cheaper.....
     
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    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yes , its true. I have more guitars than I can play at one time. But, I'm slowing down. Just one, or two, or three more. I think.
     
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    lol...getting faced is considerably cheaper.....[/QUOTE]
    As long as you get a ride home
     
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    I've a minor league version of this problem(?)
    I enjoy picking them up...
    In some ways, I'm still looking for that magic one...
    Kinda the Hans Brinker syndrome....
    It ain't there...
    But I'm not dead either...
    I have a green Strat with maple board
    Which
    I've been trying to like for 18 years...
    If I shed(sell) it...
    Emotionaly....
    I've given up...

    Back to the subject....
    At least once a week someone posts a guitar...
    So luscious...
    And
    From the backroom of my psyche...
    Comes that haunting siren song...
    "Here I am big boy, you and me"

    I'm stuck on step one of the gasaholic 12 step program...
     
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    Retirement slowed me down. That, and I am living with less space now. I was living in a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom, laundry room, study, dining room, living room. 2 car garage, and huge basement area that became the music room. Not only did I play guitar (nearly 20 of them at one time), but I also had 9 amps, 3 drum kits, a keyboard, and a full PA system. I was a pastor living in a church provided home, and I got a praise band going at the church. My house was the practice space.

    Now I live with my daughter and son-in law, so that I can help out with taking care of my grandchildren (12 & 8), while their mom and dad both work full-time. Needless to say, I have a lot less space. I gave a Jazz drum kit to the drummer of the praise band, a bass amp to the bass player, most of the PA equipment to the church, a couple of guitars that to a pastor friend I played with, and sold off some snares and amps.

    I feel a lot better about the amount of gear that I have now, but I know that at some point I will downsize even more. Living on retirement income now has definitely slowed my GAS . . . not that I don't still look, but I give each "look" a lot more thought than I might have in the past. I really want an Eric Clapton Artist Series Strat, but my current plan is more modest. I'm going to take my Strat with the Lace Sensor Gold pickups and put a Classic Player 50's neck on it, so I have the Soft V neck, then get the TBX control and mid-boost circuit to finish the transformation. One less guitar, and still have one that is Claptonesque.
     
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    Kieth Williams is probably my favorite youtuber.

    Yet, I still own 9 guitars, 2 basses, 2 mandolins, and a banjo. Lol