G.A.S. Group (members welcome)

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  1. tvvoodoo

    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    I'm calling it Gassers Anonymous Support.

    My name is tvvoodoo, or Brad, and I am a gasoholic.

    Basement warrior, I play about six -eight hours a week. I have thirteen guitars. Acquired maybe nine of them in the last three years. One is on the way. I have two MultiFX units, and three amplifiers. I have played for nearly thirty years. If the theory is true, I would be a classic type-A personality. I also get blinders on, and often need to remind myself to take a step back from things before I get obsessed.

    I particularly enjoy refinishing, and magically turning a dog into a decent player. Buying inexpensive guitars and modding them satisfies my GAS at smaller dollars, but what I have seem to have ended up with is a whole bunch of inexpensive guitars that have little real world value, but a ton of sentimental value to me. And, most of us can only play one at a time, for crying out loud.

    My wife and children have noticed, and alluded to my possible disorder.
    I have re-organized a part of my home to house and display my guitars. I sometimes find myself spreading a couple out to different rooms. Recently, I think partially to quell my gas, I made a purchase of a guitar as a gift to my father. They are all so beautiful, in their own way. I shop them all the time.

    I do not play professionally. Never have, never will. I have caught myself trying to hide guitar purchases, like I imagine an alcoholic or drug addict would do with their main vice. I have a fairly simple DAW, which I rarely use to record. I can't seem to find the time or initiative to immerse myself into songwriting like I did when I was in my twenties and thirties. In those days I would often fantasize about the kind of recording power I now possess. I have seriously bought into the fact I need several guitars for several different tones, for all those recordings I never make. What a frickin' joke.

    So far, financially I have never gone in debt to purchase a guitar. But, I worry that my taste for guitars may, over time, become more and more expensive.

    Not asking for your help, yet! But, if you have a story, or anything related you wish to get off your chest, welcome. Brutal Honesty with yourself, and fellow members on this thread are the only necessary requirements to join.

    Please tell me I'm not crazy, or alone. First twelve to sign up may display "founding member of G.A.S. " in their sig if they wish, or have room. It would be cool if you could include the link to this thread :thumbup:
     
  2. LargeIcedCoffee

    LargeIcedCoffee Well-Known Member

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    My name is adam, and I have gas.

    I have around $6000 dollars worth of gear including 3 amplifiers, a $1500 pedalboard, have had around 15 guitars in my life, currently having 8 and a semi custom being made. Most of guitars have work done on them by me, and various upgraded parts I am also addicted to.

    Being 18, I barely have room to breathe in my room with the amount of gear. I've spent the last couple months paying off my parents for my TIM overdrive and semi-custom. I only have to buy gas and then the rest can fund my GAS.

    I am still lusting after an AL-3X00, and my classic vibe haunts my dreams.
     
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  3. tvvoodoo

    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Welcome Adam. It took me three decades to get where I am. You are starting considerably younger, sounds possibly more serious. As they say, admitting it, is half the battle :thumbup:
     
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    My name is Paul, and I am a Gasoholic.

    I began playing guitar about 3-4 months ago, and I cannot stop looking up guitars. The list on my sig is an extremely shortened version of my GAS. If I were to fully post everything in my sig, my sig would be about 5-6 lines long.

    I happen to be cheap and always look for ways to cut costs. I got my 2000 for 150 on craigslist and my Samick Acoustic for 20 dollars. All in all, I have spent about 250 dollars, so far, on guitars and accessories, and plan on having many more guitars as I go to college.

    The biggest gas I have right now is... in my stomach... but aside from that, I have a huge strat GAS. The candidate to satisfy my GAS is a Peavey Predator. After a strat would come; AL 2000/3000 Goldtop, 3000 White AL w/ GHW, Epi SG w/full pick guard, Douglas Gravity, Agile AS white w/ GHW, and the list goes on and on.

    I hope I can find a cure so that I can stop this madness.

    The only thing preventing me from going on a shopping rampage is my financial position.
     
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    LargeIcedCoffee Well-Known Member

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    The other half is giving in! :wiggle:
    I'm an enabler.
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    Overt1 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    My name is overt1, and I have gas.

    *fart*

    I've only found a cure for my amp gas, and it was an Axe FX. I'm actually completely satisfied with it, but of course, I wouldn't mind the Ultra or even the 2. I don't think that's really gas though.

    For guitars, I'm gassing for an ERG, something with a floyd, something with a telecaster shape, a PRS CE, and an RG550.

    But my major gas is kit building. It's the only thing I think about when I go for my 16 mile runs. Today, I was dreaming about building a telecaster with stainless steel frets, alder body painted in arctic white, sustainiac, ebony or flamed maple fretboard with no inlays, some dimarzio bridge pickup, hipshot fixed bridge, black hardware, and something. It was very gastastic.
     
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    rrobbone Well-Known Member

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    Alright, I'll play.

    I love cheap, throwaway guitars. They are always so much more interesting to me than the really nice, expensive ones. Don't get me wrong, I'd love and protect a shiny new $1500+ guitar as much as any one of you. But isn't that sorta like finally getting rich and dropping the $350K on that gorgeous Ferrari 458 Italia? Sure, it's a lovely vehicle with many perks, but where can you go to actually really push it to it's limits? You'll mostly be confined to the same rules of the road as anyone else, never to truly unleash those Italian horses in all their fury - so why not spend the same money on a herd of Mustangs - one (or three) in every color and personally modified? With change left over for fuel...

    Like brother Voodoo, my favorite thing to do to a guitar is change it to suit my auditory and asthetic designs. Even though playing guitars is one of my most beloved activities, I actually have more fun desiging and creating my own customs than I do playing the damn things.

    Weird, huh?

    Brace yourself, it gets worse:

    I actually only ever really need one guitar, and I know it.

    Just one.

    It's blasphemy, I know - and I expect to have my forum membership card revoked immediately. The style of music I like to produce is entirely electronic, save for a guitar and my voice. Everything else is completely digital. Due to the guitar's setup, my multi pedal (which I've learned well), and my surprising (to me, at least) ability to cut, manipulate, and change audio tracks to my any whim - I can reproduce about any sound I have in my head. From that one guitar.

    Seriously, I won't need another guitar until I happen to break 'em all. (And I'm working on that.)

    So, why is it that I want every guitar I see? I'm watching a Rush concert on TV as I type this, and I hopelessly lust after every damn guitar Alex brings to the stage. So far, he's played a wine red LP with a floyd and a sunburst LP. I don't even like how LP's feel. I much prefer a Fender scale length, to the point that a Gibby is nigh unplayable for me.

    Still, I want 'em. I want those different colored Ferraris, both items totally useless to me.

    OH GAWD, now he has a butterscotch Tele, OOOH!

    This can only be explained by the affliction known to us as Gear Aquisition Syndrome.

    My only saving grace for now is that due to my "divorce," I have no discretionary income to blow on pretty chunks of wood. Blessing in disguise?

    You tell me.

    EDIT: Now he's playing an iced tea LP with a floyd. Someone help me...
     
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  8. tvvoodoo

    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Welcome Rob, overt1 and Paul. And thanks for the photos Adam. ALL GASSY PHOTOS WELCOME. That green strat is really frickin' cool.

    And Rob, you SO speak the truth brother.

    I should note the goal of G.A.S. is not really to cure it, more to understand it, maybe quell it a bit. If anyone feels it's getting out-of-control, maybe they will find some sage-like wisdom based on experiences detailed in this thread. Thank you guys, misery loves company!
     
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    LargeIcedCoffee Well-Known Member

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    Most of the reason I ordered a semi-custom is so I can GAS for a few months without buying several things- just two payments on one gas purchase. Should look something like this.

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    Frankenfretter Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I think I'm just going to stand over here by the coffee and cookies for now.

    I don't have a problem. I can quite any time I want. No, really.
     
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    LargeIcedCoffee Well-Known Member

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    THERE'S COFFEE?!
     
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  12. Parkyy16

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    come over to the G.A.S. Group.

    We have cookies.

    And Coffee too.:grin:
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Inside that counter with the snacks, is a huge cupboard with all kinds of premium liquor and a fridge full of cold brewskis of all kinds. Help yourself, I'm having Whisky and water. Welcome.
     
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    Frankenfretter Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Well, why didn't you say so? You can kiss that Kentucky bourbon goodbye, my friend. In return, I shall share my cigars. ;)
     
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    My name is Tim, and I too am a GASaholic. I was sober for 48 years, then I got divorced, became a half-time (sometimes full) single father. I picked up and bought my first guitar about 7 months ago. I currently have 6, but 2 others have spent time with me. I haven't spent much on any one guitar, including any mods, but they keep adding up. I am trying very hard to keep the number at six. With your help, perhaps I can.
     
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    For myself,

    I freely admit that I am and have always been an addict of music and I have finally come to terms with and understand that there is no cure and it is terminal. My wife understands so there is no conflict.

    My addition started over 50 years ago and I was a younster. I would find myself wandering the streets downtown looking in the music stores windows at all of the pretty girls on display. One would have the Gibsons, another would have the Fenders and others would have the Mosrite's and various others and Sears was a good place to see the Silvertone's. I'm embarrassed to say that I even used S&H Green Stamps to get a little acoustic. As my addition grew I joined up with 4 other addicts and started a high school band, later moving up to playing in bars and being around all of those seedy people. At the peak of my musical career (1970-71) my band was backing up once top name groups like Mitch Rider and the Detroit Wheels (well to be honest the only recording band we backed up) that was doing small gigs around the country.



    From there it was all down hill. Playing music for a living was only feeding my addition and keeping me broke of money so I decided I needed to break the cycle, cut my hair and got a job. That was fine for a while but I still knew I had a problem but I didn't want to face it. I knew that I couldn't continue this way, always wanting every curvy girl I saw, big one small ones, it didn't matter. With the invention of the INTERNET (damn you Al Gore) my addiction has grown to a point where I thought I needed professional help. The guitar forums and pictures on the net, people freely sharing guitar porn, it almost has become more than I can handle.

    But now I have found peace, forgiven myself and came to grips with my disorder. Just knowing and excepting that I am powerless over it has given me such relief and I no longer feel guilty. Each one of my guitar has two stickers on their backs, one with the date of the last string change and the other is the quick sale price upon my demise.
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    ^ wow that sticker thing is planning ahead, morbid, but smart.

    You have lived the "dream" of the road musician, many of us never got to. The way I understand it, it can more often be a nightmare, up to a particular level few get to reach. Dennis, I admire your collection and great taste in guitars, but you have too many. Sending that gibson to me would be very therapeutic.
     
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    Hello, my name is Haze and I have GAS.
    In my case the GAS sat dormant for much of my life. I owned only 2 guitars for many years. 1 electric and 1 acoustic. I now own 10 guitars, several amps, and a truck load of accessories including 3 tuners and seven or eight straps... I play sitting down these days, and use the tuner thats built into my amp.

    I dont find this easy to admit, but my latest afflictions are an Agile GT 3100 with P90's, and maybe a 50's CV Strat... (yes, I already have a Strat) and at least one pointy guitar with a FR. Everybody should have at least pointy one right?
    ...oh and a better acoustic.

    My GAS has taken many forms too.
    Ive found that I actually get SYMPATHY GAS for others like myself who may want a certain honey blonde Tele, but cannot get one for the moment.. Well, I learn of their GAS and then I actually GAS for the honey blonde Tele too!

    ...and Happy GAS.. I got GAS when I read voodoos post about his beautiful incoming white 3200. I gazed at that guitar for 10 minutes on Rondo.. appreciating every detail. The smooth heel, the awesome color, the ebony board, the inlays, the binding. Simply beautiful.

    I dont know about the rest of you, but I also get "proximity" GAS. For instance if I happen to be driving near a particularly juicy pawn shop or a Guitar Center, my front wheels somehow find their way to the parking lot and my feet manage to get me through the front door ...where I feel like I've reached some guitar nirvana. Gibbys, Gretsch's, Fenders, Martins, Taylors. Its almost too much to take! The amps, the accessories, the awesome guitars!
    Sorry, I think I'm having an attack. I heard that when this happens I should think about baseball for a few minutes until it passes.

    OK, so that's my story. Its not pretty, and its been tough to get the words out, but I feel like I am in the only place where others may actually understand and accept me as the man that I am.

    Thanks to each and every one of you for taking the time to listen.
     
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    stevebway Metaphysician & Ham

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    Wow, you sound like me or I sound like you ...

    I have all kinds of special rationalizations but you know, I love doing this and I actually use them to make music I just don't want to miss any Child Support payments or College bills.I list my job last December so there's a lot on me right now. ( sigh)
     
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    Thats gonna be a BEAUTY Coffee!
    oh...and P90's! :eek:hnoes:
    GAS!
     
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