If you already have it..why keep looking

Why are you still looking for gear

  • Its GAS , I cant help myself

    Votes: 27 52.9%
  • There has to be something better

    Votes: 9 17.6%
  • All the reviews led me to it

    Votes: 3 5.9%
  • Aliens

    Votes: 8 15.7%
  • I’m to busy to practice so looking for talent in a box 🙃

    Votes: 5 9.8%
  • It’s part of being a player expanding my knowledge of gear

    Votes: 15 29.4%
  • It was a good deal

    Votes: 15 29.4%

  • Total voters
    51

John C

Most Honored Senior Member
Silver Member
Jul 17, 2012
8,332
Kansas City
For me GAS is always there at least to the level where I love at least trying the new stuff out in the stores. Couple that with the thought that there might be something better (i.e. "the grass is always greener") has lead me to keep looking at "possible replacements" for some things that I have.
 

Jimbo99

Senior Stratmaster
Jun 5, 2021
3,149
Palm Coast, FL

"I saw a man pursuing the horizon"​


By Stephen Crane

I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
Round and round they sped.
I was disturbed at this;
I accosted the man.
“It is futile,” I said,
“You can never —”

“You lie,” he cried,
And ran on.
The world is flat enough to be on the horizon, the planetary bodies of the solar system rotate like that. The sun will eventually rise & set for anyone & it will be spectacular. Full Hunter's moon coming in a couple/few days. Hoping for clear skies, cooler evenings with no clouds.
 

jjaaam

Strat-Talker
Dec 2, 2021
254
Michigan
For the vast majority of my 42 years of playing, I was not a gear head in any way, shape, or form. I’d get a guitar and settle in on it for years, then occasionally get another one to replace the previous.

I’ve come to find that GAS can affect you regardless of age. Just in the last two years-ish I’ve sold off a few guitars and bought new ones. And I’m finding myself constantly looking for the next one, even though the ones I have now are more than perfectly adequate.

It’s a disease, I tell ya…
 

Butcher of Strats

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 28, 2022
3,067
Maine
I truly disdain shopping and buying more gear.
Too much good stuff to bother with cheap stuff, too refined in what I want to randomly experiment, too seldom is a new piece of kit an actual improvement, and too often it is useless because it falls so far short of similar stuff I already have. Then I cant afford $4000 purchases. Pretty much where an amp or guitar prices to maybe be better than what I already have.

But #2, There HAS TO BE something better...
 

3bolt79

Dr. Stratster
Oct 16, 2018
15,628
Oregon
I started playing in 1983. From 1989 to 2008 I was a one or 2 guitar kind of guy.

Then I suddenly had more time to play the guitar and since 2008 I have improved greatly. I studied Classical for 5 years From 2008. So I had a couple of more guitars (Nylon String Classicals).

I went back to electric at the urging of my son. Then I started buying more guitars. Finding new ones. Buying and trading.m playing with my son. Got my grand kids involved. Bought them guitars.

But I find about half of the guitars I buy tend to be ones that I wanted in the past. They are good little nostalgia machines, and take me back to better days gone past.
 

langstoneight

Strat-Talk Member
Sep 17, 2022
77
Mass
psychological manipulation by everybody that talks about anything guitar related on the internet,

but then again you can never have to many guitars

but then again if I would spend half of the time I spend researching guitar stuff on practicing - I would be a much better player

but then again if I would spend half of my gear expenses on lessons - I would be a much better player
 
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Mr Jagsquire

Strat-O-Master
Sep 26, 2020
759
Berkshire
I've been doing a few guitar repairs for friends since I retired. Obviously I have to set them up and check them out, so it's usually long enough to get bored of the idea by the time they collect them. That's a win/win for me; getting paid for trying other guitars out. Currently waiting for someone to need a 335 repairing, though I've got an Epiphone Casino coming in soon, so that's a start.
 

touch of gray

Strat-O-Master
Jul 10, 2022
592
Bismarck, ND
I started playing in 1983. From 1989 to 2008 I was a one or 2 guitar kind of guy.

Then I suddenly had more time to play the guitar and since 2008 I have improved greatly. I studied Classical for 5 years From 2008. So I had a couple of more guitars (Nylon String Classicals).

I went back to electric at the urging of my son. Then I started buying more guitars. Finding new ones. Buying and trading.m playing with my son. Got my grand kids involved. Bought them guitars.

But I find about half of the guitars I buy tend to be ones that I wanted in the past. They are good little nostalgia machines, and take me back to better days gone past.
I too share this hobby with my son. For a while, I was just buying or handing down gear to him. But he got me back into playing in the last few years, and that led to replacing older gear or things I have handed down to him. I am pretty happy with what I have, but like you, there are a more couple guitars I would like to have that have eluded me, and there is always one pedal out there that would complete my sound!
 

Butcher of Strats

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 28, 2022
3,067
Maine
I’n not. Not if I’m happy with what I have.
Good chance though that aging will force us to be less happy if we have traditional heavy gear and our backs go bad on us.
Big motivator for me, chronic pain is the gift that keeps on giving and the thief that keeps on taking away!
 


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