Getting out of the constant GAS cycle

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by Tobin1634, Feb 25, 2020.

  1. Tobin1634

    Tobin1634 Member

    Nov 28, 2017
    Ok, so I realize that this is like asking the inmates to run the asylum, but has anyone successfully gotten out of the GAS cycle? I am pretty obsessed with gear and seems like I end up getting something whether I need it not every couple of months. I watch you tube, listen to podcasts, come on here, read articles about gear, it's obsessive! I have been playing a while, but really only got into the electric guitar scene five years ago. Since then, I have amassed a good amount of stuff! It's not a problem, I haven't hurt myself financially or anything like that, but I would like to get the point where I don't feel the need to buy more gear all the time! But it's so hard to stop when all of the content I consume is essentially trying to sell me something!
  2. ToneDeVille

    ToneDeVille Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2017
    N Tx
    it's not easy. helps to not look at so much stuff on the internet. :)
    I'm definitely guilty of buying a pedal here and there that I don't really need but seem to think might make life better. But I just hate to shop at music gear stores. Between the uninformed employees and the shredders it's not worth the drive.
  3. monwobobbo

    monwobobbo Member

    Mar 29, 2010
    North Chili, NY
    i broke that cycle around 7 years ago at this point. i stood back looked at all my gear and thought hard about what my needs truly were going to be. i sold or traded the stuff i didn't really need or fit into my plan. i bought a few things that did and then called ti a day. s far so good. i know in the back of my head that if i can't get what i want out of what i have now then its me not the gear. that idea is key to success with this
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  4. NorCal_Val

    NorCal_Val Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    7th Pinnacle of Mt.Poofadooma
    Accepting that “you sound like you” no matter what you play through, is key.
    Jwblanton, mojah, zzmoore and 26 others like this.
  5. ckfoxtrot

    ckfoxtrot Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    Stop consuming that sort of content (gear videos, etc.) and replace it with something else. Maybe replace it with playing/practice.
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  6. rmconner80

    rmconner80 Cantankerous Luddite Silver Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2005
    Clifton, VA
    Practice more. Gig.

    Recognize the pathology - you're more interested in the acquisition than the value that the item will provide to you. Learn to substitute something else for that high - like putting money into savings, IRAs, or paying your car off or your mortgage early.

    Create rules for yourself and share them with others to help hold yourself accountable. I.e. if you buy a guitar, you're not allowed to sell it for 18 months. That makes it harder to constantly cash out and re-buy... it makes it less likely you impulse buy something that is not a keeper... and it makes it more likely you get attached to that guitar and don't sell it to feed the cycle.

    Finally, don't go cold turkey. Instead determine what you think is reasonable using a budget or "no more than four pedals a year" or whatever and take enjoyment from that.
  7. The_Bell

    The_Bell Member

    Oct 21, 2019
    If you buy three guitars at once, that should give you a bit of breathing room in the gas cycle.

    Or: i think about which guitar I currently own that could be most improved upon (setup, mods, new parts, etc) and shop for those smaller ticket items and wait for them to come up at a good price. Same shopping process, different amount of dollars.
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  8. jiml

    jiml Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2002
    I stopped buying/selling/trading gear for extended periods of time over the years, same with golf clubs (another huge time and money sink).

    Never stopped researching though..
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  9. tiktok

    tiktok Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2009
    At some point, you run out of money or space.
  10. Coopster

    Coopster Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    On target
    Wait...You can get out??

  11. PBGas

    PBGas Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    It is never easy as there are so many great new things that come out and it's always the next best thing that sounds more "real" than the previous. In the end, some great advice in this thread to go with what sounds great to you and stick with it. The endless cycle of trading and upgrading is fun but it is also exhausting and takes so much away when one really should be practicing or recording new music. I'm guilty of this myself and in all honesty have put my foot down this year to just be happy with what I now have and use it to it's full potential. I've also learned that like others have said here, you sound like you no matter what the gear is.
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  12. Keg8605

    Keg8605 Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2013
    Just here to say I have the same issue and am constantly trying to curb it. Someone above hit the nail on the head about buying to buy something not really the value its going to give you. The circles of gear, nothing has really changed much except wasting time. For me I think it has to do with distracting myself from other responsibilities too. Good luck to you. I cancelled an order yesterday :)
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  13. rickt

    rickt Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2018
    North Carolina
    I've got 11 electric guitars, two acoustic guitars, 17 amps, and a crate full of pedals. The last two things I purchased were a Macmull Tele and Fat Jimmy Tone Machine. I've got more stuff than I could possibly need. I have not felt any desire to purchase more gear since my last acquisition. I may sell some stuff, but not looking to acquire anything on the musical side.
  14. sleewell

    sleewell Member

    Sep 10, 2012
    get in a band.

    lock in your rig.

    focus on writing music.
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  15. Telefunky

    Telefunky Member

    Oct 8, 2010
    Walking the Earth, like Cain in Kung Fu
    I'm probably the opposite of most guys on TGP. Guys around here settle too easily and give in to the naysayers telling them it can't be done/it's not worth the hassle/you always sound the same...
    blah blah.. but that's just typical "sheep" thinking.

    When I see the great players I'm studying and analyzing every detail of their technique, setup, equipment operation, etc... and thinking "how can I apply that" because there's ALWAYS something to learn from top-level players.

    Music is about LISTENING and EXPERIMENTATION. I'm constantly trying to improve my gear because if it doesn't blow me away onstage, it gets sold or given away. The other thing you can do is get your equipment modified. If something is NEARLY perfect but not quite there, don't settle. Take it to a tech and see what can be done. You'd be AMAZED at the difference one capacitor or one resistor can make in the overall performance of a piece of gear.

    So to me, the issue isn't GAS, it's about improving every single area of your playing including your equipment. I don't stop until that piece of gear does EXACTLY what I want or it gets replaced. Why WOULDN'T it be that way??

    Most guys around here seem to think CONVENIENCE is the name of the game when it should be INSPIRATION. If your sound isn't inspiring the hell out of you... you've got work to do.
  16. Litterick

    Litterick Member

    Dec 25, 2018
  17. Average Joe

    Average Joe Member

    Jan 1, 2010
    On a chair, behind a desk
    Play more, play in more bands. Being busy playing is a sure fire way for me to break the GAS cycle
  18. The Captain

    The Captain Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    Is it an interesting hobby that engages your brain, keeps you out of casinos and pubs, is cheaper than a boat or racing ANYTHING ?
    So long as you are not spending the rent, it’s probably OK.
    I like messing about with gear. I don’t overspend and pedals etc are pretty cheap.
    It only looks excessive cos it’s not consumed with use and therefore accumulates.
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  19. Funky54

    Funky54 Member

    Jun 12, 2009
    Make a spreadsheet and compare what it earns to what you spend.

    You may sell all but one guitar and a solid state amp after this exercise.

    Another approach... take your income and divide it by the hours you work. Then take your gear and add it all up.. how many hours did you spend working to trade for that gear?

    Only do this as a last approach because it could make you stop listening to music altogether.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2020
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  20. Tobin1634

    Tobin1634 Member

    Nov 28, 2017
    This is all great advice. I am in a band and I think that has helped a lot, I went through a gear journey as it applies to the band and it has helped a lot. I'm FINALLY at the point where I'm happy to with the sound and my rig for the band. I am now at a point where I don't have much desire for anything and I am trying to disconnect from the constant gear cycle that is podcasts (I have a long commute) I got satellite radio and now enjoying listen to Eddie Trunk - still music focused but not all about the damn gear!
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