When I was 14 my Mum bought me a brand new 1981 Fender Telecaster Black 'n' Gold Deluxe. It was black with a maple neck and matching black headstock with gold hardware and a unique 6 saddle gold plated bridge. It cost her £425 (The equivalent Strat next to it was £475). That was huge amount back then. I used the guitar through my teens into my twenties, in numerous bands and gigs. At one point, when I played bass in a band I swapped it for a Aria Pro II bass for around a year, but got it back eventually by swapping back. In 1995 when I finally let it go it was in perfect working order, with battle cards and dings even a new neck (as it got pulled of it's stand at a gig and fell into a fireplace and badly dinged frets and neck wood) This was the only guitar I had and I learned everything on it. I used to try and copy all my favourites bands sounds on it through my trusty Peavey Studio Pro 110 and a Boss BF2 Flanger, I tried and somehow found tones like The Sex Pistols, The Cure, Joy Division, The Smiths, The Chameleons, The Police, Neil Young, The Who, The Beatles etc etc. I don't remember ever gassing for new gear, I did upgrade my amp to Musicman 65 at some point as I thought it looked like Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) Fender Twin (but I preferred the overdrive on the Peavey!). When did GAS start, is it a symptom of the internet as we all came online through the 2000s?, due to more surplus cash (or access to credit) as we get older?. When I have a Custom Shop Strat, Gibson SG Std (2013) and a PRS Custom 22, why do I somehow feel that more or different gear will give me better tone? I wish I would spend more time tweaking the gear I've got to get the tones I seek rather than browsing the glorious pictures of new gear on some of the retailers websites! I miss that old Tele and Peavey, but I guess it would sound horrible to my ears some 34+ years later. GAS is a curse!