Is Gear Lust Wrecking Your Bass Playing?

From time to time, more often than I’d like to admit, I find myself spending hours looking at gear online. Basses, amps, effects, recording interfaces, even guitars. I’ll be going about my day, reading the occasional article or forum post and bam! it hits me. Suddenly I feel the urge to search out every review, forum comment, eBay posting, and YouTube video, as well as scour the manufacturer’s website, to find any and all information relating the object that I am obsessing over. To be honest, I used to do this a lot. You see folks I have what we musician’s refer to as “Gear Acquisition Syndrome” or “G.A.S.” G.A.S. can strike at any time, and if you don’t learn to control it you can end up wasting a lot of time and money on equipment you don’t even use. Personally I feel that I have gotten myself under control in the last couple of years, but I do occasionally go astray. The thing is though, at the end of the day, I’ve read and compared a lot, but have actually done nothing productive. read more