For the past 8-10 years, I have lost count of the number of times a friend or band mate has joked, “Another new bass?” I have, not undeservedly, earned a reputation for turning up at almost every gig with a different instrument. Having tried all manner of basses, active, passive, both, I have come to the sad conclusion that nothing works better in our band than a P-bass. I say sad conclusion because this realisation has killed my GAS. I used to look forward to a chance to try out a new bass at a gig, quite often only to discover that it didn’t work for me and have to go through the process of selling it again. Now, I know that nothing will work any better for me than the ‘P’, I feel almost a sense of mourning at the loss of my GAS. Now I have to turn up at each gig with the same bass which will function flawlessly and sound great.
Like an addict, I still have eBay ‘saved searches’ and sometimes add a search result to my watch list, only to remove it a few days later with a ‘had one before, couldn’t get on with it, remember?’ sigh of resignation.
A GASless life is a joyless life. Vive le GAS