I have serious GAS.
It’s not something that I can see a doctor for.
GAS, is what us gear nerds know as Gear Acquisition Syndrome. It is when you are constantly searching for new gear. Music equipment is a vast universe in which everything is cool, everything can work together, and everything is something you can convince yourself you need. The funny thing is, unless you are a professional musician, everything is practically useless. It is just an expensive hobby that will make your friends think you are crazy.
I may have a serious problem, but I am working on it. I love buying guitar pedals, I spend all my money on these things. I have a very extensive pedalboard that I have built and I treat it like a child. For those of you who don’t know what a guitar pedal is or what it does, it is a little metal box with buttons, knobs, and an input and output. They each contain analog or digital circuits that affect your guitar signal and change the sound that comes from the amplifier.
The different type of effects include overdrive, distortion, fuzz, modulation, reverb, delay and many others. Each one of these effect categories have a bunch of subcategories, and for each one of those subcategories there a going to be a few different pedals that do that very same thing but slightly differently. So you can imagine how easily one can get sucked into this endless world of effects.
I have grown up around music equipment because my dad is a guitarist and guitar collector, and he has just as bad GAS as I do. Except he is more into the guitars themselves. Just as I am constantly searching for new pedals for good prices, he does the same with vintage guitars, and his collection is very impressive.
A cool thing about quality music equipment is that it barely devalues. If have a quality pedal or guitar, you can sell it for only slightly less than you bought it for. Sometimes a pedal will be discontinued and it’s used price will shoot up. Sometimes you can trade for something of more value just due to the circumstances of the trade, maybe that person just really wants what you have and you end up getting something more valuable, and if you want to sell that, you end up making some money. It gets addicting. I have been buying and selling pedals for about a year and a half now. Before that I was okay with very minimal effects but now that I am neck deep in this hobby, I am constantly looking for trades and good buys. I am a member of multiple Facebook groups that are for buying, selling and trading gear. I also frequent a site called Reverb.com that is essentially the Ebay of music equipment.
My most recent purchase was the Montreal Assembly Count to 5. It is a granular delay looper with 3 digital adjustable tape heads, 3 distinct modes, expression output, and endlessly weird sounds. I know all that will mean nothing so someone who doesn’t like pedals, but basically it is an effect that makes your guitar sound
really weird. The cool thing about this pedal is that it is the only one of its kind, there are no other pedals that do the same thing. (I know I said that there are a bunch of pedals that do the same thing, this is an exception.) It is made in very limited batches by a mad scientist named Scott Monk. I have met the guy a pedal convention (yes, that’s a thing) and he is truly a genius, and truly a weirdo. Only a guy like that could make a pedal like this. One of the reasons why I bought the pedal, besides just thinking that it was awesome, was that after the company sells out of them, which happens very quickly, they go for much more on Reverb.com. My mindset was that I would buy this pedal, sell another one to fund it, and then possibly sell this one after having my fun with it and I will have ended up making some money, and then the cycle continues.
Okay, this article has gone on far too long talking about something that no one cares about. If you have read this far, thank you and I hope you thought it was interesting and don’t think I’m too crazy.