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Gear Acquisition Syndrome - Anyone Catching it?

Old 07-12-19, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by jideta View Post
Apparently the 48 hour rule doesn't work. I just bought some new cranks.

I don't usually replace. I just add to the stable. You know, like cameras.
And guitars.
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Old 07-12-19, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by NoWhammies View Post
Why the unhappy face? Building guitars sounds pretty damn cool to me. Then again, I haven't lost a garage!
The unhappy face is because it is much easier to achieve n+1 when you’re building them instead of buying , which becomes an issue (Provided that you don’t pay yourself for your time of course). Our current agreement with SWMBO is; the number of guitars cannot go into double digits! That includes “in progress” ones as well.

The below cost me much much much less than a decent bike. Obviously, I don’t pay myself for my time

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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
You say that now, but the next time a pickup stops working, you know you'll be tempted to rewind it.
The trouble is, the d@mn things keep on working
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Old 07-12-19, 04:10 PM
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I'm sorta glad I don't play guitar anymore. I can cross stuff like Gibson and Rickenbacker off my list.
Except my sister in law gave me a baby Taylor. I've just been staring at it for the last two months.

I was close to trying guitar building. Being a luthier. I even bought an ukulele kit to start.
Many sleepless nights on Stewmac...
Thankfully I resisted. Maybe when I retire.

By the way, ukuleles are like guitars. I once had like eight or nine around here. Down to just four.
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Old 07-12-19, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by jideta View Post
I was close to trying guitar building. Being a luthier. I even bought an ukulele kit to start.
Many sleepless nights on Stewmac...
Thankfully I resisted. Maybe when I retire.

By the way, ukuleles are like guitars. I once had like eight or nine around here. Down to just four.
Jump right in. For acoustics, you need some sort of bending apparatus, but it is amazing what you can achieve with little tool/equipment if you take your time. The only specialized tool I recommend buying right off the start is a set of nut files.
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Old 07-12-19, 05:57 PM
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OMG! I didn't know I have the syndrome. I have started cycling in the last two years, and so far, I have built 10 bikes from framesets, one bike per ~2.4 months.

Naturally, the next question is... How do I stop, please?

Cheers....
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Old 07-12-19, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by hcgaloi View Post
OMG! I didn't know I have the syndrome. I have started cycling in the last two years, and so far, I have built 10 bikes from framesets, one bike per ~2.4 months.

Naturally, the next question is... How do I stop, please?

Cheers....
Find another hobby.
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Old 07-12-19, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by kissTheApex View Post
The trouble is, the d@mn things keep on working
You ever get the itch to wrap and design a single coil strat pickup that also is shielded (or greatly reduces) hum while still retaining that Strat chime...just drop me a line. You'll have a customer.
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Old 07-13-19, 04:31 AM
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You ever get the itch to wrap and design a single coil strat pickup that also is shielded (or greatly reduces) hum while still retaining that Strat chime...just drop me a line. You'll have a customer.
Must. Resist. The. Dark. Side.

Honestly though, a “weak” stacked humbucker might be your best best. Perhaps with a high pass filter on the volume pot.
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Old 07-13-19, 09:43 AM
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Old 07-13-19, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by kissTheApex View Post
Must. Resist. The. Dark. Side.

Honestly though, a “weak” stacked humbucker might be your best best. Perhaps with a high pass filter on the volume pot.
Ooh, interesting proposal! I'm actually also researching Lace sensors. Even if they hum...some sweet sounds have been obtained from those.
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Old 07-13-19, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by CarloM View Post
Ooh, interesting proposal! I'm actually also researching Lace sensors. Even if they hum...some sweet sounds have been obtained from those.
If you go the route of stacked bucker and high pass filter, I recommend a push-pull pot for volume so you can turn it on/off. For the high pass cap, something in the neighborhood of 330 picofarad should do.
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Old 07-13-19, 07:24 PM
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Like "new" stuff, or new stuff? I'm not big into the new things in bikes, but I usually either get stuff to build, upgrade, or replace broken parts. Once. So probably not.
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Old 07-14-19, 11:15 PM
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I most definitely fall into the guitars/ bikes world of GAS, but my 25+ guitars exceeds the number of bikes I have by about two to one.
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Old 07-15-19, 03:07 AM
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Just dropped >au$2k on wheels and tyres, so yeah... Thanks guys
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Originally Posted by jim_pridx View Post
I most definitely fall into the guitars/ bikes world of GAS, but my 25+ guitars exceeds the number of bikes I have by about two to one.
Now I don't feel so bad. Similar ratio, but much less overall numbers (5/2)
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You mean like buying new grips, fenders and a bell? No, I wouldn't do that...
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I would like to, but alas my bank account keeps the spending to dull roar. But I do need new grips, the old ones are worn thru....having trouble picking a color style though. LOL And sending bike in for yearly "tune up" Arthritis in hands keeps me from working on it too much. Can't get stuff tight enough anymore. Good thing my friend owns a bike shop...
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Originally Posted by jim_pridx View Post
I most definitely fall into the guitars/ bikes world of GAS, but my 25+ guitars exceeds the number of bikes I have by about two to one.
Yeah you gots to start building my good sir!
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Other addictions

I have been fairly restrained on bike-related purchases lately. Acquisitions have been limited to the purchase of new kit. I rebuilt the bike over the winter, so I don't have anything to tweak on it.

I have an Olympus OM-D EM-5 kit in a small Think Tank backpack. It makes it easy to combine cycling and photography - two hobbies for the price of one!

If you need a hobby to really vacuum out your wallet, try watch collecting... a new Rolex costs as much as a superbike. However, the authorized dealers have years-long waiting lists for the more popular stainless steel models. At least with a waiting list you won't succumb to a spur-of-the-moment purchase, unless you go "gray market".
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Yeah you gots to start building my good sir!
Well, not to be turning this into a guitar thread (sorry 'bout that), but I've done just that! The first two photos are a couple of builds that I did with a friend of mine (now owned by others), and the last photo is a bunch of partscasters I've assembled over the years. I use the parts guitars more often for gigging than any of the other guitars I own. If I had a decent wood shop, I'd probably get back into building guitars from scratch again.





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Originally Posted by jim_pridx View Post
Well, not to be turning this into a guitar thread (sorry 'bout that), but I've done just that! The first two photos are a couple of builds that I did with a friend of mine (now owned by others), and the last photo is a bunch of partscasters I've assembled over the years. I use the parts guitars more often for gigging than any of the other guitars I own. If I had a decent wood shop, I'd probably get back into building guitars from scratch again.
Now we’re talking! Great builds! Love the burst on the second one.

Since I can’t exceed 9, my last two builds have been for friends too .
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Originally Posted by kissTheApex View Post
Now we’re talking! Great builds! Love the burst on the second one.

Since I can’t exceed 9, my last two builds have been for friends too .
Love your build, too! It's great to see other guitarists on here, for I'm quite sure that most of us are fully aware of our GAS issues......LOL. Funny, but when I first saw "GAS" in the title of this thread, I just had to see what it was all about......
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Term GAS exists in every hobby. I had it for guitars and amps, photography equipment, motorcycles, now guitars.
My only advantage is that I'm a minimalist so it never gets too out of hand. I keep 1 or 2 best things instead of getting tons of gear.
I also sell everything once I'm over that hobby.
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@jim_pridx those are some amazing looking guitars. Excellent work! Are you selling them, or is it a hobby of passion?
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