A couple of years ago, I wrote an article titled “How Many Guitars Are Too Many?”
I have since learned that there is an official web site dedicated to the (somewhat desirable) disease… called GuitarAcquisitionSyndrome.com.
There is even a book available that can be purchased on Amazon.com. Just click the image to the left if you need immediate help with your addiction.
From the review: This is a fun and unusual book. Your “normal” friends won’t understand it, you won’t really learn anything specific about guitars or collecting… What you will walk away with after reading this book is the comfort of knowing that you aren’t alone in your affliction for acquiring guitars (and that many people are worse than you).
G.A.S. is best described as the uncontrollable need to purchase “just one more” guitar. Then, when the new guitar arrives, the G.A.S. symptoms return. It’s a never-ending cycle that can be… terminal.
G.A.S. is a growing epidemic among guitar players young and old, regardless of how long one has been playing.
G.A.S. is not rational and appears to be a sister disease to “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder”.
Since it is easily stimulated through the visual sense, it highly recommended that those suffering from G.A.S. avoid the local Guitar Center, Sam Ash and MusiciansFriend.com as very serious financial hardship and/or marital difficulties may occur.
Clearly, the key to curing G.A.S. is early detection.
Research has shown that those who suffer from G.A.S. today had symptoms for many years that were most likely ignored.
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