Willpower - I was a good boy
I was at Long & McQuade's North York store before going to school yesterday, and saw a beautiful Ibanez Soundgear 406NT bass... and i didn't buy it.
Normally the lower-end SR's don't catch my eye... the plain maple bodies are a bit too plain for my tastes. But this one was unusual in that it had fairly extensive figuring over about 2/3 of the solid maple body! Very nice, considering if it were a model that was supposed to have a quilted top, it probably would have cost twice as much! So it was just a fluke piece of wood in their stock that resulted in a stunning instrument.
I pulled it down off the wall and noodled around on it a bit... extremely comfortable to play (no wonder so many bass players love them), and that 6-string neck is just amazing! It's so wide, you could land a plane on that thing. The pickups were clear as a bell, but seemed a bit cold, though. Even with the neck pickup selected and the treble and mids rolled off, it couldn't produce that deep "thump" that i really like, but i probably could have dialed that in at the amp.
So why didn't i buy it? Well, i really love 6-string basses, and this one was a beautiful specimen of a very affordable instrument. (C$680 on the price tag)
Do i need it? No. Do i want it? Yes, of course!
But i talked myself out of it, mainly because this isn't a good time for me to be shelling out more cash... i really need to force myself to play the guitars i've already got before i buy any more.
I'm sure i'll have many opportunities to cure my G.A.S. in the future, but it sure is hard to pass on a beautiful axe that doesn't come along every day.
Sometimes, i'm so pragmatic it hurts.