Guitar Acquisition Syndrome: what it is, how you already have it, and why that’s no bad thing

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If you are reading this, the chances are you may be suffering from Gear Acquisition Syndrome, a psychological condition commonly referred to as G.A.S. Symptoms vary, but there are some tell-tale signs. We can diagnose you right now, and no, you don’t need to send in a stool sample. In fact, please don’t – we’re all out of lab space.

But seriously, a quick look at the tabs on your browser, or dip into your bookmarks and search history – Sweetwater,, eBay, Craigslist, Guitar Center, Sam Ash, etc. – will present all the signs that you have G.A.S. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.