No help for sufferers of 'Guitar Acquisition Syndrome'

No help for sufferers of 'Guitar Acquisition Syndrome'

Musician John Fallon celebrates his first year in his Guitar Shack

Messing about with guitars is a labour of love for John Fallon

Messing about with guitars is a labour of love for John Fallon

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , business editor

BOLTON musicians suffering from a little-known psychological disorder – GAS – will get no help at all from the man who runs the town’s smallest guitar shop.

GAS, also known as Guitar Acquisition Syndrome, is what John Fallon was suffering from before he opened his first outlet in Bolton Market more than three years ago.

The 45-year-old former Deane High School pupil then opened The Guitar Shack in one of the Octagon Kiosks and he as just celebrated his first anniversary in his new location.

As a sufferer of GAS, Mr Fallon knows all about the pitfalls awaiting the obsessive guitarists.

The owner of 70 guitars which were cluttering up his home in Doyle Road, Hunger Hill, was given the ultimatum by his long-time partner Bev Smith.

Mr Fallon, who also has a seven-year-old daughter, Amelia, joked: “She told me it was her or the guitars.

“So I had to open the stall and later the shop to get somewhere to put them.

“But now it’s become a serious business. It might be a small shop, but I am big on service. My aim was to supply guitars to people who were on a small budget. The guitar and setting it up may cost £100.”

Mr Fallon, who has played in several local bands and is well known in the Bolton musicians’ community, offers 10 per cent discounts to students, and takes pride in repairing the guitars he gets.

He said: “I was taught how to solder by a guy who spent years repairing old televisions.

“Messing about with guitars is a fantastic way to spend your time and I love it.

“The more broken and beaten up the guitar is, the better it is for me.”

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9:10pm Thu 24 Apr 14

47songs says...

G.A.S.

Ever feel the need to trade in your first born male child for a new Gibson? Ever missed a mortgage payment to have just enough for that vintage Strat? Yeah. We got it too. Beside the obsession with owning them we're into drawing them too. Best GAS t-shirts on the net and.printed and sold on lots of other products, too. Check them out. You might like what you see.

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tfirstsite
GAS guitars are in the GAS section. 😉
G.A.S. Ever feel the need to trade in your first born male child for a new Gibson? Ever missed a mortgage payment to have just enough for that vintage Strat? Yeah. We got it too. Beside the obsession with owning them we're into drawing them too. Best GAS t-shirts on the net and.printed and sold on lots of other products, too. Check them out. You might like what you see. www.zazzle.com/rocka tfirstsite GAS guitars are in the GAS section. 😉 47songs
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9:23pm Thu 24 Apr 14

47songs says...

47songs wrote:
G.A.S.

Ever feel the need to trade in your first born male child for a new Gibson? Ever missed a mortgage payment to have just enough for that vintage Strat? Yeah. We got it too. Beside the obsession with owning them we're into drawing them too. Best GAS t-shirts on the net and.printed and sold on lots of other products, too. Check them out. You might like what you see.

www.zazzle.com/rocka

tfirstsite
GAS guitars are in the GAS section. 😉
Sorry for the shameless plug, but we certainly do have a lot in common. If interested, you'll have to Google the site rockatfirstsite at Zazzle. URL's apparently aren't allowed.
[quote][p][bold]47songs[/bold] wrote: G.A.S. Ever feel the need to trade in your first born male child for a new Gibson? Ever missed a mortgage payment to have just enough for that vintage Strat? Yeah. We got it too. Beside the obsession with owning them we're into drawing them too. Best GAS t-shirts on the net and.printed and sold on lots of other products, too. Check them out. You might like what you see. www.zazzle.com/rocka tfirstsite GAS guitars are in the GAS section. 😉[/p][/quote]Sorry for the shameless plug, but we certainly do have a lot in common. If interested, you'll have to Google the site rockatfirstsite at Zazzle. URL's apparently aren't allowed. 47songs
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