I am by no means an expert or a monster player but sometimes I just have to bite my tongue at these folks who weren't even born when I started playing gigs. I know they are trying to be helpful and, as they gain experience, someday they will be even better at it. I hope I don't come off as a "know-it-all" to the sales clerks. I am polite, concise and clear as to what I'm looking for and try to show a lot of grace.
I've had several dealings with kids (Oh come on! As old as I am, EVERYONE under 30 looks like a kid.)
in Guitar Center lately and they have all been very helpful after I tell them exactly what I need. So I'm happy.
Thank you for your indulgence,