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Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Blairb, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. Blairb


    Nov 1, 2007
    Yesterday I stopped at a music store that is a national chain to look at and possibly purchasing a new 5 string.

    While checking out some Ernie Ball and Ibanez basses a salesman approached me. He was indeed nice and wanted to help. However when he asked me what amp I use, I guess in an effort to find something comparable to test drive some basses, that's were he lost me.

    I told him I use a GK MB800. His response was: " Never heard of it. " So I clarified: " What, the MB800?" He replied:" I've never heard of GK. Do they make bass amps?"

    I just figured maybe he usually works in another department. He continues: " What kind of bass are you looking for?" I told him that I was interested in a 5string. He told me he thought "fretless" basses sounded "cool" and wanted to know if I wanted to try out a Markbass combo.

    C'mon man.
  2. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    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,

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  4. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Did you say GK or Gallien Krueger?
  5. Ironbar


    Aug 24, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    Ah. So it was Guitar Center.
  6. Finally! A thread about incompetent sales clerks at Guitar Center. It's been, like, a whole two days since the last one. :rollno:
  7. Blairb


    Nov 1, 2007
    I guess Markbass is the tell about GC. 😜
  8. Blairb


    Nov 1, 2007

    I kind of summarized my conversation with him. I clarified my "GK" with saying Gallien Krueger and I did explain that all they made was bass amplification.
  9. Blairb


    Nov 1, 2007
    I've never really had a problem before and didn't really have a problem this time either. Just thought it was kind of funny a guy working the bass section didn't know what GK was.
  10. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Supporting Member

    So, isn't that what a dead horse is for? :p

    When you have so many good examples of stupidity, it is hard not to share them.

    Dan K.

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