So I dropped by GC on a whim earlier today, looking to spend some quality time with some MIA P's and decide between those and the highway 1. I've been struggling with this decision for a while, so I figured a good few hours with the instrument will help me decide. So I'm looking through the basses and I only see one MIA. Black/white/maple. Pick her up, play it, compare it to a MIM and a classic 50s, etc etc. By now I've worked through half the wall of P Basses, and I see one all the way in the back of the row, almost hidden behind an amp stack. Lo and behold: My dream bass. Oly white MIA P. Grabbed it off the shelf and sat down with her, only to notice the following: 1- no knobs. Not a big deal, some d00sh probably swiped them. 2- 2 small dings, and a few minor scratches on the back. 3- Small dings on the neck, spanning from the headstock to about the 4th fret. The only way I can describe these is it looked like someone had long finger nails and dug their nails in pretty hard (it would have to be considerable pressure to make indents on the wood like that) 4- small crack in the finish near the neck pocket. I immediately got excited, called over the employee who knows me by name now, as I'm in there every week playing different things. I showed him the imperfections, and he said that there's definitely some "shop wear" and he will take it to his manager to see what they can do about it. He said he will give me a call back later this afternoon. Here's my question, in two parts: 1- How much should I expect them to knock off the price due to these imperfections? Given, none of them broke the finish, and they didn't affect playability, but I was surprised to see it on a "new" instrument. I'm hoping for them to come down to $1000 even, from the $1199 list price. Is this unreasonable? 2- If they don't give me much off, do I have any leverage to negotiate further? For example, what I think my biggest concern is how would the finish in the neck pocket crack like that from normal show room play? Doesn't that imply someone taking the neck off or doing some sort of more serious work on it than just noodling around the show room? Let me know if I am totally off the mark here, or what I should expect to hear when this guy calls me back. PS: I forgot to mention that I absolutely love the bass. I'm considering putting it on layaway and paying it off regardless of their decision, but I would like some sort of decent discount for the wear on it.