This was not the employees fault, it's probably mine at the end of the day. I just wish they told me need to know information. After almost two years I had finally found a 1974 G1 Gibson Grabber at an ideal price of $700 that was in good enough condition for me to want to buy from GC, loved it, so beyond comfortable and fit so well with my band and our playing style, became an instant forever bass. I've been helping my brother pay his bills since he got divorced and his roommate moved out and it was going to be a little stressful(but doable) for me to pay mine this month. I decided since I was still within the 72 hour vintage return window to return the bass, I decided to do so then immediately put it on layaway just so I could have a portion of the money back to pay my bills with a little more peace of mind and was gonna pick it back up a week later. Since it was an online order it would have taken 24 hours for me to re put it on layaway but the manager said he'd put it on a no money down layaway until I could put the money back down at 4 o'clock today. We both figured it would be safe. I learned this morning that even before it could process into their inventory that a GC PRO guy bought it. I'm still like shocked, I guess a GC PRO guy is someone who buys vintage gear for the pros and big recording studios and what not and they get updates when a vintage piece is brought into the store, it doesn't even have to be in the system yet for them to buy it. I spoke with the manager at the store it came from, the manager at the store I brought it to, and as well as the GC assistance hotline. None of them had any way of reaching the GC PRO guy that bought it, I basically just wanted to try talking with him to plead my case so that he'd sell it back to me. This is the last place I think I can turn to, if any of you guys perhaps know how to reach these GC PRO people, or have heard anything about a GC PRO guy they know who bought a 74 Grabber for $700 from the Guitar Center in Portsmouth NH, maybe you could let me know. I know it's a one in a million chance, but I was also told at GC that it was almost a 0% chance that it would've been accidentally sold so who knows. I just feel like karma punched me in the face for trying to do a good deed.