Hey everyone, new member here! I hope these questions haven't been asked too many times before... I plan to hit the stores after Christmas in search of my next bass - probably a Fender USA or Lakland Skyline. One thing I see over and over in these threads is that Fenders are inconsistent and you have to play a bunch to find a decent one. Can you give me any tips about what to look for or what to avoid? Are there any shortcuts for separating the diamonds from the duds? I'd also be grateful for any advice about dealing with salespeople and getting a fair price at the big chain stores. Thanks!