Im my case it was a huge difference Ok...well if you were in my position- both local stores couldn't do anything for me even thought it was under warranty, what would you have done? Fender did not treat me poorly, but as a consumer I have to advocate for my self. I even offered to ship them my amp and pay for it my self if I had to. When it came down to it, I had to put my foot down. Fender is the best brand in basses I can think of ( I bet many of you can think of a better brand), and I expect exceptional service from them. I made this post because I found nothing related to my issue and I figure if someone else goes through the same thing they're not alone...that's all.