I went to the San Francisco GC on Van Ness Ave the other day. It's 4-times larger than the biggest music store where I live. The sales staff very friendly and helpful and, my overall experience was very pleasant. I got to play one of the new 2008 Fender American Standard P-bass V's through an Ampeg SVT-VR head and Ampeg 8x10 cab for about 30 minutes. I loved the sound of the P-bass through that rig. Also the P-bass was in great shape (except for being out of tune) for an instrument that handled so often (it sits on a stand next to the amps for anyone to play). My sister-in-law had a great time as well. She got to buy several set of guitar strings for her guitars.