TB'er Cheezewiz had some bucks burning a hole in his pocket, so we took a trip to Guitar Center in Cleveland, OH. yesterday. I had never been to one of these musical superstores, other than a Mars Music which used to be in Toledo. First off, let me say that the stories you hear of the store stocks setup issues are TRUE. I played 10-2 basses, and only about two of them were set up reasonably well. Some of them were downright horrible. I checked out a musicman SUB 5, which I had been interested to see. The setup was SO HORRIBLE you couldn't tell a thing about it. Not a single instrumet I played there was in tune. After hearing so much about Warwick, I tried out a couple of them. The first was an FNA Jazzman, which actually had moldy, tarnished frets and strings. Pretty hard to tell about tone on it due to the strings, but I'd think it would sound okay. The neck IMO was horrible, like holding a baseball bat, and the frets had some sprouting issues that were pretty unnacceptable for a bass tagged $1650. I also played a corvette standard, which wasn't bad. The neck still stunk on it, but it was set up reasonably, and sounded pretty good, especially for a passive bass. In true GC wanker style with warwick in hand, I plugged into the biggest ampeg stack available, and cranked out a few bars of "higher ground". Cheezewiz was so embarassed, he tried diving under amps as to not be seen lol. It's a good thing he missed my 10-15 minute drums solo on the most expensive Rolan V-drum set they had, it was killer. In their vintage section, they had a pretty nice 78 P, strung with flats of some variety. It played and sounded wonderful, even though it was tuned to C when I first got it off of the rack. Being broke, I didn't snag anything, but Pat got a heck of a deal on a new Stingray 5. I'm not too impressed with the place though, their sales staff were idiots as well. Fun day, and I got to try out a bunch of horribly set up basses.