Well, spent some time at a local guitar center this past weekend. Nothing to get excited about. I made the trip because I needed to get a new strap for my warwick thumb (neck diving monster). Anyway, for anyone who's ever brought their own instrument into guitar center, they have to check it in. No big deal. So, I get out my bass and sure enough the guy at the counter has something to say about it. "Hey! A warwick fretless. We have one just like this!" I have a fairly individual model, '90 Thumb Neck-through Fretless. I later discovered that the "same model" he was talking about was a fretless corvette standard. Not the same bass at all. I have yet to see a newer, updated model like mine anywhere. At this point, I've made it very clear that my bass is older and isn't much like the newer models. He can't find the serial number, because it's not in the usual spot. My impression is that this guy knows little about bass but is trying to pretend that he plays bass himself. Sales gimmick that I'm sick of! I take my bass to the bass section of the store and try out amps. Nothing special. Over the course of half an hour, I had numerous sales people say, "how you liking that fretless?" or "warwick?" I don't even think the sales manager, who was trying hard to get me to buy an amp, knew that the bass was mine and not one of theirs. What bothers me about that place is that no one knows what they're selling. It's annoying when a sales person comes up and says, "I love that bass man, one of the best players we have here." The bass is mine! You've never played it! If you don't know that the bass is mine, how do I know that you've actually played an instrument there and know of it's quality? Later, when I was buying a strap, the guy who's ringing me up makes a point to say how nice these straps are and even has to have this little exchange with a co-worker. "Hey ______! You could probably play about 12 hours with this strap, don't you think?" Is this really necessary? I agree it's a nice strap but reiterating this point several times is annoying. Obviously I'm just kinda venting about sales people selling something they know nothing about. I know some of you here work at GC. They aren't always this pushy and incompetent. In fact, the guy at another GC who sold me my combo amp was very helpful when I was torn between two amps. He even hooked me up with a discount because we got along so well. I didn't expect him to do that, he just did because he can relate to my life. He's a muscian too, trying to survive. He knows what it's like to spend a fair amount of money on something that you're unsure of. Granted this is a major chain and a lot of them view it as just a job. I'm sure some of them do take it seriously, but I've found that to be rare. The people who own private shops tend to be the people who really care that their customer is satisfied. Everyone who talked to me was nice, I just get sick of the general lack of knowledge. Has anyone else had this kind of experience? I might be the only one who's bothered by this. I like my sales people to know what they're selling (i.e. specs, features, drawbacks, etc.). I also don't wanna feel like they're desperate to make a sale or anxious to get you outta there. I don't wanna buy something from a store that doesn't wanna put real effort in to help me. It's just tedious. Anyway, I'll stop venting. Just kind bothers me, you know? Can anyone relate? P.S. Sorry this is so long. I didn't feel it could be summed up very well. Also, this isn't an attack on anyone. Just venting mostly. I welcome criticism to these points, especially those who are sick of people like me trying stuff out without ever buying anything. (I know I'm guilty of that at GC. ) I'm sure this doesn't apply to all GC employees.