This has been on my mind for a while. I see it all the time on here and in real life. Has GC-MF become the place for large manufactures to dump their factory seconds? They sell Rickenbackers, Gibsons, Fenders, EBMM basses and guitars that would never go on the walls of guitar shops. I have never seen a Gibson at GC that I would even pay used price for. The GC by me has three EBMM basses that I can not believe left SLO and some of the worst Fenders I have ever seen. A independent guitar shop by me sells a lot of Gibson guitars. They have over 50 electrics on the wall at any time. Every one is top notch. The GC up the street from them has probably 150 on their walls and 50% are so-so and 40% are crap. I asked the owner of the independent about Gibsons quality control and why every guitar and bass that he had was nice. He said he has to send back about one in twenty because of QC issues. That tells me that they will not even try and send him a bad one. Where do the ones he sends back go? Look at the flaming Ric threads, where did the "bad" ones come from? When has a bad bass come from places like Sweetwater, Bass Central, Wildwood or any other place that takes the bass out of the box and inspects it before photographing it to show you the bass you are buying. I always roll my eyes when I read a post or a thread where someone says they tried a bass at GC and it sucked and they would never buy one. I think the reason GC-MF can give the great deals with % off coupons and 45 day no questions asked return policies is because they are taking discounted factory seconds.