I'm not sure if anyone else gets this. I live in Dublin, Ireland. While yes, technically, there are a fair few music shops, the stuff you can get for bass is limited. But what's seems to be even rarer than left handed basses(just a small dig, ignore that haha) in music stores, is someone who knows ANYTHING about bass. Today i asked something that they just didn't know the answer to, i looked up on my phone, while in the shop, even though they were next to a Computer and found out the answer myself. It was about a particular bass they had in stock that was rare(a Fender urge II) i Said "i thought they Were discontinued, How did you come across one? He replied "haven't heard of it, what bass is that?" i pointed "oh, well we got that the other day" that was all he said and walked away. I think because he knew nothing about it and didnt want to answer any more questions. Now don't get me wrong, they're are always nice, know prices of anything in the shop, generally good service. But it's always a guitarist who doesn't seem to know about bass. Ill tell you a really really really, in my opinion, stupid thing that happened when I asked a question to them. I don't claim to know everything about bass or bass equipment, I have learned more than half of what I know about electronics, equipment etc from here. But, it's just ridiculous to me anyway. I went into a music shop and told them I needed acoustic bass strings(I had never played an acoustic bass before and it was for a very small intimate gig, they insisted it be all acoustic, I even had to play a right handed bass upside down, but I got through it haha). So I go into the music store(had been to about 3 already) and this was the 4th that had no acoustic bass strings. So I said to the guy "do you know anywhere around that would sell them" he replied " well there's no demand for acoustic bass strings, but you could just put electric strings on them and they would sound the same" I was in shock, but that's not even the funny part. I then replied "acoustic strings sound completely different" to which he said "you wouldn't really notice it on a bass because you won't really be heard" me-"would you play an acoustic with electric strings" him-"we'll personally no, because it wouldn't sound the same" Face palm. I left that second and found the strings after looking for hours. Does anyone else think these guys need to seriously get people who actually play bass full time? It's something I have no faith in immediately when I walk into any music store.