Disclaimer: Store names and instrument models are used as examples. Not as "all these are like this or these two stores are the root of this evil!!!" I've noticed more and more with a lot of different instruments but mainly more mass-produced instruments like Fender's Standard/Am. Standard series but even on instruments like Modulus Q-series that the in-store setups are horrible! I mean the setup on the instrument on the rack, not the usual setup you get to your specs. when you buy an instrument. At both Long & McQuade and Steve's music in Ottawa there are many basses and guitars (I don't know about drums, keyboards etc.) that are setup horribly on the racks. HUGE neck relief, unreasonably high or low actions and pickup heights that are all over the place. Is this common? I took a break from playing and hanging around guitar shops but don't recall this being noticable back then. Does anyone know how this happens? Is it some store's policies, factory-specified settings or the infamous "Not Me" from Family Circus? It felt horrible to try a Warwick that seemed to be setup worse than the tub bass I tried to make as a kid. BTW: I do mean setups that *no* player would be likely to find comfortable. The kind you would expect if you soaked a bass in a tub of water then dried in a pizza oven... think really bad.