So I went to Guitar Center the other day to snoop around and because it always seems to lift my spirits abit. Well, there was this guy <b>in the middle of the store</b> on an old Fender J he had pulled off the wall plugged into a SWR combo they had on display <b>in the middle of the store</b>. Now admittedly this guy was good, real good. He was slapping the hell out of the poor bass and when it was singing it was begging for mercy. Here's the problem I have with this. I'm not too good, YET, and how the hell am I supposed to plug in and run through a couple of scales and feel comfortable while Sir ThumpsALot is ripping the coils off his strings? Well needless to say I felt about as inadequate as I would have in an elephant sextoy shop, so I played a couple of basses without plugging anything in and slowly slunk away, unconsciously bopping my head to his funky beat I am sure. So I guess the lesson here is be sure to warm up before you go to purchase a bass..... or maybe the lesson is to buy that bassist's guitarist another full Marshall stack or two... either way they need to make people play in rooms or something, I went to look at basses not attend a workshop.