Is it just me, or does everybody have bad experiences with Fenders at major guitar stores? I'm sure there's probably 500 threads on this already. I mean no matter which one I go to (Guitar Center, Sam Ash) the selection of Fenders is nice, but they're always setup HORRIBLY almost to the point of being unplayable. I don't know if it's the way they're sent from the factory or what. It's possible people that go there could screw with it, but I've never seen anybody take allen wrenches into the store and adjust them before. The bridge saddles are always way too high or bottomed out on the fretboard, or staggered for some sort of "step-action". I played 8 MIM Fenders (Ps and Js, even Geddy Lee Jazz's) today and not ONE was lacking massive fret buzz, way out of whack truss rods, or super high action. Now I am a fan of cheap basses so some high action or whatever doesn't bother me, but the way those things were was just ridiculous. Who would pay $440 for one of those when the $99 Carlo Robellis next to them play so much better? At least until you plug it in... I'm used to tweaking my cheap basses quite a bit but I'm just curious why these things seem so slapped together all the time. At least the Aerodyne Jazz I tried last was nice...now if only the price would drop a little I'd pick one of those up real fast... So I wandered over to the cheap rack filled with Squires which I expected to be even worse. Every Squire was setup reasonably! No obscure action setups or anything. Obviously the necks weren't finished the same way and weren't as fast to move around, but at least I could play them! Aside from that, if they weren't plugged in you'd swear these Squires were the higher quality instruments. I've found this to generally be the case at any Sam Ash or GC location I've been to. Not so much at smaller stores because the people that run those will fix them if they come in that bad of shape, but do they really spend THAT little time setting them up at the factory? And how come the Squires were so much nicer? I just thought this was interesting....my experiences for today. My SX P should be here on Saturday...it'll be interesting to see how it matches up to that.