Dumb instrument shop advice? Post 'em in

We've all heard it. They employ 'em off the street, you know. What gems have you been told?

I've had this one: "The only difference between the Jazz and the Precision is that the Jazz has an extra pickup - probably for stereo"

Not particularly funny, or proof that we're devolving. I reckon you regs can do better.

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Maybe they think they can swindle you out of a few pounds 1b, they just don't take you serious enough. :)

Atchly, the oppo, Mike. The same divvy got too confused about my enquiries about upgrading my PA - so he just turned around the store's trade-price catalogue and passed it to me.

:shock: :shock: :shock: What an eye-opener! Whatever deal you bust from a store, don't feel guilty about it. Some of them (not all, it must be said) have huge margins. This was pre-WWW days, in this case.

When I telephoned to ask for advice because I was having problems with the low E string falling off the nut on my Flying V, I was advised that I'd need something called a "string tree" (as if I'd never heard of such a marvel before).

I replied that I didn't think this was such a good idea, seeing as the area of the headstock where it would need to be situated is covered in a large truss rod cover featuring the Gibson logo. How crap would that have looked with a string tree in the middle of it?

Luckily when I got to the shop to show them the problem I was able to deal with someone who knew what he was doing.

And the V has an angled headstock. Perhaps the sales-unter-meister had just transferred from a bonsai nursery?

there are some very knowedgeable people out there too, my local guitar shop is in Romford and the manager in there is not very polite but his knowledge is awsesome, i think people put up with his bluntness because of his impartial quality advice, he is a good player too, which ive noticed a lot of shop people arent, i cant stand a spotty 17 yr old trying to give me advice on a 68 Jap reissue strat when he clearly knows nothing about them, apart from the fact 'they are supposed to be good' .

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