Was Scott Grove the troll?
Yeah. He posts highly opinionated Youtube videos spouting off very controverisal things ("wood doesn't matter - it's all pickups") as fact, and is very dismissive towards people who don't agree with his views. The idea, as I understand it, is that if they're controversial enough they'll get posted and reposted enough and debated enough on guitar discussion forums all over the internet, by people who agree AND disagree with him.
In some ways he's pretty knowledgeable. In others, my personal experience doesn't agree with his (I do tend to hear a difference in the picking attck of different fretboard materials, and I can hear clear enough acoustic differences between guitars made from different body woods, consistently enough, that I can't believe wood doesn't have ANY influence), and if he stated his beliefs with a more moderate, "these are my views for these reasons" tone I wouldn't have any problem with him.
In others though, he's dead wrong. I remembered watching a video where he states that there's no difference between American and Mexican Fenders, because it's often the same workers driving back and forth over the border making them. Even ignoring obvious differences like specs (21 vs 22 fret necks) that's obviously not possible considering the two factories are something like 400 miles apart.
So, I just don't take him terribly seriously. For all of his accurate points, there are too many statements he make that are much more debatable than he lets on (some people really believe fretboard wood doesn't make a difference; I disagree, but that's my personal belief and that's fine, there's room for a range of opinions), and there are still other statements (the Fender employees) that are just factually inaccurate and are NOT open to debate.
So, I just make a point of not watching his videos, because the more plays he gets, the more he's encouraged to continue posting flame-bait like this. I think this kind of stuff hurts reasoned discussion.