I feel the same about being treated right in a store - I've walked out of plenty when ready to ease out the card. Guess some folks just don't care though.
I know, it's crazy isn't it!
Would you believe the salesperson from Turramurra Music in Sydney said to me, "the profit in that wouldn't even pay for the electricity you've used by standing in the store".
I was there for less than 10 minutes, and had only gone through the electronics on the bass to make sure everything was working before I went up to the front again and asked, "how much?" (no sticker on the guitar). I also only offered $100 less than what he responded with. Thinking, "let's start the banter". Why else go into a store if you don't want to haggle. I can buy online if I don't want to haggle.
It was also in pretty bad condition for a "new" guitar. Tarnished frets, and a dent near the input jack. Apparently had been in the store for 6 months. I now know why. Jerk off's don't actually want to sell anything, and are doing us a favour just by being open....
Been saving for a while for an SR (you're right, they are not cheap) but after repeat viewings of your BTB i'm getting the gas for one of them now! My missus is gonna be pi**ed... :-)
lol! If you have the means, then why not buy both
. (and by "means" I mean "means of being able to hide it from the missus". lol)
It does play differently to the SR. The string spacing is larger. Which I think some people don't like. I don't mind it though. I found that it's easier to use my fingers for picking than on an SR. There's just more room.