I think it's difficult to get things from many people if you not only want them to make something you'd want, but you also want them to talk about everything the way you'd want them to talk about everything. Not stating who is right or wrong, just the consequence of difference in opinions. I decided about a decade and a half ago (maybe I'm a little slow) to always say "ghee, I'll bet that even though I'm bullheaded and you say things I don't agree with, I'll bet we could be friends, anyway". My golf partners at the time were probably about 30. They get upset when you call them ladies! (it implies to them that you think they're like some formal old lady). I think we may have called them "the Vimmins". "Are the Vimmins coming?" ..., or "I'm not going to say that in front of you Vimmins", which was a sure way to get a line that would make a sailor blush. Point being, if you talked to any vendor long enough, I'm sure they'd tell you something you didn't want to hear, and in this case, maybe you'd cheat yourself out of a good guitar. I'm not willing to do that. I also don't tell someone that they lost a customer when I wasn't actually buying something from them, because it's just a hypothetical used to modify their behavior, and we all moved away from our mothers for a reason. At least most of us did (to my good friend Alan K who lived with his mother all his life, you're held to a higher standard!! - Alan doesn't belong to TDPRI, btw). (I've sold a couple of guitars that I bought and played for a half hour. But not new ones. A couple were new that someone else bought and decided they didn't want. In this era, it's easy to buy and sell something, so it's not hard to find NOS guitars or passed of unsold stock and then just move it along. A guitar that's got a half hour of play time will show that it has little. If I can see little spiderwebbing scratches, etc, let alone any fretwear at all, I know the seller was FOS. I wouldn't buy a guitar hinging on the 30 minutes part being true, but I would rely on one at least looking like it was if the seller says so).