Yesterday I had a really cool experience at a local guitar store. I frequent the local stores a lot, and had stopped into one on my way to pick up my kid from school, had some time to kill. I’m in the acoustic room playing and this guy is standing in the room and I can sense he’s watching me. I stop playing after a while and look at him and say “This one sound really good.” He is very complimentary of my playing. We get to talking and he’s looking to buy an acoustic for his 14 year old son (who plays piano and has an electric guitar, but wants to play Elliot Smith style acoustic stuff....kids still listen to Elliot Smith?? Cool!) but has no idea what to get. He starts asking me a lot of questions, what to look for, what I’d recommend. Gives me his budget. I direct him back to the 70s Alvarez Martin dread copy I was playing. I felt it was the best sounding and best playing guitar in the store for anything less than $2000, and it was under the budget he gave me. I have solid knowledge of MIJ guitars and Alvarez from that era in particular (have owned a few). I compared the quality to the lower end new Martins and Taylors and Yamahas in his range. I inform him of some upkeep/maintenance, things to look into when considering guitars, etc. We talked for around 45 minutes about guitars. He asks me if I work for the store to which I reply no. He thanks me and offers to buy me a beer should we cross paths again, and we part ways as he finds a worker to discuss the guitar I pointed out. Hopefully he bought it, but either way I feel I should get a little something from the store for my work! Just fun talking guitars in general and cool to share what knowledge I do have.