So true. Last time I tried out an electric guitar, I had a shredding machine right beside me. And the guy kept going and going and going. It was literally impossible to audition the instrument and I wound up walking out of the shop.
I prefer shops like Cosmo Music or Lauzon Music. They have great audition booths that allow you to take your time and really get a feel for the instrument. Without some monster shredder bending your ear.
I think this was the guy next to me. Or someone like him. They all play and sound the same to me.