After I played my sunburst essex jazz i realized something. The fret playability sucks! Solution? Take them out! After severing my thumb (nearly getting stitches) I had all the frets out. I puddyed the lines, sanded the sucker down, and bolted her back on. WOW! It sounds and plays like a dream. the mwuah is just perfect! the action is absolutley perfect, and the relief is just right. All I can say is it's totally worth defretting one of these cheap wonders. Brings brand new life into and already good bass. All i have left to do is install the brass nut, and epoxy the whole thing, to protect it and make it nice and shiney! MORAL: Defrett your essex jazz.