I just got my essex at 6:12 pm last friday, and all I can say is wow. First of all, this will be my third (and certainly not last) bass, I've previously owned a samick fretless P/J and a esp f-205 and let them go because they didn't satisfy me at all. I've played many of the common high end basses like warwicks, sr's, peavys, american fenders, etc.., but have yet to play sadowsky's and such. Anyways, on with the review. The essex 62' j-bass is the best bass I have ever played. The tone I get out of this is simply amazing plug into a pa system to 2 cabs. With one guitar and mic plugged into the same system, the essex cuts through surprisingly well. It doesn't overpower the others by any means, but what you get is a great bottom growl. However, I must say, the tonal variation on it leaves some to be desired, however, this can be remedied, maybe with new pups, a preamp, or an eq pedal. Next up, is the wood. The body is the of middle weight, it's definitely heavier than the fender MIMs and MIAs. Don't know how they managed that, but it sounds good and I'm not complaining. The neck is also another high point. The finish on the back of the neck is simply so smooth and easy to play on that I couldn't believe it wasn't butter The inlays surprised me because they seem to be a light pearloid, but anyways, they were done well. The frets seemed to need to some filing done, but otherwise, they were done pretty well. NO DEAD SPOTS, however, do to the el-cheap nut, open A D and G buzz, however, nothing else did. The action came set incredibly low and felt great, however, for a bit more punch, I raised it a bit. The neck was incredibly straight for something that crossed the country only in a box! (didn't order a bag) The bridge seems standard and I'm content with it, however, I am replacing it with a gotoh 201. The bridge has the same problem as MIM jazz bridges, the saddles disalign sometimes and also, it's a lightweight bridge. The strings are ok, and the tuners are ok to. The finish however, was amazing. A bright red (almost fiesta) was what I got, with a contrasting off white pickguard. The only finish problem I had was a scratch on the matching headstock, nothing noticable tho Anyways, I'm gonna be playing this bass for a long long time and you know, I just may buy a few more essex' before I hit for that beautiful blue sadowsky that nino-brown has on his page.