i know this topic has been beaten to death but i was wondering if essex basses are worth it. ive heard wonderful and bad reviews of it. ive been pondering a new bass, and i would really love a Fender MM Sig, but i really cant afford it. ive also been thinking about getting a fretless and/or 5 string and this seems to be the perfect way to do it. ive heard that the b string can be weak, but isnt that generally a problem with all cheaper 5 strings? are the fretlines in the right places? ive also heard that there could be some construction issues and the bass would need to be setup soon after arrival. ive searched on the topics but people usually start talking about it but never come to a conclusion. also, are flatwound strings required on fretless or would i be able to switch to roundwound? my band plays prog/funk/rock type music thats kinda hard to describe. i currently use a rockbass corvette 4 and i like the tone, but sometimes it doesnt record too well or fit too well into the band situation. im looking for a warmer sound, but not really boomy, just like more low end with an even sound and not too trebly. i dont have any music stores in my area (that i know of) that stock any essex basses so i cant go try one out. any and all opinions on the subject are appreciated, and feel free to flame for being too lazy to search too deeply.