First of all, sorry for my english, not my natural language (i am from argentina). Second, thanks for everything you post, i am a newby and i am learning a lot from you. I am looking for a starter bass, things are very difficult around here, but i compiled the following list for the money i have: yamaha rbx170 squier affinity p-bass (china) ibanez soundgear gsr 200 was looking at them until yesterday....found a store with essex's ! , I read a lot of good comments on them and i really like'em but i found some models i did not heard before like: sb 301 (passive, ibanez look and feel) Have anyone knows about that one ?, where i could find info (specs) about discontinued essex models ?. Whats your recommendation given the list i have ?..... Again, thanks a lot and congratulations for your day-by-day support to the community.