hi, i just got a new Essex Jazz with the flame top. I was a lil disappointed when i started playing it. It buzzed like crazy. Plus it had scratches around the edges of a few frets. I had put the action up pretty high to avoid fret buzz. Besides that, i think this bass feels pretty solid. Looks sharp. But the playability is what im concerned with. It seems to buzz a lot. I knew that when i bought this bass, i would have to put a lil more money into it. Now, im wondering if i should have spent more money and got something nicer. Maybe a Rockbass for $340, or Spector, or Dean. I also might be joining a band whose guitar player uses 7 strings. I'm either thinking of keeping this bass and eventually get a 5 string essex or brice. Or returning it and buying a nicer 4 or 5 string. What do u all think?