My first thread here. If this has been discussed to death, then feel free to delete it. And my intent isn't to stoke the fires of controversy, just talk about things, ok? Something's happened to me in the last couple of months. First, I dinged my semi-cherry(?) '69 Jbass at the weekly blues jam and started looking for a cheap, well playing/sounding beater. Bought an Essex J copy. I'm stoked with it. THEN.... I took my 13 year old daughter and two of her giggling friends to the Van's Warped Tour in Houston weekend before last. I saw some, many actually, guitars just getting thrashed. I mean, chipped, skinned, taped, pounded, played like job site pry bars. One kid in Letter Kills had tone to die for and nearly played the strings off his guitar, but it was terribly abused in the process. It looked like puredee JUNK. Got me to thinking.... hmmmmmmmmmm.............. Maybe I should chill out a bit with this beater I bought and not get an@l about it. You know, just play it and quit worrying? So, I took the first step in that direction by slapping a red Letter Kills decal on the pickguard. Whooooahhh.... I hope some of you can appreciate just what a big step that was for me. So, whaddya think?