I spent some time at my local music store this morning. They had several MIM Jazz 5's and I got to check them out. Compared to my Brice the fretwork was not as good (some sharp edges,)the pots felt cheap(free wheeling,)the bridge was a standard Fender type where as the Brice has a nice high mass bride, and on every one of these basses the pickup poles were off center from the strings. That may not have any real effect but even my Essex does not have that problem. Their price was $429.00 plus tax. My Brice was 299.00 plus 22.00 shipping. I feel that I came out way better with the Brice. OK,let the flaming begin!