Looking at getting a bass to play hard rock/metal. Budget is limited but it seems alot of these groups have gone to the 5 string bass. I have read some good things about the Essex BG-205 but without playing one that would be tought for me. What is the sound of them campared to something I can play? From what I've found the lower end Ibanez or import Fender(maybe) are choices as well. I've played a little bass before but maily guitar(6). Is the hardware good that comes with the Essex? I also like some older stuff as well(Dokken, Ratt, Led Zep....) My first guitar was such a plie I hate to buy a low end unit but it sounds like the quality of the lower end stuff has come along way. Is the Essex something that is ok for small club gigs and such? The low end Ibanez played ok it just sounded kind of thin to me. Thanks for the input.