I had a few extra $$$ and kind of wanted a "banger" bass to keep around here at the house that I didn't have to worry about. So, after reading 1,756,578 reviews on the SX (Essex) Basses, I clicked over to their website and bought the cheapest bass there, a $89 Jazz Bass copy in black. Shipping was less than $20, so for $110 I had a bass on its' way ! I ordered it Monday, and here it is Friday and I find it on my doorstep ! BIG kudos for prompt shipping and excellent service. Well, I took it inside, opened up the box, did a quick tune up and neck adjustment and gave it a play - WOW, this thing sounds really nice acoustically. Nice and lively. No dead spots on the neck anywhere. Me being the curious type, of course I had to look inside the control cavity - pretty much what I expected - cheap 16mm pots, a greenie cap, and an inexpensive jack. Those will have to go. The tuners feel fine, seem to hold tune ok, but my skeptical nature says "those might need to go" as well. Time will tell. I also took off the white pickguard and popped a black pickguard, a set of Fender bridge/pickup covers, and a thumbrest onto the bass - just some extra parts that have been sitting here for a year or two. So, I still haven't plugged it in, but a bass that plays this well and sounds this good acoustically - well, even if I don't like the pickups, a set of Toneriders, Duncan Vintage, etc are all about $100 or so, and they sound very, very good. So, for $110 I have a nice bass. If I soak an extra $100-$150 into it I'll have an excellent bass, certainly a "gigworthy" one. Color me convinced.