Trying to see who has changed out the pickups in their Essex basses...and what the change was. I replaced the split-coil P in my Essex "Franken-P" with a Seymour-Duncan QTR-Pounder (Thanks for the recommendation SMASH) and that bass friggin' rocks now. Really hot pickup that cuts through. I have an Essex Jazz that totally needs a pickup change and was wondering also if anyone's done it with one of the Jazz models and can give some info. IMHO the stock Essex pickups should go for around 5 bucks at 7-11 or something. Guess I shouldn't have expected much though but for the money I'm still impressed with the basses.