Alright.. so I *was* a bit SX "nut hugger" as someone once put it. For some time, the SX was the only bass I had and thought I loved the thing. Bought a Fender Highway 1 Precision. Fender Tone- it's a classic p-bass sound. why bother elaborating? Essex Tone - close to a p-bass, but a bit hollow low and boomy high Fender Action - very low (below Fender spec), no fret buzz. Essex Action - Fender specs with a truckload of random zzzz's Fender Fit - tight, clean, almost seamless Essex Fit - okay. And the neck pocket gives me a place to stick extra picks/credit cards Fender Finish - weak spot, it nicks easily Essex Finish - the only place Essex wins... but it's versus a highway one, which advertises a nitro finish so it's apples to oranges. Fender - Great neck, even, no dead spots. Quiet electronics with classic Fender tone. Essex - slightly warped neck (still playable), buzzy electronics with stock pickups (quiet with dimarzios), and uneven fretwork. I might not be a bass expert... and I used to think SX was the grail when I had no money and was a bass newb. Now that I have played other basses (Tobias, EBMM, G&L) I see why Fender sells the most... SX is still a great beginner bass, no question about it. But since I bought a Fender, the SX is a pretty lookin' dust collector. That's my 2 cents. Your opinions may vary. I happen to prefer the Highway One P-Bass over the Stingray and G&L... Tobias is an unfair comparison as a Fender guy and Tobias guy just wouldn't like the other's bass. D-crest, out.