We're all familiar with the SX megathread, and despite referring people to it on a regular basis, there are still periodic waves of threads along the lines of: "I looked at the megathread, but I have to ask, are these basses really that good?" Or maybe: "Is an SX really comparable to higher-priced instruments?" So I'm starting this thread purely to say: Yes, they are worth it. If you have any doubts or questions in your mind about buying one, just go do it. I'm personally giving you the go-ahead. I'll be the little guy on your shoulder (I'll let you pick which one) telling you to just pull the trigger and buy the bass. It's okay, you can swing it. I know it's the holidays, but you deserve a treat, too. Maybe you can conveniently leave the Rondo site open before your hunny sits at the computer. Or print out the bass you want and circle it and tape the paper to the bathroom mirror. If you're a kid and you want your parents to buy one, show them this thread. They can take my word for it, these are some of the best starter basses you can buy. I'm giving the greenlight. C'mon, they're cheap! They're between $100 and $150. That's one of the the lowest prices you can find on an instrument, period. It doesn't go much lower than that. I've owned two of these basses. I played my five-string jazz style bass this morning at church. I like its fingerstyle tone better than my Marcus Miller signature bass. There. I said it. It sounds better and it's bone stock, with the exception of a snappy looking pickup cover that doesn't serve any purpose except to add some chrome. 'Cause chrome is hot. The tone is there. Is the workmanship up to snuff with an American Fender? No, but that's why these things cost $100. Are the playable? Definitely! Do the sound great! Yes! Hopefully future posters can link to this thread and the answer to the question that seems to come up again and again. Seriously. Just go buy one already.