I can't believe I got today already. A great value for the money. I would rate way higher than the Squier stuff that Fender puts out, and maybe better than the Fender Mexican stuff. I wanted a fretless bass just to fool around on with out spending a fortune. Love the gold hardware and the bass looks great. I love the dark stain and smooth lacquer on the neck. It reminds me of how Fender USED to finish them. I hope to buy more guitars from you soon. Please feel free to post my comments so others will know that Essex has quality stuff.