I just got this bass on eBay. I've always wanted one and it is absolutely the most amazing sounding thing I have ever played. I never thought that having a 24 fret would be a problem for me, but I realized that I don't have much space between between the neck pickup the the 24th fret to get my fingers under the strings. I have been playing an Ibanez ATK with no neck pickup (and 22 frets) so finger space was never a problem. So... I was thinking about removing the last 2 frets and routing out the fretboard, thus making it a 22 fret bass and giving me more finger snapping room. I suspect the truss rod is probably right under there. right? bad idea So better yet- what If I removed 1/4 of the last two frets, just the part under the G string, then contoured the fretboard just in that small area down the the height of the bass body. The truss rod slot would still be covered by the fretboard I love this bass and I expect to own it until I'm dead so I'm not worried about messing up it's value (which remarkably it doesn't really have, but that's another thread ) But I would really like it if this bass didn't cramp my playing style. So what do you think? The close up shows what area I am talking about routing down to the body. It has a maple/walnut/maple neck, neck through construction so I think I would just leave maple showing where I routed through the fretboard.