I was reading an old thread about attempting to get as close to a string bass as one can using an electric bass. Lots of theories & suggestions. Someone recommended a fretless rondo bass (Douglas). I looked into it, & I once played in a fashion band (on trumpet) w/a bass player that had a fretted Hofner. My recollection is that it had a distinct "oinky-boinky" chambered body sound, using flat-wound metal strings. It would be interesting to see how a fretless version with nylon tape wound strings would sound. I looked up Rondo, noticed they had a fretless model w/no fret markers. Not good for me, I'd never play it I'm tune. Damm! Also, the fretless model only comes in sunburst, whereas it's counterpart has a stained violin type finish available. Anybody here have any luck w/a fretless viola bass? Rondo does also have a cheap 30" short-scale fretless jazz bass that I could conceivably turn into my poor man's Jaco bass, but that's another story. I won't get both fretless sounds out of one bass.