This week I picked up a 1950's bass built by Karl Wilhelmina Lederer ..I started on electrics in 1970..switched to fretless in 1976 and played a lot of jazz..have played just about anything since..but rarely a standup. Actually I bought one in 1999 while living in Holland from a luthier in Amsterdam..with aim to resume my reading skills first born from trombone and tuba (1966-1974) and chord changes thereafter on the bass. The 3 finger thing was a shock..whadaya mean you don't play with 4 fingers on your left hand! You want me to what?.. I gave up..sold it to a rockabilly guy in London This time the aim is to play bluegrass, acoustic blues and new American folk music.. No reading required..and maybe no 3 fingers.. Today I ventured to a bluegrass gathering at the farmers market in Oak Park Il. Every tune is in D. I'm at the 5th 'fret'..no way am I playing open strings..I made it 1:15 before both hands collapsed in a heap..but no open strings..we electric guys hate open strings..they are weak..too many harmonics! But maybe I need to reconsider...maybe a mix..watch this space..