I have a '97 American standard Jazz bass that I was lucky to find for 200 bucks over the summer - was just sitting unplayed for like 15 years and it is in pretty great condition.. A super lucky find. I like it a lot, but I feel like I have my six string for fretted work. I have a straight up piece of crap Peavy Millenium that I took the frets out of and did a fretless conversion (it is pretty bad, I can make it sound good but the bridge pickup doesn't work, truss rod has popped out the neck a little towards the head..). I find myself sadly playing it more than my Fender even though it was supposed to be a backup just because I love the feel and sound of fretless even though the Fender is of course the superior instrument. So, might be sacrilege of some sort but I want to put a fretless neck on it. Maybe even try to sell the original neck to recoup some of the costs if it looks like I like the fretless neck and will never put the original back on. If I was made of cash this would be easy I am guessing. Lots of choices. But I have a family, a almost 2 year old daughter and we go pretty close to paycheck to paycheck a lot of the time. Selling some stuff I can probably budget 200 bucks roughly. First of all is this doable on that kind of budget and if not what should I be looking to save? Secondly, although I play electric enough I am still an upright guy in terms of a lot of my knowledge of where to get things and I am not that familiar at all with where I should be looking, what companies are good to buy necks from etc. I'm not afraid of getting my hands in there and changing out the neck but I need advice about what I should be looking for. Sound wise, if it matters, I have TI flats on it and I usually just use the neck pickup. I like a deep fundamental but without being too muddy. I worry that a neck with lots of stuff over the wood might not give me the sound I am looking for; if I found something with an ebony fingerboard played gently with flats like I would on an upright, would I be safe not having epoxy or poly on there? Any other woods that I could play without a coating? Or am I assuming incorrectly that those coatings kill the natural type of sound I like? I have been googling and searching for a couple weeks now but not finding much that helpful, particularly about where to look for necks or what kinds. Thanks A LOT for any help!