I play gigs with a cort curbow five string, but as a backup I bring my Lightwave Classica. The classica is an awesome bass super picky, super sensitive. It is fretless, with an ebony fretboard. If you aren't on the spot, you can hear it. I practice with the fretless at home, and it makes me way more accurate when I play a fretted bass, even the hardest riffs feel easy once you master them on a fretless. I have only played it for a gig one time, and that was because it was like a hundred degrees in my van and when I went to test out the curbow all the strings were buzzing on the frets. the fretless didn't have this problem. The Classica is lighter, way more punchy, and I would like to play it more on stage, but I'm still scared of it. Super punchy and super sensitive are not a combination for a bassist of my skill level... not in front of people. Plus, there are some songs that don't want a fretless sound, there are some that do... I'm not sure I want to be switching basses during a gig unless it will be for more than one song. It is a shame because the classica is such a fine bass. Do the guys who switch basses during gigs find that it is worth the trouble? I could get by with one, I do. I know I would be able to tell the difference... but the audience, I doubt they would. Is it mostly a matter of personal taste then? How you feel about the way you sound?