My band just released our first album (hooray) and we are already hard at work on writing the follow up. The more we write the more I believe that fretless bass is the way to go for a majority of the songs on the album. The recording and performing of these songs is a ways away, nonetheless I have begun research on a 5 string fretless for when the time does come. (Translation: serious case of GAS) GC offers next to NOTHING in the way of fretless basses and none in a 5 string config, though the warwick 4 strings they have are quite nice. I also went to the Carvin store in hollywood and played an excellent LB75WF. My main issue is, both of these basses cost well in excess of $1000. Most of the other 5 string fretlesses I see are F bass, Fodera, Bee Bass; all the super duper expensive stuff. So the question is: Are there any 5 string fretless basses out there for under a grand? Is it realistic to think I can get a decent one for that much money? Or is an inexpensive 5 string fretless only a pipe dream...?