So my Carvin XB6PF finally arrived (three weeks, late, but it's here). Here are the specs just FYI: Walnut body, flame koa top (looks really nice) 5-piece maple neck with 2 koa strips ebony fingerboard lined fretless J99/HB2/Piezo pickups But try as I might, I just cannot get the sound I want out of it. If I basically turn the piezo pickup off, keep the J99+HB2 balanced in the center, and then push the bass eq almost all the way up (mid & treble are centered), then it's almost close to what I hear in my head. If the bass eq is centered (or less), or I add in the piezo pickup then the entire tone thins out way too much. And the strings are ringing more than I ever remember any strings ringing. I've had two 6-string fretless basses in the past: a 1990 Tobias (Basswood body (I think), maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, 34" scale, 9V Barts) and a 1994 Modulus Q6 (alder w/cocobola top, graphite neck, phenolic fingerboard, 35" scale, 18V EMG SweetSpot pup). The Tobias had great warmth but didn't really seem to cut enough, and the Modulus was almost constantly too bright. So here's my question: What in the world should I be looking into? I dig the Modulus neck and I liked the Tobias neck. I have thought about another Modulus Q6, but with Barts. I've also thought about an MTD, G. Gould and Zon. I'm not sure about current Gibson Tobias quality/customizability, so I can't say I'd go that way again. Locally, I only have access to Fender, Lakland, Ibanez, Tobias, and whatever GuitarCenter has in stock. But I'm pretty sure nobody in town has a 6-string fretless, let alone a fretless. Help.