I'm thinking of having the fingerboard of my fretless Stingray 5 coated (I'm not too knowledgeable on fingerboard coatings, so I don't know what it would be coated with). I have it strung with flats now and it produces a really warm tone with a hint of upright bass.. but I guess that's not really what I'm looking for musically at the moment. The tone it had with rounds is closer to what I am looking for, but I could actually see wear on the board that I was creating, and that scared the crap out of me. I think a coating would protect my fingerboard and get me closer to the tone I want. I'd also consider taking my fretted Peavey to someone to have my frets dressed (or refretted.. but I doubt that is really necessary) and also a full setup done on both basses. I goto school in Madison (I have no car here, so somewhere I could get to by bus would be great ) and I'd be in Wisconsin Rapids during the summer. In the summer I would have a car, so my potential luthier radius would be increased quite a bit. I think I might contact US Masters (a custom shop in nearby Middleton) about the work, but from their website it seems that they are just instrument builders, and don't do any maintenance.. but we'll see.