I have decided its time, I've been putting it off too long. I need a fretless. I want to try my best to stay under 500. I know there aren't a lot of choices for that. I don't like fender style. I'd love to have an esp but I don't want the bottom end model, and that just leaves the spalted maple. I love my B-4E, so I'm sure I'd like the esp, BUT, the spalted maple is where i have the problem. Since it will have to be ordered, I won't know what its going to look like until I get it, and every picture I've seen looks, as you would expect from a natural finish, DRASTICALLY different, from gorgeous to downright boring. Add to that, it has a rosewood fingerboard, and I'd rather have ebony. That makes me hesitant to get one of those. I would also like to have an epoxy finish on the fretboard, so I'm wondering if I'd be better off doing a fretless conversion, rather than buying the esp and having the neck epoxied. what would you guys suggest?