I've been on the internet way too long, so I'll make this short for now and add to it later: I've been jonesing to try fretless for a long time. Been looking at some of the nice basses for sale in the classifieds here. Also looked locally (only found one fretless -- a cheap Dean 6 string -- not what I'm looking for or to my taste). While scouring the shops yesterday, I came across a $95, used Squier Affinity with bad paint and thought, "What the hell." Now it's mine. An hour or so ago, I bought a used Mighty Mite fretless neck on ebay ($80 incl. shipping and undetermined tuning gears). Should get it in a few days. I've set the bass up as well as I can (neck, intonation, action), which is to say it plays OK -- neither better nor worse. The pickup is crap -- just what the doctor ordered to remove any nuance from your playing -- I assume the electronics are, too, but don't know a lot about those. Single P pickup with a volume and a tone control (which just makes things muddy, so I leave it wide open). So... I figure I'll want some kind of flatwound strings to avoid tearing up the fingerboard. I do like the "mwah" sound, so nothing too dead -- something that'll get nice harmonics w/o sounding harsh. Sadowsky and D'Addario Chromes are recommended in some threads I've read. Something about "Webstrings" as well. Would one buy flats in similar gauges to rounds? I.e., if I use 40-100 for rounds, would I do the same for flats? Any recommendations for strings and/or a nice (but inexpensive) pickup are much appreciated. I don't want to spend a lot, as this is my "fretless tryout/take-apart experiment" bass. A nice, expressive, flexible fingerstyle sound is the goal. I love to slap -- don't know how that'll translate to fretless, but if it works, bonus. If not, as long as I've got the fingerstyle sound, okay. Apologies for the meandering tone of this post. Typing tired!