this week, Cpt. Scarlet and i got together to jam around a little with a good drum friend of mine. well, i got there very late, so we only had a little over an hour to really do anything. i actually played guitar thru the jam, but then, the good Cpt. had to pull out his gorgeously understated Fodera fretless 5. now, mind you, most Fodie's i see are kinda wacky with the crazy tops and what not, but his was stately in its gently rolling waves of quilt in its naturally patina'd honeyburst. the ebony board had lines, which isnt my cup of tea, but still inviting nonetheless. then i had to go and do a silly thing and ask to play it. bad move! holy smack, what a gorgeous sounding instrument! the tones were just off the scale. fat, punchie, and yet hiiiiiiifi. didnt have too much "mwah", but just enough growl in the lower mids, where i like it the most. most fretless basses are too bright and clacky to me, with the "mwah" in the upper registers, where its just tooooo dang annoying, but Cpt's was simply perfect. his fretless Fodie has exactly the fretless tones i was hearing in my heads. it was a fretless i might actually call my no.1, if i did in fact own it! so, this is a warning to all y'all with fretless Fodera's. dont come near me, or be liable to have it snatched from you, as i run my dangest away from you. but dont worry. for now, i'm contemplating when i can try out this beaut.