Just taken up playing again after 30 years (Yes 30!). Man hasnt the bass world changed? I quite like the idea of having a go at fretless. I decided rather than spend too much to start with I have acquired a real old cheapo P bass copy which I intend to defret (didnt think ripping the frets out of my 66 Jazz which I have owned from new was a good idea!). Two questions 1. Any tips on defretting? and 2. What about strings? I am not a fan of flatwound and wonder if roundwounds might be a bit too severe on a fingerboard that wasnt intended for fretless, although I will probably try to harden it up a bit by brushing on some polyurethane coating. I understand you can get strings that are somewhere between the two (halfrounds?). Have seen bits about them here in the forum but would like to know more, including makes available in the UK. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.