I've been feeling the need for a new bass, and I REALLY want a fretless, but one of the things that's holding me back is the constant need for fretboard maintainance. I'm trying to keep the over all cost down, so I'll probably end up with a Dean Rhapsody HBF fretless. It has an ebinol fingerboard, which I understand is rather resistant to wear, but I'd like some added protection other than just using flats. Would the coating on Elixir strings help to minimize fretboard wear, or would it just be more cost effective to buy regular old flats? How often would I have to do maintainance on the fretboard if I was using Elixirs instead of nickle wrapped flats? Also, would I have to have a higher action in relation to a fretted, or could I go even lower? EDIT: On a side note...the bass itself is hollow body (Rhapsody Hollow Body Fretless -- HBF) so how would the acoustic volume on the elixirs be in relation to other strings?