I'm trying to find a fretted 5-string companion I like as much as my Zon Lightwave 5 fretless. I've gone through a few, but nothing so far has really "spoken" to me. I'm trying to avoid 35" scale, as it seems to throw me off when I go back to my fretless. I'm playing mostly jazz (straight ahead, bop, fusion), with the occasional r&b, funk, or pop/rock gig. I'm not much of a slapper, but I'd like a fretted that sounds good when thumbed. I also prefer a bass that sits well in the mix and records well. I've found that basses I like when played alone just don't cut it with other instruments. I've got a Zon fretted with Bart humbuckers and Demeter onboard preamp. Not a bad sound, but lousy for slap. I've also got a Lakland and Ken Lawrence I've been fiddling with, but I find that oddly enough the Lakland doesn't really cut as well as I'd like with other instruments (running flat), and the KL is a bit clacky in my hands. Both sound killer slap though. Also, both are 35" scales...and that seems to be an issue.