I'm still looking for a fretless bass. I've found in the ads a second hand Fender JP-90 (made in America) defretted bass. I haven't seen/tried it yet (I've seen some photos though, and it's not a pretty bass, IMO) but according to the current owner (on the phone), it's in excellent condition. It has been defretted by a professionnal luthier (that I have heard of) and he applied a very strong varnish on the fretboard to protect it. The guy's selling it for a little less (10%) than the price of a new MIM Jazz Bass Fretless. The guy's living a bit far from my town so, before I decide to ask you, fellow TBers ... any thoughts ?