could someone please explain to me the difference/advantages/disadvantages of having a fingerboard versus not? i'm currently playing a les paul epiphone bass that has a nice rosewood finger board but am interested in buying a five-string olp musicman knock-off. (strapped for cash and hear they're pretty reliable) only thing i noticed when i was playing the olp is that is has no apparent fingerboard? or is there a fingerboard the same colour as the neck? i dunno, i'm slightly confused. could someone straighten me out? goose ps. if anyone has any comments to add on the olp, feel free to do so.