A while back I had picked up a new Dean Edge Q 6-string to play around with. I very nice bass for the money, nice quilted top, EMG PU's and a punchy sound. My only complaint was the string spacing was a bit tight. About 5 months later I got a Carvin Anniversary Series 6-String (LB76A). Now that is one hell of a bass! Flamed maple.....Well that could be a whole other thread. The big plus is the string spacing, wider then the Dean, much easier to slap on. So...no need for the Dean. After many trys to sell it on Ebay and else where I gave up. So, if I am going to keep it, might as well rip the frets off! And so I did.... A local shop here in Florida did the work, took out the frets and layed in maple lines. I say must, I am glad I did! That bass sounds awesome as a fretless (as good as my other fretless basses)! Nice growl and punch, and since I really do not slap on a fretless, the string spacing is not a issue. The only thing I'll have to watch is the rosewood fretboard for wear. So lesson here.....There is always a way to breath new life in a un-wanted bass!!