Thought I'd share the result of my first defretting project on a Hofner Ignition Violin bass. Too bad I don't have a 'before' picture, but there you go. I apologize to all respectable luthiers on here for using a potato knife, a putty knife and wood filler. The chipped look of the lines is most likely a result of carelesness, but I think it gives it a nice effect. During: After: After with Labella nylon tapewounds: It did have Pyramid flats on it (which I'd ordered along with the bass, it came with rounds on it), but the tension was a bit too high and they felt a bit too thin. I definitely prefer the tapewounds because they're thicker and feel more rubber-bandy, which I normally don't like but I do in this case. I did have to file the nut slots and it was a bit tricky getting the E-string through the tailpiece. Also, the ball ends are the same size as regular strings, I thought all Beatle bass strings had the smaller ball ends, like on the Pyramids. To my surprise, the tapewounds are a lot louder and have more sustain. They don't sound that good acoustically, which is probably true for any bass. The regular flats were a lot more thumpy and upright-bass-esque, wich also sounded great. Anyway, I'm happy with the result. Let the flaming commence!