A new twist... I think Excuse me if this particular question has been mentioned, but here's my situation: I've read a number of threads about fretlines vs. unlined fretless fingerboards. I agree with those who say that fretlines will ease proper intonation while playing, but I love the look of a bald neck. I'm not trying to prove that I can play an unlined neck, but I just love the look. Question: What if I order a fretless bass with lines on the underside of the fretboard so that the lines can only be seen on the sides of the neck but not the face. I mention it rather than dots on the side for each note placement so that I don't get confused with the position markers on the side of the neck. I also thought that it would be easier for the builder rather than placing the partial fretlines like an F bass. (For those of you who don't know, he has a partial marker at every fret position at the upper end of the face of the fingerboard. In order to do that, you have to make sure every cut is the same length on the board and fretline, put the fretline in precisely and then sand it down.) All the builder would have to do is cut the fretlines like he already does, put the filler for the lines in and then turn it over face down. Have I stumbled on to something here or have I just reinvented the wheel?