I have not played much or kept up with what is going on in about 20 years. I still have two basses and once played a fretless Jazz bass (professionally). I'm retired now and would like to play again and I want to buy another fretless but I see all these basses have a strange fret marker like where the fret once was. what is up with that? I'm not sure I could play it right off. To be honest it looks goofy to me but it must be normal because it seems like they all seem to have it. Can someone tell me what is up with this? When and how it got started. Last time I bought a Fender it was only American made. So lots have changed. What say you?