OK, just watched that Tony Franklin clip, and it made me sick, because i just cannot get a good AMPLIFIED tone out of my fretless like he does... Unplugged, my bass sounds great - lots of growl, vibrato sounds beautiful, etc... but, as soon as I plug it in, all of those nuances disappear, and it sounds like sh*t. I am not the greatest fretless player in the world, but am able to make it sing pretty well until pluuged in... It is a Jazz style bass made of Warmoth neck (maple) and body (alder), ebony fingerboard, roundwounds, Duncan SJB-2 Vintage jazz pickups. I've tried it thru many amps and it's always the same story... I changed out the pickups a few years ago (from Dimarzios), and it made no difference. I am wondering if I need to try different pickups, and am even wondering if I should get piezo's installed - Percy Jones gets a great tone, and when I talked to him a few years ago at a Tunnels show he showed me that he was only using the piezos on his Ibanez EDA and had even ripped out the regular pickup... yet, Franklin, Mendoza, Willis etc. get great amplified tones using non-piezo pickups, and I just can't seem to... Does anyone else have this problem? Is there a secret I'm missing to a good fretless amplified tone?