I've been playing bass for over a year now, with lessons. I've been thinking about "expanding my horizons" and I've considered buying effects, getting a five-string, getting a six-string, and taking up another set of lessons. But I've really been wondering about fretless basses. I've tried them out before and I love the tone and the feel, but I was just wondering what advantages a fretless has over a fretted. Is it possible to get whole new tones and sounds? Can you do anything on a fretless that you can't do on a fretted? How hard is it to have good intonation? Is it worth buying? and if so, what would be a good first fretless under 500$? How do effects respond on fretless(distortion,harmonizers, wah)? and finally How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop? sorry, couldn't resist, but seriously please give me some input on this!!!