I am interested in getting a frettless 5 or maybe a 6 to goof around and learn on. I would like to spend about $400(US) at the most, but could possibly go up to $500 if i found something really special. What I want is something decent sounding with a good growl/mwah and some versitility. I play in an original hard rock/metal band, but at home its anything goes style wise. Now here is why I picked these three particular brands; they are all pretty much in my price range (new or used is not important),I have read good things about all of them, and they all have an interesting "look". The Brices are very nice looking guitars, and the Curbows and Dean Rhapsodys(sp?) have interesting, unique body designs. In a nut shell I am looking for something decent sounding, with a smooth easy playing neck, and an "eye-catching" look, something different - if that makes any sense. I would appreciate any info or advice I can get. Thanks.