I got my Carvin this week and things are good. It's a 5 string fretless Bunny Brunel model with 2 HB2 pickups, the piezo bridge and the "jaco" fretboard coating (my name for it). The good Very well made instrument, it's light, very well balanced, looks really nice. The EQ has a very noticible boost and cut. Easy to play but I might get it adjusted soon (I'm in Ohio). The piezo sounds pretty good, but it picks up everything, so be careful. Price was very reasonable. The OK I still have the strings that came with it. They are stainless and the combination of the string and the fretboard coating is a little metal on metal sounding. And the b string is OK (it's 34" scale). The pickups by themselves are OK, you need the EQ on to really make them sound good. Can't get a good "mwha" yet. It's in there but it maybe a string issue. The bad Not any fault with the bass. I have no band, and I just bought the Diablo II battle chest and it has taken away some playing time. So if anything, I need to adjust the neck and have an option of putting in better pickups/preamp, but that's far in the futre. I have some Fodera strings coming my way so hopefully they should make a difference. This is going to the blues jam on Sunday and Monday, so we'll see. My question for all you fretless Pedulla owners.. What kind of strings to you use? Because I've had a much easier time with the "mwha" on them and my bass should have the same fretboard coating.