I have isolated a nearly new GW1 for about $450 under typical retail price new. I have wanted one of these for about three years primarily because it is the only fretless I seem to be able to sit down and immediately play. I like the sound and positioning of the Bart and the preamp, and the natural look is nice contrasted against the lined ebony fingerboard. The ramp would also be worthwhile in light of the way I play. To be honest, I love the Willis sound, but I am under no illusions that Gary Willis will pop out because I buy one of these. My concern is in one word: Ibanez. Does this bass rise above the name's stigma because of its electronics and components? Am I going contrary to sound logic and reason? Will another, possibly less costly fretless do the job for me? I value your imput before I do this thing tomorrow.