...but this is ridiculous. I just took delivery of a custom fretless from Pete Skjold. It's a beautiful bass in every way. About a week later, I was on vacation and walking on the beach in Anguilla (beautiful place, BTW). I stepped on a thorn and reached down to pull it out of my heel and the other end was equally sharp and broke off in my finger - exactly where I stop a string with the tip of my left index finger! Well, after two weeks of hoping it would work it's way out, I finally removed it surgically last Friday. It's hell playing a brand new bass with 3 fingers! Can't wait to feel better but I'm afraid the tip of my finger's gonna be sensitive for a while.