I played guitar for years in various bands until about a year ago when my last band fizzled out right after a gig. I was pretty happy about it because for the previous couple of years guitar was just work and not fun for me, and I was considering just quitting and trying a different instrument. Well, a year later and I haven't picked up my guitar much (I was waiting to see if I'd get that 'itch' again, but I just haven't), but I have still had the itch to try another instrument, particular fretless bass. Unfortunately I just couldn't find a fretless on the used market locally the last few weeks, so I bit the bullet and purchased a fretted one: A Fernandes J-Bass copy. It's made in Japan and is in mint condition. I paid $270 for it, with a gig bag. It plays really well (although I'm certainly no judge of that since it's my first day playing bass), although I'm having a tough time with string buzz. I *think* that is due to my weak hands and not the setup/action, but I'm not sure. Although my goal is to eventually pickup a used fretless J bass, for now I'll work on this one and see where it takes me. Has anyone ever played one of these Fernandes J basses? I'd never seen one before today. I probably paid too much but I figured if it was a good player then it would be worth it. So far I'm happy with it.