Well, if there isn't a book with that title, there dam* well should be. I did it. I defretted and generally overhauled my Westfield Pro....all by myself. (Who's a clever girl, then?) I was in a quandry over whether or not to buy a new fretless (I was given the gift of bass buying for my soon-to-be birthday) but I solved that problem by doing the biz on the Westfield and buying a dream of a fretted (see post entitled "Stingrays for the Poor!"). But I digress... A bit of background first. I bought this new on e-bay for not a lot of dosh and it's a luverly sounding P/J. Okay, it needed a bit of truss rod and saddle adjusting - but this was straight-from-the-factory fresh - even had the strings wrapped in wax paper! I'm glad I learned how to set up a bass....I is not a rich wench and certainly couldn't afford the services of a pro. Back to bassics... the Westfield came with EMG "AXL's" fitted as standard and a stunning aquamarine metallic finish (which doesn't come out at all well in this pic, thanks to my crappy camera, but you get the idea). The neck was like treacle however (covered in glossy gloop), but a few minutes with some steel wool, 600 grit sandpaper, lemon oil and beeswax and it's now the consistency of highly polished glass. With small hands and short fingers, you need all the speed you can get! First of all, off came the truly disgusting red tortoiseshell pickguard (can you imagine red tortoiseshell with metallic blue?! Don't try....trust me.) and on went a nice new white pearl replacement I picked up for £20 at Brandoni's. I love the retro look of this colour with the pearl pickguard. So far so good - as for the defretting - it was a dawdle! I was so concerned about it, I gathered every scrap of information online that I could - and in the end it was all done in an hour and a half. I got the frets out with one of those little kitchen knives, using the edge of the blade nearest the handle. No problem....clean as a whistle. The fret-gaps I filled with "antique pine" coloured wood filler which shows up nice against the rosewood - but not so bright as maple. When it was dry, I sanded it all down with 240 grit, 400 grit, 600 grit then lemon oiled it clean and polished it with beeswax. It plays like a dream and sounds wonderful without the frets! I've discovered that I LOVE fretless and my intonation ain't half bad - I've only hit a few bum notes in the few days I've been playing it. Anyway, here's the finished product. Not bad for a beginning-bassist-gothwench, eh?