I have just got a Musicman Stingray 5 Fretless. Ernie Ball tells me that the bass was born in 1994 as a fretted maple board but that someone has changed it to a fretless rosewood board. Previously I had a fretted maple board Stingray5 made in 1999 and I so disliked it I p/exed it for a Fender Roscoe Beck 5 which I've still got and still like. The contrast between the fretted and fretless instrument could not IMO be more dramatic - the fretless is a fantastic instrument. I've just been playing along with Paul Young using a Boss Chorus pedal and I felt like Pino! The sound from the bass is so good and just like his sound. Intonation seems to come so naturally and the one is lovelly - the bass really does sing. For all of you who have not tried a fretless or who have tried but been disappointed - try the Stingray 5.