I defretted my Ibanez ASB140 Semihollow. No digital camera, but here's an example: Removed the face dots as well. Filled the slots and dot holes with a mix of rosewood dust and cyano, sanded flush, 180/320/400/600grit, deepened nut slots. Replaced stock strings with TI Jazz flats and placed a small block of foam under the strings just in front of the bridge. Will soon add a 5-ply black pickguard. I love the acoustic sound, but the stock pickup isn't all that, so I'm going to be replacing it. I need a pup that fits in an EMG35 rout. Let me clarify the bit about "acoustic sound:... this is not a full hollowbody, but there is a definite diffeence between this bass and a solidbody when I play unplugged in my room. It has a very uprightish quality with a bit of mwah -it's a sound that I can use for several types of music. That's the sound I want on most of my gigs. Setting aside for a moment the issue of amps and cabs, what pickup gives me the best chance at simply making the bass sound louder and nothing else?