I have a great sounding early 90's Carvin LB75 that plays great. I found a brand spanking new EBMM in my go-to shop and I had to take it home and check it out. I was amazed that they sounded to similar. Both are punchy, midrangey, and clear. Both are "CLACKY". Most of what I think is is caused by my heavy playing style and fret noise, way up on the neck. I can't see paying the tons of extra jack for the EB, when it sounds not that much better than my Carvin. Anyway... now on to my question. Has anyone ever heard of, or performed a partial fret removal? I'm thinking about grinding off the frets on the B and E from about the 18th fret up and maybe on the A from about the 20th up to try and reduce the fret noise. I've seen this done on mandolins where they actually scoop the neck way up there to make clearance for your pick. I'm figuring, I don't play the low strings way up there anyway. What do you think? I know it may devalue the bass a little, but these Carvins (for whatever reason) don't re-sell well anyway.