Hello, I would like to dip my toe into the world of fretless bass, but don’t want to spend too much money, in case it ends up not being for me. My assumption is that it should be possible to get very decent quality fretless instrument for $400 or under. Is this crazy unrealistic? My math comes from the fact that you can get a decent playing/sounding fretted bass for that price, so it seems logical that a fretless of the same make and model should cost less, as it takes less work and materials to produce than a fretted. Not sure if that’s actually true. Or if there are other mitigating factors that drive the price up, such as less economy of scale. Anyway! What recommendations have you got? What’s that little $300 ibanez, or $400 squier or whatever that you love? Or that $600 bass that punches way above its weight, that I should save up for? My goals: • Learn fretless technique • Obtain a fretless bass that is fun and inspiring to play • Doesn't have to be a “gig quality” instrument • I probably will just play classic rock on it, and do some recording • Open to used! My preferences: • No particular pickup preferences • Not super picky about neck shape, but prefer thinner “ibanezy” necks • Balances well, not super heavy (8lbs or under would be ideal) Options that are off the table for me: • convert a fretted to fretless • build my own • buy a fretless neck for an existing bass What about wishbass? Worth it? Thank you!