I don't know whether my name seems familiar to anyone here, but I came on here around June (or July or August, I forget which one) asking about which bass to buy because I knew I wanted one. Well, this afternoon, I went to two different music stores (remember, I'm in Honolulu and a music store is somewhat tough to find), and after being totally ignored in the second store, I went back to the first one where I had to chose between a Cort 5-string, 24-fret bass for $269 or a Fender 4-string Jazz Bass for $350. The Cort was made in Indonesia and the Fender in Mexico, and after four hours of decision, I chose the Fender. I chose it because eventually, I want to trade up to a 5-string bass. So anyways, I wanted to thank everyone that gave me advice some months ago. I would have bought it sooner, but our Hawaiian economy isn't too reliable (it's almost wholly tourism based -- you don't have to be an econ major to see the fault there); you can be employed today and jobless tomorrow. Then, September 11 happened, and now I am finally employed with enough cash (and credit) to purchase this instrument. One thing though, after I got through playing a few songs on it (haven't quite bought an amp yet, so I'm playing it pretty ghetto -- literally by ear), I bothered to look at the inside tag on the head and I see that I have a Fender 4-string FRETLESS Jazz Bass. Before I get too comfy with this little puppy, does anyone think that a Fretless Jazz Bass is a bit much for a beginner (at $350 though, it is quite a deal... gig bag included)? I couldn't even tell that it was fretless because the neck still has the white fret markers printed on it. Stupid me, I suppose. Thanks!