and brought me a new bass! The back story: My wife wanted to take me on a romantic weekend to a spa (so she could get a massage, etc.). I wanted to get a chance to get away from my daughter (I'm a stay-at-home dad with an autistic child) for a little while and play bass, so I thought it was a great idea -- I'd bring a bass and jam in the hotel room through some headphones while she went to the spa. She said she also wanted to do some shopping, so I told her that in return, I wanted to hit a music store "just to play some basses." As I have already bought a Lakland this year, and she had bought me a Tacoma for Father's Day, I was IN NO WAY planning on buying anything -- just getting a chance to play the field, so to speak. When we got in the store, I saw a Godin A4 semi-acoustic fretless, and as I've wanted to some day get a fretless, I asked to play it. It was used, though gently, and for the first time, I really found a fretless I could play. My previous experiences with fretless basses had not been good, but I found the Godin extremely easy to play, and it had a great tone. My wife saw me having a great time playing it and GAS-ing for the bass, and asked if I wanted it for Xmas. She said she was planning on getting me an XBox 360, but if I would rather have the bass, she'd get it for me instead. Since it was used, and could be sold at any time, she wanted to get it right then and there, and quickly decided she was going to get it for me. So Santa came early, and I'm the proud owner of a Godin A4 fretless. It's comfy (though I like the feel of the Satin-finished neck on the Lakland a little better than the glossy feel of the Godin), and easy to play. The tone is very nice, both unplugged and plugged in. The only flaw is a slight buzz between where the 1st and 2nd frets would be on the G string (midway between an A flat and an A) which is caused by a slight worn groove in the fretboard. From what I can tell, the only way it can be fixed is to have a pro sand down the entire fretboard slightly, and since it is hardly noticeable (I didn't even discover it until I'd played it for a few days), I'm inclined not to mess with it. If I play either an A flat or an A, it can't be heard -- it can only be heard in sliding between the notes, and I've do most of my playing farther up the neck. Other than that, the ebony fretboard is in great shape, and I'm getting a nice tone out of it. String suggestions would be appreciated; I'm thinking of possibly trying some La Bella tapewounds or TI flats. Now my wife thinks I have all the basses I need. I think I'll wait six months or so before I let her know that she's wrong about that. Sorry the pic is so small. I still haven't figured out how people post larger pictures in their posts.