Here's my story. I bought a 5 string, hated it, defretted it, repainted it, destroyed the pickups, ripped them out, then took all the paint off of it. Now I have a fretless bass without pickups. It's never had the mmmmwwaaahhh that I dream of in a fretless, I thought I was playing wrong or something. Today I walked into a music store and saw a P bass. I'd never played one. So I picked it up and started playing. I didn't even look at the fretboard to notice it's fretlessness. So I start playing and "WHA?!?!??" Fretless! And it sounded fantastic. I was unplugged and everything and the mwahh was mwahing like there was no mwahmorrow! I didn't plug it in out of fear that I would never leave/sell my soul for that bass. This makes me think, if I take this bass that needs new pickups to a pro, have them throw pickups in it, even the neck out a little more, set it up, etc. Do you think it will mwah as opposed to duhhhh like it has in the past?