Yo folks, I'm an 'old time' Talkbasser: So, i went on a Jazz Guitar thing for awhile, and did a dummy. I sold my perfectly good Fender Fretless 4 Jazz bass and bought a nice Jazzbox Guitar for tooling around on. Well... Several years have gone by since then... (I had joined Talkbass in '03) and I've just realized I sold my soul. I'd been playing bass since I was 15. Auugh! I'm such a fool! What was I doing? Maybe we've all done something like that. Anyhow, so I've been out of the loop for awhile, and its time to get another bass. Here's what I want. Perhaps you guys can point out some options for me. My first kid is on the way this year, so I'm kicked out of my 'man room' and being moved to the basement. I still have my 1978 Acoustic 136 100W Solid State amp (its an asskickin' amp!), and I want a bass that is Fretless, with dot markers on the side at least (lined is ok too) More WOODY sounding than my ol' Fender Jazz bass. The more wood, the better! 5 string Zero Feedback or 60 Cycle Hum for higher volume (when mom and the baby's away!) About $500, unless necessary Musical Style: Jazz, "Jam Band" Questions: The Michael Kelly acoustics seem interesting, but I wonder about high volume and potential feedback issues. This situation won't happen often, but it happens ALOT with my jazzbox... the nature of hollowbodies I suppose. Dean 5's seem interesting, but how woody do they sound? For basses like the G&L Tributes and the Deans, do you need to roll tone all the way down to get a woody sound? Are Active pickups 'thinner' sounding than single coil/soapbars?