It's a wonderful day because I paid off my new fretless bass! I mentioned it here before. It's a Yamaha RBX-260F. 4 strings, natural finish, one p-style pickup. It sounds so good, I can't believe it. A bass should sound good unplugged, right? Well, this one does. I'm playing it right this minute through a zoom pedal(my amp doesn't stay at home), and it sounds great through it, too. Something I always wondered was why you always saw fretless paired with 5 strings. It seems like every fretless is a 5 string. Well, now I understand why that is. Open strings don't have that awesome sound fretlesses are famous for. I don't have any inclination so far to play an open string, because it doesn't sound as good. There's something special about that fretless sound, though. I'm not even talking about the slides. One note, with no vibrato has such a unique sound. I'm amazed. This just reinforces my dream of having a 6 string fretless.