Hi all my name is Scott and I am a total noobie to DB. I have played an electric bass for years. I made the switch to fretless last year and that has devoloped into a desire to explore playing a DB. I have been lurking here for months reading all I can about what you all seem to refer as " The Dark Side " (love that phrase). I have read and reread all the noobie links about getting a DB. With that in mind I found a place locally called Hammond Ashley. Last week I went down there and inquired about renting a DB. They were very helpfull and answered all the questions I had. My list of questions I got from the noobie links. Even after telling them that I had never so much as touched a DB they still let me try (key word here try) and play one. After about ten or fifteen minutes I was totally gassing for one. They did not have one for rent at the time and explained that it might be a couple of weeks before one was available. I was fine with that figuring it would give me some time to find an instuctor. Well they called me on friday and I picked up a Strunel saturday morning. Which brings me to my question. After I got home with this Bass I noticed that the finger board is planed at a different angle for the E string. The finger board underneath the G D & A strings has a nice arc to it then when it gets to the E it for lack of the proper term it falls away. Is this a normal set up or is it this way because??? I am totally loving the tone from this bass but this finger board is kind of throwing me off. Is this just one more thing I need to get used to? I am thinking of calling the shop and asking about it but I don't want to come off like a total idiot with these people. They have been very nice about this whole deal and I dont want to annoy them. Thank you for your time.