Hi everybody. One of my students, a very talented young guy, has played a crappy Yamaha P-bass (not bashing Yamahas. i know they're great, but this one isn't) for a long time and now he's ready for an upgrade. He's very interested about playing jazz and wants a fretless, but there are two problems: First is that he's been kinda obsessed with a lined/triangle inlays Rickenbacker 4003FL. He asked for info about that instrument to the company and they told him that something like that is a "custom order", which will take one and a half year to deliver. My student doesn't want to wait so long. As he told me: "I'd really love to have a Ric, but it isn't my dream instrument either", so he asked me for a recommendation and here's where the second problem appears: The first name I told him was (obviously) Ernie Ball MusicMan. Not interested (just because of the looks. Not a good enough reason to me but to each his own). Then Carvin. Not interested. Then Fender. Not interested. So what else can I recommend him? His budget is US$1300 and he doesn't want an used instrument. Of course there must be lots of good options for a 4-string fretless, but I can't think of any others, so that's why I'm asking for your help. Thank you in advance for your input. Oh, and BTW, the root of the problem is that his "dream bass" is either a Fodera Monarch or an Alembic. I don't blame him. I passed through that too.