I have stumbled on these questions by guitarists numerous times now. Especially coming from the young(as in, my age) thinstringers, it's very common: [conversation one] Geetarist: You play something? Me: Yep, I play bass. Geetarist: Um, so do you play with fingers or with a pick? Why is this, is playing with fingers somehow a mark of a good bassist? (Not on my case anyways! ) Are pick-wielders just considered failed geetarists? Or are they just looking for something in common? [conversation two] Geetarist: Is that.. is that a fretless bass?! Me: Yep, it is. Geetarist: Cool! Um, so is it easier to play than fretted? Now this is just what I don't get. Why would a fretless bass be more easier to play than standard one? Violins aren't fretted, and are they easy to play? Has anyone noticed anything similar coming from other musicians in your neck of woods?