I've been enjoying my Aerodyne Jazz for about a month now. One of the things that struck me as attractive is the clean rosewood fretboard wtihout fret markers. I was also noodling around on a fretless bass at the music store the other day that had dot markers.... And then it hit me... Why are they there? When I play bass, guitar, etc... I can't see the fret markers. So what purpose do they serve me? Sidemarkers not withstanding... Their purpose is obvious. I have a banjo that has beutiful decortive abalone markers. Some of them are attractive in that sense. Some of them are signature to the brand (Rickenbacker). I know I think too hard about things some times, and this is probably one of them... But I've now come to hate dot markers... I like the bars, rick triangles, and any kind of fancy decorative markers, or of course, nothing at all.