I have a set of Bartolini pickups and Bart preamp for a bass project that has just about lost my interest. I'm thinking I'd like to get a fretless fiver like an SX or Brice and convert to use the electronics I have. I don't care much for their body styles offered other than the jazz, but I'd have to modify that a bit to use my soapbar pickups. Filling holes and rerouting and repainting wouldn't be out of the question. Something bright sounding with a good B string to work with the mellow sounding Barts, but I have no idea which bass will work best for my combo. Funny thing about the B strings too. I don't see how any particular string of the same length tuned to the same pitch could be good or bad on one bass or another, but it seems somehow they can since I tried a Pedulla Rapture 5 tonight that blew my mind after having owned a couple Ibanez 5's. So, uh... how are the B strings on the SX or Brice basses? Are they consistent from one bass to the next of the same model? I'd prefer not to defret whatever I end up getting, but if my dream bass only comes fretted I could handle the job. Any suggestions on what bass to get for this project?