The fretted version of this topic has been beat to death and then some but I think that, specifically related to fretless, it can take a few more licks . I've owned three fretless basses; a Squier, a Schack, and a Clement. The Squier may as well have been fretted because the only difference between it and a fretted bass was the lack of fretbuzz. The Schack was a fantastic bass, easily distinguishable as a fretless bass by tone alone. Of course, I'm talking about the mwah-factor. The Schack had it. And now I have my Clement. I poke the thing and it WAILS (in the best way possible ). I don't really see how one person would get more out of a fretless bass than another person would. To me it seems far more up to the bass. I have a friend whose been playing bass about as long as I have but we have very different styles of playing. I remember way back when, handing him the Squier and he got pretty much the same not-so-fretless fretless bass tone that I did. About a week ago he comes over and I hand him the Clement. This is 4 years after the Squier and he's played very few fretless basses in-between. He pokes it and the thing wails, lol. Essentially, a fretless newbie picked it up and it still sounded great (not talking about the playing, just the tone). Is that kind of experience uncommon?