I have previously owned three other brand fretless basses in the same price range. The ESP LTD B-205SMFL is by far the best one I have owned. With the 3 band EQ and pickup Balance control, you can get an enormous range in tone. You can adjust the EQ to sound low and full to bright and snappy. It even can do a passable upright like sound. The neck is a little wider than I like but it is a 5 string and has to be wider for the extra string. The full width fret markings would be a big bonus to a first time fretless player (contrary to what you see on the internet, place your fingers ON the fret marker, not behind it as your finger IS the fret.) The only complaint I have is the one I received had round wound strings and I feel a fretless should have flatwound strings to reduce neck wear, but that is an easy change. Buy one and play it. You will most likely enjoy it.