I own a bunch of basses, and over the years I've owned a bunch more. Currently I own eight American Fenders, two Rickenbackers and a Stingray, none of them have a dead spot. I've yet to own a bass that had one. Today I was at a music store and chanced upon a 1968 Hofner Beatle Bass. I've always wanted one, yet I've never found one that really spoke to me. So I carried it over to a Rumble 200 and plugged it in. It was in good condition, it felt comfortable, the action was perfect and it sounded really good. In my mind I was figuring out how to afford this bass. And then I happened upon the fifth fret of the G string. It was like someone turned the volume completely off, it was the weirdest thing. A couple of other spots on the fret board were a little off, but the C on the G string was just ridiculous. I liked the bass a lot, but that was a deal breaker for me. I will keep on looking for one, and now I've identified that I like the late 60s models. But I won't buy one without playing it after this .