So I went to a local GC (I know, I should know better...) on my lunch break the other day, and lo and behold, there, hanging on the wall, was a NEW Fender Aerodyne. My fave model with the jack on the front (is that a "Strat jack"?). I'd never played one, but have always gassed for one, so I retrieved it from its perch and plugged 'er in. One of the things I do, after attempting to tune it, when trying out a new-to-me bass, is to go through the strings one by one, fret by fret, listening to each note to see how it rings. For some reason, I had hoped that the dreaded 5th fret G string deadness wouldn't be there. Alas, it was. The A on the D string was pretty dull as well. I continued to put it through its paces, and frankly, it was OK. I have no idea what the strings were, probably whatever Fender puts on them before shipping. It won't budge $800+ from my bank account, though. Nice ax, I think I'll hang for a used one. Bummer. JOOC, would other/different strings help the dead notes? Anyone have experience with this on their Aerodynes? I really wanted to like it.... Darn GAS.