I have always defended Fender Vs, and I have had good B strings on every one I have ever owned. This evening, I played one at my local GC that totally dead and lifeless. I thought it was out of tune, but when I checked, it not. The B was floppy and sounded lifeless. The strings were old, but the B was exceptionally bad. I could really see how a B like that could turn some one off badly when it's on a $1,600 bass. For comparison, I have never, ever heard a B that sounded that B on a Stingray 5, a another mass produced bass in the same price range. I really think that 8 or 9 out of ten Fenders has a good B, but it only takes a few to wreck a reputation .