Just read another post about an Fender MIM Jazz with a dead E string. Both guys seem to have run the gambit for resolving the issue without success. Dead spots, brite spots are nothing new but I really don't remember hearing about an entire string being an issue before. I don't build basses but I figure people who do probably know if neck construction can produce such an anomaly (or what the source is). Did a preliminary search and didn't see it addressed so apparently it's not a question that's been beat into the ground - or even answered from what I gathered.