I'm thinking the E string died due having it through the body, not from the back of the bridge. Is this possible, or common? Here's the story: Went to practice last night and noticed the E string on my Vanquish bass (5-string) had very low output compared to the higher strings. It was not like this at last week's practice, or my individual practices this past weekend and earlier in the week either. The blend knob was all the way to the bridge pickup at first. Changed to 50-50 blend, and it improved but not where it should be. Then tried it with the neck pickup only, and found it was passable. Stayed there for the rest of practice. Forward to just now. I was thinking I had a bridge pickup issue and was wondering what experience I would have with Kiesel's warranty for the first time. Before calling them, I decided to test some other strings. First, Elixir nickel nano web which was fine, volume-wise, for neck, bridge, and blended as it should be. Second, same for GHS Boomers. Third, for D'Addario XLs. So it's definitely the string, and it was fine all this time until this week. In searching here, some have said that string thru can cause string issues due to the high deflection from the saddle to the back of the body. Perhaps what I experienced plus Dunlop Super Brights might also be more susceptible which seems counterintuitive. I expect that low tension strings would be less susceptible. BTW, the unexpected string taste testing had the result of in order of most favorite: 1- Elixirs - the best all around for tone and tension. I liked the slight muted highs compared to the Dunlop and the rest below. Plus, the string noise was much less than the Dunlops, and somewhat for the others. 2- XLs - Better tension than the Boomers, not as good as the Elixirs. 3- Boomers - too high tension, noticeable with the D string when finger across the strings. Highs are nearly up there with the Dunlops. I should mention that my tension test was only done by feel, so not that scientific. The Boomers are on there right now, but I will change back to the Elixirs for practice until I figure this out and order more strings.