Over the years as I went through various basses, I had a few that had totally nothing happening with the E string. These were not cheap basses either, I had an early USA Lakland, a USA Spector/SSD, and a USA Hamer Cruise. Man that Lakland and that Spector really broke my heart because they were such fine basses otherwise. Something funny just this second occured to me as I'm typing this...after typing 'USA' for all those basses I realized that I only had this problem with USA basses! My Japanese ESP J-Four and my Korean G&L Tribute have the BEST E string sounds I've ever had! Anyway, has anyone else encounted this? An otherwise fine bass with a wimpy E string sound? I tried every string brand and type made, and changed pickups on all those basses. Even acoustically they were just dead. I had the Spector and the Lakland about 10 years ago and it still bugs me thinking that I could have done something to fix it instead of just getting rid of them. I really miss the feel of those 2 basses, just not the dead E.