Against my better judgment, I picked up a Fender MIM Jazz 5 string in a music shop today. The biggest suprise was that, unplugged, I could not hear the Low B string, even with my ear within 2 inches of it. I could see it moving but no sound, no matter how hard I plucked the string. By the way my hearing is in the "better than mormal range". I have noticed this on most other 5 strings but it was most pronounced on this axe. More commonly, the notes on the low B of all 5 strings are sometimes indistinguishable in pitch. I believe this is because much of the sound of the low B string is below what is audible or at least distinguishable in human hearing. My guess is that had I plugged it in I would have heard something but not the full spectrum of sound for any given note. Anyone have a better explination?