Hey everyone, this is my first post so I hope I don't step out of line anywhere. Feel free to correct me. In short, I just today received a fretless Fender jazz bass (standard issue) that I had ordered from www.musiciansfriend.com, having read their return policy and feeling confident that I could get my money back if I needed to. That said, I'm quite pleased with it for the most part. Unplugged it sounds great, even with the flatwounds that everyone cautioned me would be extremely dull. I'll give them that on the electronic play, but the instrument itself sounds great. So there's one issue--the electronics. But that's fairly common from what I understand. I'll check and make sure, but I'm going to assume for now that this bass was assembled in Mexico, and I have heard not so good things about the jazz pickups from that region. Anyways. I digress. The REAL issue I have (since I can just upgrade those pickups... by the way ANY suggestions on what to upgrade the pickups to is welcome) is that on the high string, a.k.a. G, there is about a 2 whole note range of sort of deadness--a complete lack of sustain. It occurs from C to Eb, but is most noticeable at Db and D. Or frets 5 through 8. Basically the note just dies after maybe a half-second or a second. It's very sad. How might I go about fixing this problem? Or is it intrinsic to my particular guitar, or to this model? Should I return it? I'd LOVE to just fix 'er up, but I know very little from a technician's perspective. I'm not even all that great at sighting the neck--I second guess myself a lot--and adjusting the bridge. One suggestion I got was to intonate the guitar by increasing/decreasing string length, but I don't really see how that's going to help. Any ideas here??? Thanks everyone.