last month i bought a new MIA fender jazz bass. it's beautiful and sounded almost perfect. after a got it, set it up, and put new strings on it i noticed that the e-string sounded a lil dead and there was, what sounded like, a huge dead spot on the 5th fret. all the other strings had a lot of pop but i could hear a difference on half the frets on the e string (not a big one...just one the player would notice). i thought i had the world's biggest dead spot covering my whole e-string. i messed around with the set up which did not help. this was always in the back of my mind effecting my well-being. last night i thought maybe i got a bad string (i've never had one before but heard about em). sure enough i put on a new e string and it sounds great. my fender sounds great all the way around now. i can't believe it took me a &*%#@ing month to figure this out!