Picked up a honeybursted G&L MJ-4. Very nice bass. Good tone but seemed kind of subdued. I've owned the following Jazz basses: a 2013 Fender Select, 2013 USA Deluxe, and a 2014 66 CS as well as a nice USA std with a warmoth neck. Was down to a P bass and missed the Jazz fun. Was hoping the MJ-4 leaped ahead of all of those I'd experienced before. Felt that there was good reason to think it might. Simple controls with high mid low (boost and cut) and volume and pan controls. G&L advancements. Tried Chromes. Ok. Tried TI flats. Better. Found a dead note on G string (C). Never noticed one before. Pulled bass apart, noticed that there were two decals on the neck in the pocket. So between a 1/4 sawn Maple neck and a fine Ash body, probably over tight from factory, I've got two paper stickers (gaskets) sitting there. There was good info on them. So I left them there and tightened the neck and bridge screws back to just snug after placing a bit of wax on them. The dead spot seemed to have improved significantly, but the bass still seemed a bit restrained. Someone said that the decals don't do anything. I thought it over For a few days, concluding that stickers do not belong between the neck and body joint on a musical instrument. So, today, a few weeks later, pulled the neck off and carefully photographed the decals / grain for future historical reference and pulled those decals off. Reassembled. Well, maybe it's just my imagination, but it really has come alive. The notes resonate more. Playing through a GK 700rb and GK neo 115. Even while tuning it up on the bench before plugging in, it seemed to resonate more. Thoughts?