I was having problems with my Stingray 5, and I brought it into Chuck Levin's. (Largest independent guitar/bass dealer in the country) They found nothing wrong with it, and suggested Steel strings. I brought my amp in also. The guy I bought the bass originally from worked with my and suggested things, mainly the strings. I directly compared my bass to a Fender Jazz deluxe, and the Fender quite obviously had a better sound This wasn't a preference thing, it obviously sounded considerably better. The neck on the other hand felt a little sticky, and it was wide and not all that thick height wise (not to my liking). While the musicman has a 'faster' neck that felt smoother, I could play faster on the jazz without it making nasty sounds. As of now, They agreed to put on stainless strings and do a setup for the price of the strings to see if it would fix the problem. I'm just not sure what to do.