When I was a teenager a family friend gave me his old Gibson EB-3L as a gift, telling me to never sell it. Problem was, I had to put in quite a lot of work/money into it to get it to work properly. I finally hit a roadblock I couldn't seem to solve and around 800 dollars later I still don't really use it. It's out of state at my parents house, but I am getting it back and I hope someone here can solve the last piece of the puzzle. Things I had done: 1. The neck was very badly bowed so I had it heat pressed. 2. The pickups sounded puny and horrible, so I got Lindy Fralin to rewind them. 3. The frets were crap so I got it refretted. 4. It was a transitional year where Gibson experiemented with 0% neck pitch, and I thought it might be causing the problem that I will describe, so I got the neck reset. After all this the problem still exists. The problem is that the E string seems to have less volume. Most especially from the 4th fret down to the open E. After all this the luthier said that it must be a dead spot in the wood and there is nothing that can be done further. What the hell?! What can I do about this? It's a cool sounding bass otherwise, and aesthetically is in beautiful shape. And, as I mentioned, I can't sell it. I would love to use it, but the low end just loses out. Anyone have this problem before???? How can this be solved?