I've got a US STD Precision and an American series Jazz and on both of them when new the outer two layers of the E string stop short of the bridge saddle. So effectively the part of the E string that passes over the bridge is much smaller than most of the length of the string. I've never seen or heard of this before. At first I thought the string was defective, but not on both basses. Can someone explain this? Also what strings are fitted to new Fenders. Are they Fender's own strings, and they appear to be nickel. Is this right?