This is an update on an earlier thread on my new fender amdelux J V. It developed a nasty hum after 6 weeks of use. Took the bass to my local repair shop. The tech showed me how Fender now grounds everything to an eyelet and then it is seated between the pot and plate. It looked pretty low qual. He removed it and soldered the ground wires. Problem solved. I am now on the expensive quest for a string I like. The OEM's weren't that bad. The tech suggested some Ken Smith's which I didn't like. Got some Boomers on now, not too bad but not The Ones. I just got some DR Lo-riders that are going on next.