I got a 5 string Cort Action V DLX a couple of months ago. Even though it's very well assembled for it's price and feels comfortable physically (the main reason I bought it), after a couple of rehearsals with my band I found it's sound hollow, lacking good attack and too soft, resembling rather an even growling. I have already lost any hope and even put it on sale on our local craigslist, but today I had another look at it and I noticed that the strings (from the vendor, I haven't replaced them) are made of very soft metal. They seem to be standard gauge, but the tension is very low - much lower than strings of comparable gauge on my 4 string axe. They move a lot even when I play with the slightest touch. So can it be that soft strings cause this poor sound? Can soft metal be the cause of the low tension? Can low tension cause bad attack and tasteless sound? The bass has an active onboard eq, can it be the cause?