First things first: this is my first post here, and I was unsure if this should actually go in the Hardware forum, but here goes.
So, I have been playing bass for a little over two years now. During that time, I've also been attempting to teach myself guitar, but without a whole lot of success. I've been looking for a 'bridging' instrument for a while, and nearly fell out of my chair when I first came across the Fender Bass VI.
For me, this would be a great instrument: the thicker strings would let me play it fairly well, and the smaller space between the strings than most basses (especially a four-string!) would help me in becoming more mechanically
proficient with guitar. I would buy this in a heartbeat, but there are two problems:
1) It's expensive.
2) It's electric and solid-bodied. This is really a minor thing, but I have also been smithing for an acoustic bass for almost as long as I've been playing.
My first idea was to get a 'normal' six-string bass and restring it/retune it like a guitar (EADGBe). But then I happened on these: http://www.daddario.com/DADProductDe...9&ProductId=54
Even better, a user review on Amazon stated that, since these strings have guitar-sized ball ends (a characteristic that seems to be almost completely unique to the Bass VI), they were able to convert an electric guitar to an ersatz bass.
Now, on to my idea (finally). My uncle just gave me a rather nice Seagull acoustic guitar, and I had the idea of restringing it with the Bass VI strings--thereby giving me an acoustic "contrabass guitar". This would also largely alleviate the problem of volume, as most of the strings are of a slightly lighter gauge than standard bass strings.
I have two questions that I'm hoping someone here can answer.
A) Will the string tension be so high as to damage the neck?
B) Will the strings be too long for a standard length acoustic guitar? I am especially concerned about this, as the aforementioned Amazon user did their thing with a long-scale electric guitar.
Any feedback from someone else who has tried this (or someone with a lot of technical experience) is greatly appreciated!