Turning a 4 string design into a 5 string
I'm now in the process of starting my next build, and I found that I really like my first design (4 string bass), only now I want to build a 5 string.
I'm making my drawing using the templates for the 4 string as a starting point, and drawing the dimensions of a 5 string neck.
I started with the original body, drew the 5 string neck, then added the headstock. Now, the headstock obviously needed to by modified since the nut is wider. For now, I just made the original headstock, but bigger.
Now, at least in the drawing, the original body doesn't look that bad, meaning it doesn't look small. I'm trying to figure if there's any reason it should be bigger or if I'll just leave it as is. The scale will be the same, so the bass will obviously look a bit chubbier due to the wider neck.
If I added a sixth string and kept the body's original size, access to upper frets might be threatened, not really sure to what extent though.
So my question, how do you go around modifying a design that you think originally works, to a significant change as the number of strings? any thoughts?
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