I have a Squire Active Deluxe V Jazz bass & am presently trying to convert it to a 6 string. I already purchased a Kahler 7146 tremolo bridge for it (I want to get that Stanley Clarke bad ass vibrato.) The neck is unusually wide (2.008" @ the nut, ideal 15mm spacing after 5 to 6 conversion.) The problem is there is limited space on the headstock, and I will have to replace the stock Squire Standard Open tuners with smaller GB7 Gotohs, and there are no spacer/ bushings available to gill in those holes. I have seen the project successfully done on this website & it is supposed to be easy! Pretty labor intensive to make six 17mm dowels to plug up those holes. Maybe stock hardware 11/16" dowels with gorilla glue? I've been advised against this & I don't know why. Gorilla Glue adhering to dampened wood's damn strong! Suggestions? Also the pickup/Active eq combo give me a very satisfactory Marcus Miller growl (using DR Fatbeam strings.) The J pickups are standard ceramic bars, but apparently the interface between pickups, electronics, & strings gimme what I want. Except it could be beefier sounding, the low b is particularly weak. In lieu of getting new pickups, I will first try using an MXR M108 EQ pedal to deepen & fatten out the MM slap sound, without compromising the mid & hi overtones that define the growl. If possible, for accompanying on folk/pop/rock gigs, using the EQ unit, I might be able to achieve a less funky/ more generic sound using the same Squire bass & DR strings. I have noticed that the combo of single coil pickups & round core (even bright hex core) strings results in a bright, prominent "chiff" when rapidly attacked--particular in the lower register. I have noticed Marcus Miller does turn down his treble & volume when in the accompaniment mode, and does get a decent generic sound free of a distracting chiff attack. (By the way "chiff'or "chif" is a legitimate musical adjective describing the attack made by the initial striking sound of bow horsehairs on a violin string, and/or the attack of a Baroque organ--not a 19th century organ) It also applies to the bright slap bass attack on the lower notes, I wish basstalks' spell checker (or my own androids') would stop changing it to Schiff or chief & give me the correct spelling-- two f's or one! For a generic pop/folk sound, nothing beats the punchy foundation that traditional hex core strings & a split coil P bass combo can provide. It is a compromise & I hope the MXR EQ will adequately bridge that gap. Also I am a bit concerned about the position of the pole pieces on the ceramic single coils once the position & spacing of the strings change (19mm to 15mm). People on this website who have already made the 5 to 6 string conversion report no I'll effect. I do have the option of taking my Carvin J99a's off my Ibanez SR406, & putting them on my Squire. Then I can put the factory DX6s back on the Ibanez & sell that piece o' crap! Never liked the 406 cuz of the incredibly dull lifeless nonbypassable active EQ, & the neck/string spacing is too wide. Any insight or suggestions that can save me time & labor?