Guitar has always been my main focus, but I play bass just as well, and just as often. I'm not generally a big fan of 8 or 9 string guitars for my own use. I love the super low range they offer though. Especially when you can bring one down into octave 0 and the lower end of octave 1, like a 5 string bass. But because of the way 8 and 9 strings are constructed, they sound more like guitars than basses even when tuned to the same pitch. So I got this somewhat crazy idea earlier today to modify a 34" scale 5 string bass so that it produces a more guitar-like tone while still maintaining the B-E-A-D-G tuning, or just a step higher at C-F-A#-D#-G#. To do this, I think you would have to get a bass with a bridge humbucker, and ideally one that is very close to the bridge, like on a guitar. Since the standard EMG size bass soapbars are 4 inches wide you could put any of EMGs 8 string pickups in the same spot to even more closely approximate that tone. (I've heard the original 7 string EMGs were in fact just bass humbuckers) And I figure that some lighter strings, something like a .025 to .100 set would be the final ingredient. All of this should result in a more harmonic-heavy, brighter tone that will not sound as growly as a bass when used with high gain. I assume it won't be a perfect analog of an eight string guitar's tone, but it should get close. May have some interesting sounds of its own in it. Looking into some basses, I think the ESP and LTD lines might be good candidates for a mod like this. The pickup does sit a little closer to the bridge than like, Ibanez or some other brand. Anyway just thought I'd share that. Soon as I can scrape together some dough I'm going to get a five string and try to set it up like that and see what it does. Anybody ever try something like this? How do you think it would work?