The reason I put “new” in quotes is I’m 100% sure this idea is only new to me and that somebody, somewhere—probably many somebodys, maybe some of you even—has already done this. But I don’t care, I don’t sell guitars, I just make them for myself and friends as a goof. So… I’m a guitar player first, bass player second. Sometimes I’ll put a capo on my 5-string bass and it becomes a guitar except an octave lower, missing the high E string. It sounds okay and is a blast for a guitar player pretending to be a bass player to play. The tight spacing of the frets, it’s like a little hot-rod. Very fun. So my “new” idea is to create a 34” scale 6-string bass but “chopped” off at the fifth fret making it an “octave-lower” guitar. Now I know what you’re about to say: What about the Fender Bass VI? (I think Ibanez has something like that too.). But I think maybe this idea is a little different? Bass VI is 30” scale and uses special strings. My idea would essentially be a 25.5” scale ax—like a Strat or Tele. (A 34” scale starting at the 5th fret is 25.5” to the bridge.) Thing is, even though I’ve effectively done this on my 5-string already, some part of my brain is thinking it won’t work or won’t sound good or some other problem I haven’t foreseen and I’m not even sure why I’m haunted by that. So that’s the background, here are some questions for you builders out there: 1) Am I going to spend weeks on this and end up with an ax that sounds like crap? 2) The design is headless so I can use any strings I want, so, a physics question: if I used long scale strings, when tuned to E B G D A E, would the strings be under the same tension as a 34” scale tuned to B G D A E B? Greater? Less (like a 30” scale)? 3) Any general thoughts? Thanks in advance, appreciate your input.