I think I'm going to turn my Explorer into an 8 string. I've tried to sell it and its not purty enough to convince anybody to give me money for it and damn Gibson felt the need to reintroduce the Epiphone Explorer bass so.... At the nut the neck is 1 11/16" which is the same as what Ric uses on their 8 strings. I've got a Fender type bridge on it and what I'm planning on doing there is to reshape the saddles to accept 2 strings, drill the bridge and body and convert the primary strings to a through body anchor and use the existing anchor holes for the secondary strings. The headstock is going to wind up ugly but I think I've got room for four guitar tuners up there, I'll just come up with something. Maybe run half the strings backwards, BC Rich style. To people who already have 8 string basses, not you JT, do you prefer the little strings to be on top or bottom? Why? I tend to play with a pick BTW. Anyway, anybody got any thoughts on this process?