Although my Tenor bass hasn't arrived yet, I'm very mildly chagrined by the fact it's only got four strings. It then dawned on me, What if I could have a six string short scale bass custom made? (well, either that or getting a Fender Bass VI or a Stingray Silouette. The thing is, I want the thing to go lower than E). If I do get a bass like that custom made, I'd like to play chords and melody simultaneously. The problem would be how to get the low notes sounding true on a short-scale (~30")instrument. A Novak fretboard would surely help, but I'm wondering how it would affect playability and if it would be a compromise worth making. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Will C.