I have been lurking on the edge of the bass/baritone guitar world and am about to make the leap. I actually ordered a short scale bass last week, but that didn't quite work out. MF had a blowout on the Daisy Rock Retro H bass (30 inch scale, 2 mini HB's, semi-hollow - for $100 shipped). I was planning on re-stringing it to ADGC (piccolo style). I have been playing mostly acoustic guitar recently and a lot of the forms and patterns I have been falling into have been on the lower 4 strings, so I figured I would stick with the patterns and add more body ooomph. Well today MF refunded my money. Order cancelled. Item no longer available. I guess it was too good a deal to be true. So I find myself in status interruptus, ready to play but no new toy to play with. Now I'm back to considerin' ... Should I go with a baritone guitar (and what scale 30 or 28) OR should I stick with my original idea and tweak a 4 string SS bass? And of course which instrument - Baritones - Hellcat VI, Eastwood Sidejack, OLP MM5, Washburn WI44, or Ibanez MMM-1. SS basses - SX SJB-75, Dean EVO XM, Gretsch Electromatic, etc. I'm not that impressed with the Broncos. You can see what my price rannge is. Any thoughts? What problems woudl I have shifting the strings on a 4 string SS bass - I was thinking of using the 4 inside strings from a Jerry Jones baritone set - 34-44-56-72. Thanks.