I know, I know...wierd question. The viola da gamba is a completely different instrument from the bass guitar. One is plucked - the other is bowed. One plays current music - the other plays early music. One is a guitar, the other is a Viol. But I see a connection between the instruments. Viola da Gambas were fretted and tuned similarly to the modern guitar. And they were also played in small consorts, with other viols - like guitars today, accompanying voices or other instruments. They also had 5, 6 or even 7 strings...sound familiar? Viol - Wikipedia And then I discovered players like Jordi Savall and Paolo Pandolfo and I was just amazed. But alas, perhaps the viola da gamba wasn't meant for me. I play the electric bass guitar, keys, and synthesizer, and while these are fine instruments for contemporary music, they don't quite sing or have the intimate feel of the viola da gamba. Good quality viols are rather expensive, and good luck finding someone to teach you the instrument. So the main questions are, as a lover of early music, but as someone who does not have the time and money to devote to learning and playing a completely new instrument, even one as beautiful sounding as bass viols - How would you go about playing this music on the electric bass guitar? And what instrument would be suitable for capturing the nuances that this music requires?