I'm requesting any pro luthiers here to please help me to understand how I've seemingly achieved the impossible... (edited correction/left out in initial post as you will see below): On a 30" scale Bronco Bass. I am on the verge of hiring a well known professional luthier to build me a 30" short scale six string bass guitar. BUT, now I am COMPLETELY perplexed!? Yes...that's right...a short scale six stringer with a low B string. We've all heard every bassist we've ever spoken with, physics knowledgable/technicians and posters on fourms, say that it's impossible to get a focused/ fundamental pitch from a low B string on a 30" short scale bass. YET...I simply clamped a guitar capo on the peghead side of the nut on an E string detuned to B and the added tension (acting as a "string tree" gives me a correctly pitched low B on the open string (beautiful/sweet, even) and every pitch up the neck was on pitch as well and spoke just fine. Now this is on a hundred dollar bass "toy" ! I played through an SWR Workingman's 10 the first time and a Triad cab. The low B string's fretted notes sounded pretty darn killer. (I also detuned the other strings, including a high C. This is a frankenbass 5 string bass.) Played a bit of a Jaco transcription... So... here I am...like the guy who has seemingly seen that the emperor had no clothes...thinking "I must be mistaken somewhere" but imperical evidence sure seems to indicate that a 30" scale six string bass strung BEADGC could work easily simply by using string trees, angling the headstock more, etc. Anything that'll give a greater witness point bend to the string. I'd like to go ahead with ordering mine built (high end) but I'd really like to hear what you all think, as valued imput/feedback. Could it really be this simple? A capo/string tree?