So I've been trying to find as much information on piccolo basses these last few days and I'm interested in getting an inexpensive one, but I have a few questions that need answering first. I've noticed that many people talking about piccolo basses prefer a short scale bass, and some people seem to think this is almost mandatory. My understanding is that the reason for this is because piccolo strings on a full 34" scale bass are rather tightly strung. The thing is, I don't really know much about strings, and how length affects tuning, etc. Assuming that piccolo strings on a short scale bass make for easier/nicer playing, I've been thinking of getting the Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro short-scale bass and turning it into a piccolo bass. It's within my price range, has access to all it's frets, and I like the look. It's scale is 28.6". Would this make a good piccolo bass or are there better options? I figure I might need to get a new nut installed, and that's fine. I was looking at the Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS, but it has fewer frets and they aren't all accessible. The pickups on the Mikro have the same style of split coil/single coil pickups as the Squier. Lastly, what sort of strings would work well on a short scaled piccolo? I saw someone mention that they use the thicker four guitar strings in a pack but I'm not sure if there are better options.