I’m looking for a 5 string short-scale bass (30” or less) with bridge and neck humbuckers to defret and turn into a fretless that is tuned at least one octave higher than my fretted 34” scale. In an ideal world, I get a custom made instrument to my ideal specs, but I’m on a budget and looking to spend somewhere around $300 CAD or even less. I’ll probably have to make some compromises somewhere, and I’ll likely have to buy something used and modify the hell out of it. There are a couple 30” 4 stringers on my local classifieds for $300 or less, but they are 4 stringers and don’t have bridge pickups. There are also some 7 string guitars with a 25.5” scale within the $200 - $300 range, but I have no idea how I’d turn a 7 string guitar into a 5 string (with even string spacing) without a custom bridge. I’d also like something a bit longer if possible (like 27” scale or more). I could probably just defret a normal guitar, but ideally would have something with wider string spacing. Again, I am sure I’ll likely have to make some compromises, but I’m not in a rush and I don’t mind waiting for a year or so to find the right candidate. We have a lot of creative people here and I just thought I’d plant the seed to see if anyone has any ideas or can list some things for me to look out for. Thanks in advance.