Here's the situation: I recently had a household accident that resulted in the ripping off of half a fingernail and requiring 4 stitches in the nail bed of my middle finger on my plucking hand. Needless to say, this makes playing fingerstyle less than wonderful. So I am looking for some kind of tight-spaced 5 or 6 string bass to use with a pick while I heal. The pick will not replace fingers on my regular 5 strings. I know there are Short scale bass VI style basses. My question is if there are strings that will allow me to string these with a low B as in my regular basses. Or there are Baritone guitars that are B-B and maybe I could use an octaver to drop lower. Or just tight spaced 5's. The concern here is that when I have encountered a crappy B string on a 5, it has been on cheaper basses... Trying to keep this $500 or less as it is most likely a temporary thing. Any insight? Thanks!