So I'm not really into metal, but my friends are in a really talented metal band and they can't seem to find a bassist, so i told them that I would fill in until they found someone more permanent. The only thing I'm worried about is my bass not being up to the challenge. It's a cheap plywood bodied Gretsch Junior Jet. I recently had to sell my other basses and I hung onto this one because I like short scales and it was the cheapest. The problem is that they both play 7 string guitars, and tune the 7th string to A. So if I had a 5 string I would just tune my B down a step, but until I can find a job and buy a 5 string I have to put a B string on it and lose the G. I'm afraid that having a 30" scale a low A is going to be FLOP CITY. I realize I'm going to have to adjust my truss rod and raise my action once I switch strings but has anyone else ever done something like this? I already ordered a set of short scale DR Hi-Beams (.125) They were the only short scale 5-sting set I could find. I wanted a hex core stainless set at .135, but IIRC the Hi-Beams are round core. If anyone has links to vendors who do short scale 5-string sets that would be awesome. I know there have to be some more out there. Does anyone know what strings Birdsong uses on their basses?