Okay, so, here's a bunch of random factoids that are going to add up to a question or two...
I have a 4-string Epic that is just woooonderful.
I have a 6-string Epic that sounds even better, but is nearly painful for me to play because the neck is just too freakin' wide for my smallish hands.
I don't play up on the C string to save my life.
I have a cheapish Hofner B-Bass HI-Series that I always have sitting beside my desk when I'm wanting to learn new material...I just grab and play.
The Hofner is a pain in the hind end to play live...intonation is NOT its strong point. HOWEVER...
It is probably the most comfortable bass I've ever played, from a left-hand perspective (I'm a right-handed player).
The Hofner is a 30 scale bass (or something approximating that), and has a very straight taper to the neck...1.5 at the nut and about 1.8-something at the 12th fret.
I do play stuff that requires low B.
I would someday like to add East-Meets-West to my Epics to get the benefit of the filter-based EQ. I mostly get what I need out of the bass/treble EQ of the Epics, but additional options are good.
I play pretty heavy, with a 2.0 mm heavy pick. Trying to break myself of that habit, but I've been doing it for a LONG time.
What would work for a short-scale 5-string BEADG? Can that be done on a SC standard body style? Should I consider a 4-string tuned BEAD instead?
I know this just opens up a can of worms, and I'm not married to that particular body style (considering I already have the Epics), but just wondering if I can get EVERYTHING I want in a single bass.