So I finally found one on Ebay the other day and got it for a pretty decent price. For those who don't recognize the name, the Erlewine Chiquita is a 19" scale "travel guitar". If you've seen Back to the Future, it's the little weird-looking guitar that Marty McFly uses to blow out the amp at the beginning of the movie.
Anyway, with a scale that short, the thing is begging to see duty as an electric octave. Problem is, I don't quite know the best choice for string gauges. I'm figuring on tuning it in 5ths, starting w/C as the lowest (if possible) and ending on B for the highest. That may be a little low and/or a little high, and I'm open to suggestions as to whether or not that's a good idea.
I know Martin has 4-string sets (GDAE) on emando w/G as a 0.044 and E as a .012. Is there any sense in just going with a .056 for a C string, or will it most likely end up too floppy to be of much use?
Any advice from you veterans would be most welcome.