I just finished my first attempt at building a 5 string electric and thought people on the list might be interested.
I'm calling it the Tiny Tele. I shrunk down some Tele plans for the body, designed a 13 7/8" scale neck with a string spacing at the nut approximating the feel of playing an 8 string (a little closer than most e-mando's I've played), and cut down a Strat bridge to leave room for 5 saddles. I have a single coil and a humbucker on order from Steve Ryder but in the meantime have installed an EMG Select blade-style bass humbucker which actually sounds pretty good IMO. Will be interesting to compare when the custom pickups come.
Had a chance to play it the other night through a friend's Mesa Boogie amp complete with Tube Screamer and Wah pedal. What a blast. Taking me some time to get used to the extra C string but definitely keeps your mind working. Anyone in the SF Bay Area? I'll be bringing it to the Co-Mando gathering in Inverness next month.
Anyway, here's a pic.