I have been kicking this idea around for a while, and I finally just went for it: Get a Squier Mini, and string it up in A standard using ultra light strings. I used a set of E.B. 8s for my first experiment. It's a little tight for most (but not bad – feels like 11s or 12s on a regular guitar). I might try the D'Addario 8s (slightly lighter on some strings, and heavier on the one string that is the loosest – the 3rd string). Or the Billy Gibbons signature 7s set by Dunlop (though I am afraid the 3rd string will be too rubbery). It sounds awesome! Tonally, it's like playing an electric with a capo on the 5th fret, but with more space between the frets. This instrument type has a lot of potential for traditional country music, I think. Really gets that capoed tone, but it's more comfortable to play in some ways. Like I said, more space along the neck...but the neck is very narrow, so there is less space across the neck. It would be better with a wider neck, but it is playable as is. Another good use for it is playing in the key of D using what would be key-of-A fingerings on a normal guitar. Or playing in G as if you were playing in D (cowboy chord stuff sounds great this way). Or playing in A as if playing in E (though that's not as useful, as on most songs, I find playing in A on a regular guitar to be easier than playing in E). Also, when you're fingering open G formations on this guitar, you're actually playing in C, which could have some use to some people. For now, I'm calling it a six-string tenor guitar, as it is similar to a typical C-G-D-A tenor guitar range wise (same high string, and only a major 6th lower on the bottom string). But I might think of a better name later on. With this set of strings, I have a feeling it would make a great G standard or open G guitar. Total cost? $149 + change for the brand new guitar and the set of strings. There are some refinements to make (e.g. reshaping the neck profile to a V, at least on the bass side of the neck – and perhaps converting to more typical Strat controls and some cooler pickups), but that's not a bad initial outlay for the experiment. At least now I know the concept has promise.