at 48 years old and 35+ years of playing, I never once had this pain. Might be something about your strap. I like a strap that slides and doesn't grip on my shoulder. Yes it allows a bass with neck dive to drop but I don't bother with neck dive basses. I practice 2 hours minimum every day standing with the bass strapped on. The Grippy Leather straps are great to stop neck dive but they "pull" too much on your shoulder and shirt.
2012 RIC 4003 M-G, Steve Harris Precision Bass, Roadworn P-Bass, Hartke LH1000, Carvin BX500, Avatar B210 & B115, Rickenbacker Club # 496, Jaguar club #103
Last edited by NYCbassist : 02-21-2013 at 08:08 AM.