Newbie with a serious question. First my history - My history of playing bass isn't large, but I did play bass three times in my life. First was in the early '80s with a Jazz Bass, but the band broke up before I got anywhere near even mediocre with the instrument. In the early '90s I bought a bass I don't even remember the name of, just that it was very cheap and fit nicely. It was full scale as well, and this time again a group of musicians asked me to play with them, but members left and the band wasn't even ready to gig when it was no more. With a job requiring lots of overtime, I lost interest without others to play with. Recently I got a P-bass (okay, a Korean Bullet Bass, but it has the P-bass neck profile) to play gigs with a songwriter friend, and I've been having many issues with reach and thumb/heel of hand/wrist pain after even only 45 minutes of practice. I should mention that I have smaller than average hands and was operated on for carpal tunnel (not brought on by playing bass), with modest success. My question is - what should I do? I would dearly love to stay with a long scale bass, but both neck width and thickness are real issues. I am not against a short-scale bass, but I've looked at some short-scale basses and they seem to be afterthoughts for the most part, whether cheap or expensive. Any thoughts or guidance? I'm very serious in playing and have more time to do so now, so I don't mind spending the money for something that will make me happy.