I injured my left shoulder (rotator cuff) last week and, in addition to the pain, I am experiencing some range of motion limitations. I can only get my left hand up to about the fifth fret on my J. My experience with orthopedic stuff is that it takes a long time to heal and eventually returns. I always thought the Ashbory would be a nice addition to my supply of toys -- especially as a travel companion. This injury may give me the excuse to buy one. My question for you Ashbory users is -- Can this bass be played with the left elbow against the side of your body? Before I try to track one of these things down to try it, I'd like to know that I will be able to play it with my current range of motion limits. Thanks for your help.