Hello, I don't post here on these boards very often... more of a reader I suppose ha But I was wondering if anyone could help me out. I play bass everyday and gig pretty frequently, but over this past year I've begun to notice that my basses have been causing me some discomfort. My main bass is a 2004 Fender American Jazz Standard and every so often I'll take out the 2003 Stingray V... not light basses I know. But it's to the point now where I'm getting pain in my upper left back from playing for about an hour or less. Just today I was at a rehearsal for a jazz ensemble I play with at school and during the times I wasn't playing, I had to sit down because of the discomfort. I have recently just switched to a wider strap and that seems to work for rock gigs, but longer than an hour or so, the discomfort is still there. So I am wondering if I should look into getting another bass or some other alternative. The sad thing being that I love the sound of my Jazz... but is the sound worth the discomfort or possible injury? Any thoughts? PS - I don't know if this belongs in this forum, but it seemed somewhat fitting.