Hey TalkBass- I've been away for awhile, and in that time haven’t played much due to a bad back. I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebrae) and degenerative disc disease at my L5/S1 vertebrae, which are the lowest in the back. I just had surgery last week, in which they fused the vertebrae with rods and screws, and inserted an artificial disc. After going through the most excruciating pain I’ve ever experienced, I’m thinking about how to eventually get back in to playing when I’m ready for it. Which of course means I’m seeing a NBD in my future! (Any excuse is a good one, right?). So what are your suggestions for basses that will be comfortable to play for someone with lower back issues? Currently I own a Fender Jazz 5 string and an Ibanez Hollow body. Before surgery, I had already decidedly that the Jazz is too heavy, and possibly too long of a reach now. The Ibanez is lighter and has a shorter scale, which is easier to reach. But the body is thicker, which causes my forearm to stick out more and put more stress on my back. So I would assume I’d be looking for something light, with a short scale and thin body, like a Fender Mustang or Gretsch Junior Jet. Any other suggestions? Or better yet, does anyone have any suggestions on how to get back in to playing after back surgery?