I think I may have found the solution to my hand pain. It is NOT my strap height or physical technique. It's the damn super thin neck on my EDA. I'm not talking about fretboard width, but the width of the neck viewed from the side. There's just nothing between my finger and thumb. I want a more C shaped neck so some of the neck will rest on my palm even with my thumb on the middle of the neck. I've become OK at doing what I call thumb rests (where I hang my thumb over the neck) but that does'nt cut it when the line calls for a lot of finger stretches. This problem has become so bad that I'm probably going to have to trade in my beloved EDA(I'm through with Ibanez anyway). That really hurts but not as much as not being able to finish a song. Please name some basses with thick C shaped necks. Preferably 5-strings. I hear the Peavey T-40 and Fender Highway-1 Basses have C shaped necks.