I'm particularly looking for a bass with a nice, slim neck. I played a friend's Ibanez Soundgear not too long ago and thought 'wow this is much less effort to play than my bass'. I'm just getting frustrated that it hurts to play which is leading to less motivation and more discouragement. My wrists, fingers, and back have been hurtin..., half due to my day job, half to my regular old health problems (not to mention I'm getting old and arthritic ). Anyone who's worked fast food knows the strain from the constant repitition of lifting pans and heavy fry baskets. And it takes its toll when I come home and try to practice. I realize more and more that the neck on my bass is too thick and my small hands fight to reach frets. I can't reach the low F on the first fret without intense pain in my wrist. It's a struggle to play the majority of the time. I'm not exactly looking for a short scale bass, though, as I like basses with at least 22 frets (actually I'm wanting one with 24 frets like the Soundgear. Weather Report's "Cannonball" goes as far as that high G, 24th fret. I gotta be able to play my Jaco ). Are there any basses out there besides Ibanez that fit what I'm looking for? Hopefully something for my limited budget... I'm also trying to stay away from active basses if possible. Thanks!