Well, not really a newbie. Here's my story: I played bass when I was in my late teens/early 20s. Mostly rock. I still have the Ampeg SVT I bought used in 1984. I also have an Ovation electric bass. (Pic.) I never really liked the bass... I have short fingers, and it was just too big for me. Plus some of the strings buzz when I hit certain frets. And while the amp head works, the cabinet is in disrepair. Anyway, I'm now 41 and I haven't touched my bass (or any bass) in close to 20 years. Perhaps I'm having a midlife crisis, but I'd like to get back into playing bass. I'd also like to purchase new gear. For starters, I'd like to get a new bass. As mentioned above, I have short fingers, and trying to play a standard length bass is a bit of a stretch for me (pardon the pun). Does anyone make reasonably-priced basses w/ slightly shorter necks? I'm not looking for anything fancy... just a no-frills, 4-string bass with a slightly shorter neck.