Hullo Talk Bass - Long time reader, first timer caller... I'm graduating from high school this coming June and as a graduation present my parents went in on a '76 Rickenbacker 4001 that we found locally for a pretty decent price. They gave it to me early so that I could use it in a couple end-of-the-year performances, show it off, make sure we're a match, etc. So far I love it, I love the way it sounds, I love the way it feels for the most part, etc... But for a bass player, I have really, really small hands. Previously I was playing a MIM fender jazz bass which has a significantly thinner neck with frets that (at least to me) seem to bit a little bit less far apart. After playing the Rick for periods of time usually frowned upon in music shops I've noticed that it creates a huge amount of strain in my left hand and wrist, even after playing for only 20-30 minutes. As of right now the wrist problem is enough to make me question whether the Rick is necessarily the bass for me - so I come to ye knowledgeable bassists asking... Is this just my hand adjusting to a new bass, and something that will maybe go away eventually? Is there anything I can do on my part to help make things easier on my hands, maybe? If the bass continues to destroy my wrist, I may opt to try trading it for an older Fender Jazz or something... I don't know. Any suggestions?