I have small hands and currently play a Ibanez SR300. I find that playing closer to the nut can be bothersome as I am not able, for instance, to stretch my index finger and pinky from the 1st fret to the 4th fret; I have to "jump" from 1st to 4th fret even when using my index and pinky fingers. I have been thinking about upgrading for awhile to a new bass and have been stuck on whether I should get a short scale or get a long scale and "just get used to it". I really like the feel of the shorties but still find the jumping bothersome on long scales. Yes I can do it but if at all possible I'd rather not. What should I consider doing?