Short Scale Bass -- vs 34 Scale
Back in 2000,, I bought a Fender American Standard Jazz bass. I have used it for home recordings, and I had a vague plan that I would start playing bass in a band. The band thing
almost never happened. However, About two month ago, I answered an ad on Craig's List from a rockabilly band that needed a bass player. I did an "audition," and the next thing I know I'm in the band.
In the last two months, between rehearsals and practicing the tunes at home, I've played my Fender Bass more than I have in the 15 plus years that I have owned it. I love the sound of my bass, but my left shoulder is sore. After my first rehearsal, I actually had to ice my shoulder.
Is this a temporary problem? Is there something that I can do to prevent my shoulder from getting sore. (I already tend to sit down at rehearsals to minimize the stress on my shoulder.)
Should I eat Wheaties or start some sort of body building regimen? Or should I consider trading in my 34 scale bass for a shorter scale bass?
Do short scale basses have the oomph of a 34 scale bass?
Is there a short scale bass that is as versatile as Fender jazz bass? I am concerned for example, that the Gibson EB0 might be a one-trick pony.
I am really having fun playing bass for this band, but I don't want to develop a serious shoulder problem.
Any thoughts and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.