Here lately it seems as though my body is getting older and just doesn't handle the demands of gigging as well as it once did. (both fret/chord hand and my shoulder) Will a 24 3/4" scale guitar be physically easier to play than a standard strat scale? Also, is there a well balanced, lightweight, comfortable guitar (not neck heavy) that is good quality that I might consider as an alternative to my standard American made Lone Star Strat (HSS pickups)? I don't use the tremolo bar, so that is not a requirement. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.