I find the Pattern Reg extremely comfy, too, though I don't have trouble playing the WF or Pattern. I'm probably a little more sensitive to neck shapes now that my hand is screwed up, in that I now seem to notice them more than before, but it still doesn't make so much of a difference that it causes a problem. For me, setup is now a more important issue, the fingers have become weak enough to need a bit lower action than I usually like. Still, here's the thing: If I was much more comfortable with the Pattern Reg, and less so with the SC, I'd just get a DGT. The neck is a lot like the Pattern Reg, the tone is a lot like an SC in that it's got that fat and vintage 'bucker thing happening, it has the two pickup volume controls, and if it won't give your hand problems. Plus, it's an utterly superb guitar! If I was in your shoes, I'd get one of those, and never think about an SC.