i had a similar problem when i first got my RG7... the neck was so damned thin and, well, "different" from my strat... and i was doing alot of nasty things by training and instinct that ended up being painful and bad for my technique and tone, thins such as always trying to anchor my thumb around the neck, pressing down on the fretboard way too hard whenever i fretted a note, stuff like that.... even the locking nut accidents that you mentioned.
i took alot of time into just changing the way my hands fell on the guitar, training myself to hold it in a certain way. now i realize that my RG is my most comfortable guitar, and i didn't realize it before simply because i was instictively holding it wrong.
now i'm not calling you stupid or anything, just remember that a different guitar with a different neck needs you to hold it differently. watch your hand movement when your hands approach the nut, relax your hands as much as possible (without having em fall off the guitar :biggrin
and try to change the course of your hand as it moves about the neck, try and keep em as close to the actual fret as possible, and away from the nut. try a more "classical" hand position (thumb behind the neck, not around) so your hands are parallel to the nut, so it'll be easier to find room for your hand between the 1st fret and the nut.
i know its tough to change a behaviour that is so ingrained in you, but its probably worth it, so you can get the most out of your JS
and if your fingers are just so big they fill up the entire area between the nut and 1st fret, or you thought my post was raving mad :loco:, then get the nut cozy :silly:
(Edited by Pryde7 at 11:23 am on Oct. 16, 2001)