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Having trouble fitting in? If it's because you're pierced and tattooed and attend a prepped out conservative school far from urban areas, we can't help you. If it's because you need a smaller bass for the tour bus or running scales in cramped quarters, we can. The Ibanez Mikro electric bass offers anyone who needs a compact axe or the comfort of a smaller neck (most especially young rockers) a real alternative to small bass guitars that are really only toys.

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Compact and comfortable.

FEATURES
  • Neck: GRSM 4, 28.60"
  • Body: Agathis body
  • Frets: Medium frets
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Inlay: Pearl dot
  • Bridge: B10 bridge
  • Neck pickup: PSNDP neck pickup
  • Middle pickup: PSNDJ bridge pickup
  • Hardware color: Chrome
  • Case sold separately

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IbanezGSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 118 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (54)
  • Good feel (49)
  • Good tone (46)
  • Good pick up (37)
  • Solid electronics (28)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (47)
  • Jamming (42)
  • Small venues (26)
  • Recording (21)
  • School bands (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Professional musician (14), Novice (13)

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Great Big Little Bass

I must say that I was a bit shocked when I pulled it out of the box. These are about the size of a guitar - actually the bodies are smaller than most electric...Read complete review

I must say that I was a bit shocked when I pulled it out of the box. These are about the size of a guitar - actually the bodies are smaller than most electric guitars. The shock didn't disappeared a when I pluged it in and tuned her up. These things sound big for being so small!

The good:

The fit and finish is really nice, I got one in pearl white and the finish is done very well. The fretwork on mine was spot-on, no fret sprout or sharp fret ends. Also, there were no high spots on any of the frets which I checked thoroughly with a fret rocker. The neck relief and string action height out of the box was pretty good and the nut was cut very, very close to the proper depth as well.

The neck is comfortable in my hand but that is a sujective opinion. The width at the nut is 1.5" and has a sort of shortened modern "A" J Bass style neck profile. The fretboard radius is 14", which means it's fairly flat compared to a Fender style neck,for those who care about such things.

The hardware has a decent plating. The bridge is fairly substantial and not junk as you might think at this price point. The same bridge is used on Ibanez models: GSRM20, GSR200, GSR320 and GSR370.

The tuners are like a smaller version of the Gotoh compact bass tuners. While they aren't anything to write home about, they get the job done with minimal backlash. The gear ratio on them is only about 16:1 as opposed to 20:1 for Gotohs. All of the tuner buttons were adjusted evenly (none lose or tight) and they do hold their tuning well, which is job one, so they'er perfectly acceptable.

The pickups are pretty weak. I measured them both and got a DC resistance of 6.3k ohms for the P-Bass pu and 4.4k ohms for the J-Bass pu. Despite their weakness, they do sound pretty good and you can get some good variance in tone via the two volume and one tone controls.

If you do decide to upgrade the pups, be aware that the J pickup at the bridge is actually the size of a NECK J pickup (due to the 2.25" string spread).

Being as small as this bass is, it should fit quit nicely in most Tele/Strat hard cases (it does in mine). The overall length is 39", the body is 12" wide at the lower bout and the length of the body from strap button to stap button is 19". Looks like the Musician's Gear Deluxe Electric Guitar Case is made to order for it.

The not so good:

Right off the bat, the strings that come on it suck - period. Do your self a favor and buy a set of strings along with the bass. Be sure to get a "short scale" string set, you don't just cut bass strings like guitar strings - they can unravel or break at the post (especially flatwounds). That said, there are a good assortment of short scale 4 string bass sets available from various vendors. The original gauges used are: .045, .065, .085, .105

While the bridge is actually quite good in it's quality, it does have a design flaw that came out while intonating. The saddle adustment screws on the A and E strings will "bottom out" in their travel because the threaded hole doesn't go deep enough into the saddle to allow it to move all the way back. Because of this, the A and E saddles won't move back far enough to get to the intonation point.

What I ended up doing was to remove the screws, run a nut on to them and then use a dremel cut off wheel to shorten them by about 3/16" - 1/4", clean up the cut end with a finger nail file and then remove the nut and reassemble them on the bridge. If you do this while the strings are off, it's actually pretty easy and it cures the design flaw.

For those not so adventurous, they could remove one of the screws and take it to a hardware store and buy 4 size M3-0, 5 pitch metric stainless steel machine screws (Phillips prefered) - two the original length and two 4 or 5 mm shorter.

Over all, I'm glad I bought this little bass, after 45 years of bass playing, arthritis had me thinking I would have to give it up. But this thing has brought the fun back in playing.

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Looks beter than it is

At first I was impressed neck was easy, and strait played well. Until the monsoon season came and the neck bowed , BAD ! I tried to adjust the neck and found that the...Read complete review

At first I was impressed neck was easy, and strait played well. Until the monsoon season came and the neck bowed , BAD ! I tried to adjust the neck and found that the truss rod was striped (1st I needed to make adjustment) It was shipped that way) The saddle adj screws bottom out before you can get to the proper intonation adj always #. The 1/4" jack now loses contact with the plug .... loss of signal. M/F Is refunding by check.

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5.0

Compact, Great Feel, Solid Buy for the Price

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from Quito, Ecuador

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

    The feel of this small, yet mighty, little bass is surprisingly comfortable. The neck is not too thick, and unlike my previous short-scale bass (a Gretsch), the spacing between frets feels much more like a full-scale bass. Regarding tone, this bass has plenty of variability because it's easy to dial back either one of the pickups. My only comment for improving this bass is replacing the tone knobs with some that are a little heavier or more solid, but that's a pretty easy fix and for the price, I don't know that you can beat this bass. I'm fairly satisfied.

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    4.0

    Makes a good cheap picollo

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    from chicago

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    Pros

    • Good for piccolo conversion

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

        I bought this used to convert to a short scale piccolo bass. I tossed the p bass pickup (in the way) and replaced the adequate j bass with a duncan hot rails humbucker. I used d'addario Chromes..the guitar version, 50/40/30/20, tuned e/a/d/g an octave up from a standard bass. Very nice. This is a cheap bass, and needed to be set up..fretwork, truss rod, pickup height..once that was done, it functioned properly..hope you have a good tech where you live! If you get the piccolo jones, look no further.

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        4.0

        Love this thing more each day

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        from Northern indiana

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

        A little fret buzz, but haven't gotten out the wrenches and made any adjustments yet so could be that.

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        4.0

        Great quality at a bargain

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

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          4.0

          great value

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          from Western Mass

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

          Like other reviewers had commented, the neck and bridge needed adjusting to suit my liking. Raising the string saddles and loosening the neck brought the strings away from the neck and helped reduce the fret buzz. Nice range of tone, light weight, cool color. Great little bass for the price.

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          4.0

          Pretty small

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          from Louisville Ky

          About Me Novice

          Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

          I bought this bass used for because I had just bought Rocksmith to learn how to play. I can't comment on the specs because I'm brand new and it hooks up to my pc so that's not a good test for the tone and sound. I wanted a smaller bass because I would be sitting in front of my pc in a more confined space. The bass looks fantastic. I've played with it almost two weeks but have decided to go to a regular 34" bass. My main reason is a lot of the rock songs I want to learn tune to drop D. And with this small bass that makes the top string loose and a bit floppy. It makes it very hard to fret it properly for a noob. It's easy to "push" the top string off the neck if you don't have precise and strong fingers. Which as a noob I don't. And it's a bit trickier to pluck it. Again, this is only with drop D tuning. Plus I'm 6' and have long arms and relatively big hands so it looks a bit like a childs bass in my hands. And I've fallen in love with playing the bass and know I want to play much more so I've decided to invest in one more suited to me.

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          4.0

          Great little bass

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          from Phoenix, AZ

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

            I expected a short neck bass. I did not expect a bass that is the same size as a guitar. You know what? I love it! I normally play guitar, but I picked this up because I'll be playing bass in a speed metal band, and I'm glad that I did. The scale is almost exactly the same as a guitar, so it's much easier to get around, which is helpful when you only have milliseconds between notes. The sound is still very much that of a bass though... extremely low and well-rounded.

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            5.0

            great little bass

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            from keokuk,iowa

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

              when i received it in only three days for standard ground shipping i was impressed with the packaging job. everything was secured and in place. i opened it and plugged her in my amp and tuned it. i couldnt believe how strong of a punch this bass has. i play in a church gospel band and my pastor said wow,you sound so much better with that bass.

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              4.0

              I would buy this Bass guitar again.

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              from Lancaster,Pa

              About Me Novice

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

                This bass is great. I would recommend it to anyone. Good quality for the money too.

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                5.0

                Great Bass Guitar

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                from Harlem, Ga.,

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

                  If you are looking for a Great Bass Guitar for a nice price then this Bass is it. Great sound from an inexpensive Bass. I have been playing Bass Guitar for over 20 years and have owned my share of expensive basses, this little baby sound great with an easy neck unlike my Fender Jazz Bass who's neck in a little bit larger. The weight was a big surprise after playing my Fender. I would recommend replacing the standards sting that come with this bass with more expensive strings. Sounds GREAT through my Marshall speakers. The fit and finish on this guitar was perfect no blemishes. The neck and body are solid. I played this instrument right out of the box, no adjustments were required.

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