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Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar Red 

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  • Neck: GRSM 4, 28.60"
  • Body: Agathis body
  • Frets: Medium frets
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Compact and comfortable.

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.

Case sold separately.

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 92 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (31)
  • Good feel (28)
  • Good tone (26)
  • Good pick up (22)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (26)
    • Jamming (23)
    • Small venues (16)
    • Recording (13)
    • School bands (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (17), Professional musician (9), Novice (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    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

    Great buy

    By Jetfamily

    from Richmond, BC, Canada

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

      I've only received this bass for few days, bought it for my wife, she has small hands and want to learn bass, I am a professional bass player for 30 years, and have many really expensive basses, this one after read the reviews, gave it a try, just like other reiviews said, it is well build ,nice finish, my wife loves it, I lower the strings now it is even easier to play, no buss, highly recommend

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I like it!

      By E. Patrick

      from Chesapeake, VA.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      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:

        I am an older musician that now plays mainly for myself. I mainly play jazz guitar and own many types of guitars. Over the years I have owned short scale basses that were also lower cost, like this bass. I bought this because I recently started jamming with a partial band that required a bass player. I must say that it fits the bill completely! I am very satisfied with the sound, playability, feel, and craftsmanship!!! I would definitely recommend this to any musician, beginner or pro !

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great for youth players

        By chadbag

        from Utah

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands

          Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

          My son has had one of these for over three years. He started when he was 8 and has been playing weekly lessons since and has been in a music school based "rock band" for the last 14 months. We liked this so much we got him the new 5 string version a few months ago (he now plays the 5 string mostly but practices with both). For new players and as a backup guitar (our teacher, one of the better bass players in the area, has used this model at a gig or two when his main axe had an issue and it got the job done). For the cost, it is a great instrument for a beginner or youth player. Or as a travel bass for those times you need something more compact.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Totally cool

          By way jeff

          from www.WayJeff.com

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

            Small, light, fun to play sounds great.
            You are a complete FOOL if you don't buy one.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By steel jim

            from Rio Hondo, Texas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Small Venues

              Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

              This one will be converted to a 5 string but having only 4. Removing the G string & adding the B .125 string. If you already have one of these guitars try it. Then you might want to buy another one. You can't find another bass on the market as good as this one for the money. I love these little guitars.

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              5.0

              My new favorite bass

              By PlayAllStyles

              from Grand Forks, ND

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Great For Smaller Hands
              • very light

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

                I've been playing for 12 years. This bass is amazing. My band room is pretty congested and my hands are pretty small, so I was looking for an alternative to my full size heavy basses. Since I do alot of looping, I often need to reach the controls on my looping pedal on the floor. My other basses would always bang into stuff whenever I needed to adjust pedals or move around. This thing feels like cheating because it is so light and easy to live with in a small space that I rarely use my other instruments. The smaller scale allows me to be expressive and articulate in ways that my hands just couldn't on a normal sized bass. I can now easily walk from arpeggio to arpeggio in the lower register with no hand shifting. I expected that when I ordered the bass, but what I did not expect was the tone quality(which is excellent). Solid lows, punchy mids, and crisp enough highs that I rarely even turn the tone up to full. So far I haven't found anything to complain about with this thing, other than the hole for the cable being a bit tight. At the price, you would basically be crazy not to have one of these.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Guitar Players Bass

                By Jmessina

                from Michigan

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

                  I am a guitar player and was looking for a bass for recording. Small hands and carpal tunnel limited what I could play versus what I wanted to play on a standard scale bass. Was reluctant to order online because I like to see exactly what I'm getting and need immediate gratification. That being said I went ahead and ordered the Pearl White. Ordered it at noon on a Tuesday, with the free shipping option. It arrived 4:00pm Thursday perfectly packaged and flawless. No sharp frets, nice low action. with the 28.5 scale it is like playing a guitar. Kudos to Musicians Friend for giving their customers discount coupons for items and brands they actually want to buy.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  perfetly sized bass

                  By Satisfied bassman

                  from Sherrodsville, OH

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

                      Bought this bass for my 11 yr old neice. It is a perfect fit for her small frame. Has great sound and well built. Now my 12 yr old son wants one so it looks like I will be ordering another one for him for Christmas.

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                      (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      switch

                      By tazwayneiac

                      from va. beach , va.

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

                        needs to have a switch to go between neck position and bridge position pick ups

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I love this little guy

                        By T. Ivison

                        from Missouri

                        About Me Experienced

                        Ask me a question

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Creative Improptu
                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

                          I bought this from MF about 6 months ago. I'm basiclly a 6 string acoustic guy but I like to try different things. I have an old 34 inch full scale thumper I bang on from time to time. I thought I would try a short scale bass because the old Beatles Hofner violin base is a short scale (about 30 inch). So, I ordered this one. Wow, I love it. This guitar is well made, looks great (I got the pearl white), and comes with some hot pickups. But, the thing I like most about this Ibanez is that the short scale (28 1/2 inches) makes it easy to hold, easy to play, and easy to run up and down the fretboard. The short neck makes fast playing easy. I often play it like a lead guitar, making up riffs on the fly.

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