Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar Black 

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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.

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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
 
5.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I LOVE THIS BASS!

By Zafir

from Singapore

Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

It's perfect for those this small hands or short fingers. The tone is much better than the Ibanez BTB series basses. Please don't ever stop manufacturing this product, Ibanez. Although, they could have used metal chrome knobs instead the the plastic ones now. It wouldn't cost THAT much. Iron Maiden, Cake, and Eagles stuff sound great with this bass.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!!

Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

I played a lot of bass guitars before, and so far i like this one the best. me and my friends started a band and i played bass. i used a fender at first but my hands were way too small. i had to bend my wrist so much that at one point i hurt my hand and then i switched to drums. then i found this bass and i loved it. we rock out now. expect us on rolling stones!

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent bass

By Kate Lee

from Cambridge, MA

Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

I teach Rock to kids of all ages and this bass is perfect for them!! (I actually like to play it too.) It's easy on the hand, lightweight and, of course, exceptionally cool looking (we got the amethyst) Girls and boys both love it. I'm happy with the sound quality as well. I've used other short scale bases in the past and this is by far the best. Thanks Ibanez!!

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Feel

By Dave-.SQHl

from Sierra Vista, AZ

Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

I used to play a Fender Jazz Bass, but having small hands it was killer on my fingers. Also, my reach was limited to the span of my hand, and that also made it hard to keep up with complex bass lines. My wife bought me this little guy for Christmas, and what a great feel it has to it. It fits my hand like a glove. The sound is equally impressive. The only drawback that I can find is the plastic nobs. Will probably replace them along the way. All in all, a great bass for smaller hands.

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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ibanez' best-kept secret

By SI Picker

from New York

Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

I am an elementary-school classroom teacher who directs the school's guitar ensemble (composed of students in grades 3-5). I've been looking to form a rock band with some of my advanced students, and while there are a number of appropriately-sized/scaled guitars on the market - of varying degrees of quality - there has unfortunately been very little in the way of suitable bass guitars until now. Although in recent years there has been a resurgence of manufacturer/market interest in short-scale basses, all the other instruments I've tried in the low-price field have had problems with weight/balance, tonal quality/versatility, fit/finish, or any combination of the above. Having owned several Ibanez products over the years - Ragtime acoustic guitar, Roadstar P/J bass, and my current SR405 5-string - I took a chance and bought this one unheard/unseen; suffice it to say it meets or exceeds everything I've come to expect from Ibanez over the last 25 years. First off, it neither feels nor sounds like a low-price/student instrument: neck contour is - in typical Ibanez fashion - slim and fast, easily negotiable for a ten-year-old while still being comfortable for an adult with smaller hands (or a guitarist who doubles on bass for recording purposes), and the P/J-derived pickups are of sufficient quality to remain reasonably true to their tonal roots. In fact, the short scale lends a fluid smoothness to the tone and a softer attack than a comparably-equipped 34" instrument, both of which should make this a must-have "secret weapon" in any session player's collection - I'd love to hear it on a mellow-jazz date. The control cavity is totally shielded with conductive paint and foil - very rare in this price range - and the pearl white finish on my instrument gives it an upscale look reminiscent of some higher-end Soundgear basses. As with anything built to a price, however, there were some corners cut in production, all of which may be remedied at minimal cost: the tuners are generic stamped-cover items, the control knobs are chromed plastic, and the tone pot taper is not as even as it could be - all serviceable items to be sure, but given the overall build quality it would be worth spending a few dollars and a couple hours with some hand tools to come away with a first-class instrument. Finally, I'd recommend the heaviest strings you can find if you want maximum tone/volume/response (I'm using LaBella .049-.109 flats on mine - fortunately the nut is cut deep enough to handle them) but be advised that you'll need a dedicated short-scale set - the small tuning posts can't handle the full thickness, especially on the A and E strings. Overall, the Mikro is an unbeatable combination in this price range; if you're considering a Dean EVO, Epiphone EB-0, Epi/Hofner/Jay Turser/Rogue violin bass, Hamer Slammer, or Squier Bronco (not to mention a few higher-priced short-scale instruments), be sure to put this one on your must-play list - you won't be disappointed.

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(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Ultimate Student Bass

By Cali

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

I'm a private music instructor, and lately more of my students are young girls, 10 to 13 years old. Not only are they learning guitar, but drums and bass as well. Often, the parents of these students ask me if I can recommend a "first" instrument, usually to be given to the student as a gift (birthday, Christmas, etc.). This puts me in an awkward position, as whatever instrument I recommend invariably becomes a reflection on me as far as quality and reliability. Also, since the student is just starting out, I can't justify recommending expensive instruments that may end up not being used if the student loses interest. The Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro is THE bass guitar to recommend for younger students. The 28.6" scale neck (maple w/rosewood fretboard) is the perfect size for those with smaller hands and arms. The body is made from mahogany, a true luthiers choice for quality instrument making. Impeccable fretwork for a moderately priced instrument... no sharp fret ends. Two pick-ups... a standard split coil P-bass style and a single coil Jazz bass style, with independent volume controls for each with a single tone control for both. It sounds like a bass costing twice as much. A quality bridge (better than Squire bass bridges), and a very cool truss rod cover that opens and closes without having to remove any screws. Tuners are quality as well... I tuned my students bass ONCE three weeks ago and it has stayed in perfect tune since. The string height was perfect right out of the box. The body style and colors available will suit boys and girls without looking overly gimmicky like some "girl guitar" products out there. What is also quite cool is that if a student becomes more proficient and desires a more professional sounding instrument, you don't have to buy a new bass... just buy new pick-ups and controls and have them installed. The basic quality of the instrument is already there. An instrument recommendation is a direct reflection on my ability to provide sound decisions concerning my students. I will ALWAYS recommend the GSRM20 Mikro bass when appropriate.

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(16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

skinny neck

By jtm

from nj

Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

i have small hands and tried several other basses and had to over stretch my fingers i can play with ease and concentrate more on quality really like playing

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