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Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar  

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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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  • 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 58 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Jamming (12)
  • Recording (9)
  • Small venues (7)
  • School bands (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Novice (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ibanez's Micro Bass Guitar

I was truly amazed at how nice this guitar is and plays. I have been playing guitar for over 30 years. I wanted to get my kids into playing a stringed instrument. My...Read complete review

I was truly amazed at how nice this guitar is and plays. I have been playing guitar for over 30 years. I wanted to get my kids into playing a stringed instrument. My boys are ages 8,10 & 12. All three have been able to pick it up and start playing...(with a little instructional help from me) For the money, this guitar is excellent. I like it so much that I am considering buying one for my studio to record with. The sound is great and the best part about it is that you can tune it. In my experience, you get what you pay for. I have looked at purchasing 6 string micro guitars in the past and never bought any because the intonation was always off. I could never tune them up out of the box. I would have to spend additional money to have it set up properly or do it myself. The Micro Bass by Ibanez sounds great right out of the box. My boys are loving it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Small bass - large sound

A little rough around the edges but overall a great bass. The neck and fretboard were very, very dry feeling until I used mineral oil (baby oil) to give them a better...Read complete review

A little rough around the edges but overall a great bass. The neck and fretboard were very, very dry feeling until I used mineral oil (baby oil) to give them a better feel. This bass has a true low sound on the neck pick up ( p-bass style split). At a recent jam session, someone recorded us with a one point stereo mic and the bass was so strong that it blew out the recording. Guess I will have to play softer. Love the even shorter short scale of 28.6" Guitar licks and scales transfer over much easier, as I am playing both guitar and bass regularly at the moment.

Reviewed by 58 customers

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4.0

Very nice guitar, lightweight and easy to play

By Sha

from NY, NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • School Bands

    Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

    Nicely built, decent sound

     
    4.0

    Good, comfortable, very light, and enjoyable to play

    By Tirelli

    from Yuba City, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to handle
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Flat Sound

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

    I play in small non-professional band and just wanted something smaller to carry around. Gives a good enough sound for my requirements.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great for tiny stages or guitarists switching over

    By FanOfIbbies

    from Southeast US

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

      Been playing mostly guitar and switching to a full scale bass has its issues with comfort. This little bass feels like a regular guitar in your hands and is great if you are like me and switch back and forth between instruments. Fret spacing is about the same. Light weight, balanced and the fact it is so small is huge when playing on tiny stages. Fits into a standard guitar gig bag/case too. Pickups are a little on the tingy side, but can be fixed with EQ and tone knob. There is some fret buzz, but can be fixed with a little adjustment.

      The only thing I wish Ibanez would fix is the pickup config. The P Bass style pickups crowd the body and makes any type of slapping difficult. If it had a single humbucker or 2 J Bass style pickups, the times where you would whack your thumb on the pickup (sound comes through the amp) would go down. Hard to pop the D and G without having to think about it or end up hitting the pickup. I don't really notice that much of a tone difference between the two outside of a very slight hum in the bridge pickup that I only hear through headphones.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good Little Bass

      By Burke

      from New Orleans, LA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

        As a guitarist, I'm learning bass grooves without having to stretch my hands too much.

         
        5.0

        Great bass!

        By Red Rock West

        from Woodburn Oregon

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

          This is the 6th Ibanez bass in our collection. my wife and I both play bass professionally and she loves the Mikro because it's easy to use and move for short senior music gigs. I like it for recording. Great addition to our studio.

           
          4.0

          Decent Sound

          By toxictabasco

          from NV

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

            I use The GSRM20 specifically for recording. I'm basically a guitar player recording music tracks. Rock, Folk, Americana, Blues, Country, Pop, Inde, etc... I've been using this for 6 months. Some benifits: simple bass lines sits well in a mix and easy to eq and compress. Chords play and sound good. It can get a variety of tones for recording. Punchy and tight where it needs to be. The bright is manageable with EQ. However, attack must be managed and not overpowering. It's drawbacks are: slap technique is difficult, and the open E string is very boomy which requires a lighter touch. Build quality is decent, pickups are sufficient for recording. This works well for home recording. It may not be the ideal choice for live shows, or Jazz and funk style bass as there are a lot better options out there.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is it.

            By The Chuckster

            from Richmond, Va.

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Easier to play than long scale.
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • No cons yet.

            Best Uses

            • Gospel Choir
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues
            • Weekend club gig.

            Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

            This was my forth bass in (2) months. This is the first one that felt good and right. It has a deep sound. I'm a beginner and (60) years old and 5'5" inches tall, with small hands. And I can already say in the future if and when I buy another bass, it will be short scale. I can stretch four fingers over four frets if I need to. Small spacing between frets. This fits the bill.

             
            4.0

            Great little bass. You cannot go wrong with an Ibanez

            By Odie

            from Nashville, TN

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

            This was my first bass. I started my musical career as a youngster playing classical cello, then upright double bass, then percussion, so rhythm was my thing. Now, I am basically starting over and wanted an instrument that allowed me to practice anywhere, including the tight area of my cubicle at work. This bass fit the bill. It's light weight, versatile with the PJ pup configuration, and the short scale makes it easy to run up and down the fret board. The pickups are good, the strings are not bad, you may want to change them out depending on your preference. I bought mine used for 100.00, so it needed a little tweaking and I'm still trying to find my "sweet spot" with the set up. All in all a great beginner bass, especially if you play guitar, which I plan to learn as well. This had been my "mid-life" crisis. Hey, could have been worse. :)

             
            5.0

            Great

            By MEC

            from Southwick, MA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Not heavy like other bass guitars.

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All venues

              Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

              I play in a country band

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              powerful and low

              By Acoustic Bard

              from northeast Kansas

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Pick Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro Short-Scale Bass Guitar:

                  This was my first bass and I wanted something a little different but versatile. Compared to a Ibanez G10, it has equal power and sustain. You of course miss some upper frets but the weight savings is worth it. I noticed when low E is played too aggressively it tends to buzz out on its upper frets. Setup was good out of the box and Ibanez installs Elixir strings. Tuners are good and hold tune well. Pickups have strong output and are almost without hiss. It came with a very light gauge 10ft instrument cord. On the second use, it shorted out. I plan to cut it up and use it between my stomp boxes. Sadly no free strap. The gig bag fits well and has some padding. Don't expect a roadworthy/touring level of protection as the foam is thin and there is no neck support. The bag does include book bag style straps and 3 zippered areas on the front for books, picks, capo, and even your lunch. In all a very capable and easily portable bass. Guitar Center also deserves kudos for packing the bass like a glass lamp before its home delivery. Go for it. Your kids or wife might even become your bassist.

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