NBD: Ibanez MiKro 5 string

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  1. C Squared

    C Squared Senior Member

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    Admittedly, had it for at least a month now. I play a lot of instruments and love playing bass, but I'm more of a guitar player and woodwind player. I'm also old and battling Lupus so comfort has become a priority. My Warwick fretless is one of my favorite things to play, but at times I struggle with the 34" scale length. Wanted a 5 string with a short scale. Warmoth route was out, though at some point I may try and go with a SS jazz bass. For now this is fun. Last weekend I swapped on flat and went with E-A-D-G-C tuning which better suits my needs. Actually right now the EAD are flats and the G and C are roundwounds. This is fun to play and the shorter length is so much more manageable for me. Since getting the flats on there I have decided to keep it as the binding process has now begun. For me, Flats are the only way to go on a bass.

    Like many, intonation was an issue out of the box. Even restringing the bottom string won't quite go back far enough. Some upgrades are planned:

    Going with a Hipshot A style bridge. It's on it way.

    Pickups: I love the DiMarzios in my Warwick. I hate noise. Drives but batpoopie crazy. The Warick has an Ultra Jazz in the bridge and an Area J in the neck position. Killer tones and super quiet, but this setup won't work for a 5. While I prefer passives, I played a friends Warmoth 5 string with EMG JAX set in it. Ordered the set. Will take a little finagling to fit, but that's ok. At some point may swap the tone control for the variable mid control. Usually I can dial in the highs and lows on my amp and be happy. Mids get finicky in different rooms so this may be a better way to go, for me personally anyway.

    Tuners, in the future I'll put some hipshots on it, for now, they're doing ok.

    Nut will get changed, especially since I changed the string layout.

    probably going to put a rosewood "ramp" from the bridge pickup to the neck itself. I dig the look and having a consistent anchor helps my hands to relax and gives me great control on my tone and playing.

    Instrument: $185

    Upgrades: more then double the cost of the instrument...

    But that's ok ;)

    Cheers!
     
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    C Squared Senior Member

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    Some upgrades
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    C Squared Senior Member

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    The Hipshot Bridge is a HUGE improvement. Acoustically this thing now has close to double it's natural volume that it gave me before. I chose to mount it about 1/8" further back from the nut that the stock bridge was and now every string intonates perfectly. The clovers I took a gamble on but there was just enough room. Admittedly they look a tad out of place on the tiny offset headstock, but I dig clovers so I went with it.

    Not sure what this body wood actually is, but it certainly isn't the mahogany we most think of. It almost felt like I could just push the screws in mounting the bridge. Next step is going to be to simply make a mini j style body out of honduran with an ash top. Snow season is coming and I will have plenty of time to work in the garage.
     
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    artis_xe Christopher Premium Member

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    I really like . no __ love the over-sized tuners , on that color scheme

    reminds me of a Tsugaru Kouki shamisen

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    ( you know . I'm thinking about getting a 5 string now . . . )
     
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    Hipshot Ultra lights. I think Hipshot makes great stuff with a high consistent grade on quality. Every instruments I own has Hipshot tuners on it
     
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    Looks really cool. I've got three Ibanez basses but I've always been intrigued by the possibilities of the Mikro. Looks like your taking it to the next level
     

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