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Steve Dallman

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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Sep 23rd, 2017 06:09 AM        

Our band played a 6 hour biker gig last Sat, and the arthritis in my knuckles flared up so much, I could not stretch my fingers enough to play bass.<br /> <br /> So on a whim, I bought an Ibanez GSRM25 Mikro bass. (I've played only 5 strings since around 1990)<br /> <br /> I am greatly surprised. 28.6"scale and it has a decent low B. It needed truss rod and bridge adjustments, fret sprout trimming, and I rolled the fingerboard edges, as I do with all my guitars and basses. I also rewired the controls from Vol-Vol-Tone to Vol-Balance-Tone. <br /> <br /> I am most impressed with the strings. I like bright and clangy and use Pro Steels on my other basses. The stock Ibanez strings sound and feel great. <br /> <br /> Turns out, Amazon and Ibanez sell the strings, and I've found they are coated D'Addarios made for this bass. (Amazon is almost half the cost Ibanez charges.)<br /> <br /> I will play it at church Sunday, and at band practice next week. <br /> <br /> I do plan on upgrading the pickups as any single coil hum will be a problem, and I like the pickups solo'd. I have a Carvin J bass stacked humbucker from a few years ago, and bid on a second. If I don't win it, I'll use the Carvin in the neck spot and route for a solid cover Music Man type pickup I already have. I'll also put a preamp in soon. <br /> <br /> I never cared for the narrow-ish Ibanez Soundgear necks, but this little thing feels perfect. <br /> <br /> I played it for a few hours now, after set-up and it isn't aggravating my left middle finger knuckle like 34" or 35" does.<br /> <br /> I was really concerned early in the week that my playing days will be numbered. I feel like I just got a reprieve.<br /> <br /> So between this li'l guy bass, (and no more 6 hour gigs) I'll not be quitting soon.



edmonstg



Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Sep 23rd, 2017 03:52 PM        

Enjoyed reading your post. All is well that ends well. I, too, am making many adjustments these days in both gear and how I play to stick around a few more gigs. Age and body are fighting me but so far I've managed to keep the wolves at bay.<br /> <br /> George



capnhiho

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Bakersfield, CA

Getting old is not for sissies!
Sep 26th, 2017 06:36 PM        

I bought my wife a mikro 4-string bass a couple of years ago when she mentioned wanting to learn to play bass (she's 5'1" - too petite for a full scale bass). Her interest faded but the mikro remains in the herd because it is a hoot to play. I have this one strung with a set of ground wounds that play great. I may even upgrade the pups someday.



Steve Dallman

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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Sep 29th, 2017 10:55 AM        

I have modified mine quite a bit already. Pics will come later when I get to my computer. I play at church and single coil hum is not accepted. I had a Carvin H50 humbucking j pickup in a junk box so that went in the neck. I found a newer H50S for cheap on Ebay. I put it in yesterday, and the two sound great together or separately. <br /> <br /> I changed the VVT to VBT (Volume, Balance, Tone) then started experimenting with active preamps. I ended up with a 3 band, midrange with concentric bass and treble with the volume following the preamp. I run it at 18v, The batteries are in a cavity I routed in the back. <br /> <br /> I shielded the control cavity, pickup routes and even the battery cavity. The bass is dead silent even right next to the computer monitor. <br /> <br /> The strings felt too high off the body, as I'm used to Fender type guitars and basses. I designed a pickguard and cut it out of a piece of tort. I attached it with 3M double sided foam tape, to raise it slightly. <br /> <br /> It's perfect. I've played it at church 4 times (two services and two practices) and at band practice. The band loved it. <br /> <br /> It feels great. I played a short scale back in the 60's and early 70's and this takes me back. I don't have to stretch so it's easier on my arthritic hand. The looser strings bend easily and take a lighter touch ( mostly play with a finger or my thumb and sometimes with a pick.) I hadn't bent strings for decades but can now. <br /> <br /> If this is my main bass from now on, I can live with it. I may make a couple more with ideas I've had in my head for full scale basses. <br /> <br /> I love the stock strings, which are coated rounds. I've heard D'Addario makes them for Ibanez. $18 for the 5 string set from Amazon...$30 from Ibanez. As long as I can get strings with a decent B and these have one.



hushnel

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North Florida

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Sep 30th, 2017 09:15 AM        

It's great that you can continue to play. I've been going through that, well most of my life. I've indulged in a lot of risky behavior that on occasion has left me less physically capable and a couple of times had to relearn how to play. <br /> <br /> I've been using a lot of shortscales, mostly 30", I have a home made 20" fretless that is more of a joke, except for the sound the little beast makes. The last home made 30 inch scale fretless "Home Depot 2"X 8" Pine" bass is just a hair over 6 lbs.<br /> <br />



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