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    Default NBD: Ibanez mikro bass...

    I was wanting to experiment with the steel string sound, so a Black Friday deal came up and I ordered an Ibanez mikro bass, 26.4" scale, for a bargain. I had been looking for something with steel strings and actually would really like a Kala solid body, but for the price, I can't beat this thing. Just got it yesterday and still have to work on getting it setup properly and I ordered some D'addario black tape wound strings for it.
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    I had considered, other than Kala solid, the Goldtone ME, violin basses (30") scale and a couple short scale Fenders, which also have 30" scale, I think, then I discovered the mikro.
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    Congrats! Too big fer me.
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    I think you may be mistaken about the scale. I bought one a few months ago, they're 28.6" as of the Ibanez web site and every site I checked at the time. That scale is also too big for me, so I had it converted to 24" scale by replacing the neck with a RondoMusic.com Hadean solid body neck and a new bridge. But the body is just a little too big too, so I've been much more careful when I look for another conversion to do.




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    You're right, 28.6" scale...brain pharte!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Congrats! Too big fer me.
    It's a little unwieldy for sure, especially after playing ukulele and Ubass. But, it sounds pretty good, even with the stock strings and no setup, can't wait to get the new strings on and get it setup (it has lots of adjustments for the neck and bridge).

    I'll still take my Ubass to jams, this is just for fun at home...for now anyway.
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    I've been looking at a lot more basses lately and I'm not entirely sure anymore the Mikro is too big. Wish it came in a fretless option.

    Did you ever put the tapewounds on it?
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    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
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    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
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    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
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    I did put Daddario black nylon tapewounds on it ETB92S. Have since sold it, I got a SUB and put round wounds on it for a more electric bass sound, sort of, still pretty mellow. The mikro was too big for me, I like the 20" scale.
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    what was your opinion of the tapes? If I do another bass, I'd be thinking about putting flats or tapes on a short scale, possibly 21 to 22" with anchors on the back like Mike has done. Those ETB92S are probably what I would want to try first.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

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    I liked them, mellow sound, smooth feel, almost slick. Not sure how they would work on a 22" scale...
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    I liked them, mellow sound, smooth feel, almost slick. Not sure how they would work on a 22" scale...
    The 30" tape wound I used on my 22" works perfectly fine with string-through holes I added.




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