F/S: short scale Mikro-Sadowsky custom job

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by quadrogong, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. quadrogong


    Jul 6, 2006
    (28.6" scale)
    Sadowsky hum-cancelling PJ pickups
    Sadowsky preamp system w Vintage Tone Control
    (passive/active modes)
    fully shielded,board leveled,extensive fretwork,
    & new components pro installed by Sadowsky tech, Lisa Hahn
    Mahogany body,Rosewood board,maple neck
    setup w DR Sunbeam Short-scale set
    Dunlop straplocks
    Mikro gigbag (modern design,super compact,smaller than a strat bag)
    super clean, near mint or mint


    I lived right near the Sadowsky workshop at the time
    I'd asked if they would make me a short scale bass,
    ..lightweight & small to save my back for rehearsals,club gigs..
    ..and generally, I just love the playability of short scales, & love a compact rig.

    They expressed to me that it just wasn't possible,
    Kevin suggested that I approach my favorite tech there & ask if they would build it for me in their own time,
    after work. apart from the company,totally.

    I had been getting surgically-precise setups and amazing tech work from Lisa,
    she knew things about my playing style and how my intonation needs to be set to compensate..
    Good service and efficient work is something that was always consistent when I dealt with the fine folks at Sadowsky Guitars, and may I just say on a side note, Lisa is one of the best bass techs in NY, I really trust my stuff with her.

    I asked her if I could buy all the parts right there at Sadowsky,
    ..and I would buy a nice short scale bass new,
    from Musician's friend,and just cannibalize the body and neck for it.
    That was the original plan.

    We originally considered putting on Ultralite tuners and the same bridge Sadowsky uses,
    but the stock tuners and bridge felt fine,
    it held a good tuning, and she was able to get it down to my standard string height.

    we decided to leave them as is..and change them later if need be..they've been fine so far.
    I saw no reason to waste money for replacing components that were performing efficiently.

    The Sadowsky on-board preamp and hum-cancelling P/J set were purchased new at Sadowsky's workshop

    The Ibanez Mikro was the shortest scale bass I could find that I really liked the feel of.
    I wanted a small,modern looking package,
    and I already had one of their GSR series basses in 34" scale,
    and with its stock preamp disconnected, it sounded pure,woodsy,clear and full.

    Straight out of the box, it was shockingly nice... organic,woodsy and beautiful sounding.

    She did extensive fretwork..leveling,crowning..work on evening out the board..
    shielded the cavity, drilled another hole for the 4th control
    re-arranged everything to fit the preamp and fourth control
    she replaced the input jack to the type they use on their basses.....

    eventually she got it playing nicely, the way i liked it..
    She knows the way i like my action, string heights and how I tend to play,
    so it was set up and intonated to suit my needs,
    ..with low action,with a nice,lively,responsive feel.
    ..bends and vibrato are slightly easier for me, & the tension feels just snappy and tight enough for me.

    Sadowsky onboard preamp was $270
    Sadowsky P/J pickup set was $160
    The Mikro was $180
    Mikro gig bag was $20
    short scale sunbeams $27
    dunlop straplocks $14
    the tech work was $600

    ( installation of preamp and pu's, routing,
    board & frets completely leveled,crowned and brought up to standard,
    everything shielding, drilling for the extra control knob,
    new input jack installed,,rearranging of input jack,general deconstructing/reassembly & setting up..)

    the above adds up to $1271 before tax,

    total cost for the whole project was $1383.80

    Although the upgrades and work on the frets made a very big difference..
    To me, it sounds like a more modern,expensive bass...fuller range, and tighter,heavy lows.
    The VTC is great at getting more vintage,softer tones..
    like a passive Pbass tone knob, it rolls off some brightness.

    You can still go passive,
    but the preamp compliments this bass nicely.
    I prefer using it, subtly..
    Turning the highs and lows off essentially makes it flat,passive.
    Then I ease up my preamp according to the what I need at the time

    The bass is huge and tight sounding, clear and articulate,
    the low end is massive..
    ..the mahogany body,the short scale & the preamp all add to the deep lows I can get with this instrument.
    ..that was a 1x12 I was going through on the first video, with no effects.
    listen to that video with nice headphones.. it has a great low end.
    a few of my bass playing friends and colleagues prefer it over my Roscoe LG-3000

    The passive mode is great, the passive Pbass thing is somewhat authentic sounding
    & the bridge pickup Jaco thing is fun,I get some nice,organic tones..clear harmonics..

    I think the mahogany body & rosewood board combined with the shorter scale & the Sadowsky stuff all balances nicely.

    I invested $1383 in her
    Price is $850 shipped

    I will pay shipping costs,pack her well and send her UPS insured.
    So this is the absolute lowest I can sell her for.
    No trades right now

    There was a lot of time and effort put into her
    I'd rather not sell her,but GAS makes us do dumb things..

    She's a great,great bass..
    super clean..treated perfectly,kept in case
    ..away from heat & dry environments,
    never gigged,not a single issue, or ding yet.

    I am in the NYC/east village area if u want to try her,and live in Forest Hills,35 min from midtown.

    there are video sound clips on youtube:


    I'm a bit of a low end freak, so u hear a lot of heavy lows in much of the clips,
    but nevertheless,
    this bass is well balanced and versatile.
    both active and passive modes are quite good.
    ..Nobody expects this little bass to sound like a big,fat,woody P-bass..
    but it can shake ceilings with the best of them.

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  2. quadrogong


    Jul 6, 2006
  3. autodidact


    Mar 13, 2011
    Lancaster, PA
    Okay bass with great upgrades. Going to be a hard sell but I wish you luck Sir.
  4. quadrogong


    Jul 6, 2006
    The Ibanez Mikro is indeed a student sized bass and one of their least expensive models,
    But until you've tried one,
    It's hard to judge them fairly.

    Yes, in this price range, there's a lack of precise fretwork, and that was worked on extensively..
    Anyone familiar w Sadowsky's tech work knows that they don't cut corners or fool around.

    This particular Ibanez series sound absolutely beautiful passively, right out of the box.
    The tone is just pure, woodsy.. And just beautiful.. like a bass should sound.
    I was surprised myself after trying them.
    . yes, everyone says "sounds great" on these posts..you really need to just plug one in minus mods, every GC has them,

    I owned the 34" scale version once too, I actually found it outside my apartment building one day, a Japanese student drew all over the body and painted it up, used it for a while then left it by the trash & recycling outside my building.
    I plugged it in and remember just plucking the open E over and over
    because the tone was so,so beautiful.
    The Ibanez preamp was bypassed,deactivated, which was good.
    .she sounded fantastic..old strings and all..

    After that, I always gave this particular ibanez series a fair chance,
    they're cheap, simple and run passively they sound absolutely great.
    I'm picky, too.. I usually only play higher end, modern, active stuff.

    The guys in the Mikro club rave about their instruments..they're good to begin with IMO
    Cruise around the Mikro club and you'll see the love folks have for these,
    even totally stock they sound full and pretty.

    It is so small and light, but performs and responds like a reliable,pro instrument..
    alaskaleftybass likes this.
  5. BillyIVbass


    Sep 24, 2008
    Gear Reviews Guitar World Online
    Wow, that Mikro sounds great!
  6. Coolest Mikro ever.
  7. quadrogong


    Jul 6, 2006
    high praise from Pennsylvania and Tennessee !
    thank u,
    i actually wasn't all that happy with the way those clips sounded, it didn't show much of its range..
    I never showed off any of the brighter,snappier sounds, passive sounds, the bridge pickup tones..
    I used my Iphone and an Aguilar 12" which was cranked,
    I've started recording at lower levels and it sounds way better,

    I don't know why, but every time I pick up a Sadowsky, or my Mikro,
    I can't resist playing really low endy,almost hip-hop/808 tones,
    I LOVE the way the low end is EQ'ed on their preamp
    I always spend time playing deeeeeep stuff when i pick 'em up.
  8. I'm sorry to see that you're having to sell. I remember how excited you were about the bass and project when it was happening.

    I would give this bass strong consideration if I could afford it. At this time I need to be in a selling mode myself. I've had 2 major events in the last 3 months with a heavy financial cost.

    Good luck with the sale!
  9. I had zero interest in a Mikro until seeing this one. Bad timing-wife just had 2 root canals and crowns- today .
  10. quadrogong


    Jul 6, 2006

    I added another clip,
    (The Mikro-Sad played through a tube Overdrive unit)

    $880 shipped to yo' door!
  11. BboogieXVII


    Feb 4, 2013
    Ha ha! Really cool. GLWTS man!
  12. I love this little bass and worth every penny with the work done to her , just bad timing for me. GLWTS or better yet hope you can find a way to keep her.
  13. kbuschmann

    kbuschmann Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Does it, in its gig bag, fit into the overhead compartment on an airplane?
  14. quadrogong


    Jul 6, 2006
    I never flew with it,
    but I asked the same question before I bought it,
    according to Same Day Music...and one or two Google blips I've read,threads etc
    "it fits in the "tiniest of overhead compartments"
    I never tried,

    Figure she's 3" longer than a strat. as far as scale length,
    But they're both about the same size,end to end.
    Strats fit in the gigbag,in fact.
    Plus,the gig bag is very small,
    it's the same shape of the body & very tailored & sleek.

    but these gig bags aren't much protection,
    if your bass is up there
    & someone JAMS their bag in there after you?..fugettaboutit.

    I got this to be kind of a little bass, ....tiny,portable,featherweight. and sounds big.
    here it is on a stand with a strat and a 34" scale bass..
  15. kbuschmann

    kbuschmann Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2011
    Los Angeles
    What is its overall length?
  16. quadrogong


    Jul 6, 2006
    I tried to find those specs online and couldn't..
    I also tried to find the length of the case online, also unsuccessfully

    I can get that info later,tonight when I get home from work..It might even be in the manual.
    (hmm, wonder if the manual is online)

    here she is again next to my 34" Peavey Zodiac PJ..
  17. quadrogong


    Jul 6, 2006
    "The overall length is 39", the body is 12" wide at the lower bout"
    just found this online, from a review (Musician's Friend), but i will check the manual or measure tonight.
  18. kbuschmann

    kbuschmann Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Very helpful. Thanks.
  19. foulala


    Mar 10, 2011
    France !
    Transatlantic shipment possible ...?
  20. quadrogong


    Jul 6, 2006
    Lowered to $840 shipped
    (w original gig bag,manual & Allen wrenches)