Ibanez Mikro intonation

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  1. edt844

    edt844

    Sep 9, 2010
    Chalfont, PA
    I searched for answers about the inability to intonate the Ibanez Mikro. All the threads are old, and possibly out of date. Are there any threads that are newer that can help me make changes so the bridge can be intonated? New strings, brand and/or gauges; new bridge saddles; new screws for the saddles. I replaced the stock strings.

    The Ibanez web site had no information on this problem.

    Thank you,

    Ed
     
  2. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone

    Feb 23, 2011
    Denmark
    Plenty of answers in the "Official" Mikro Bass Club Part 3 thread, if though a bit well hidden among the wealth of more or less useful information about these basses.

    Anyway, here you go, I am not 100% sure, but I think they fixed the intonation issue on the newer versions of the Mikros.

    I assume that the problem you are referring to is not being able to get the low E saddle far enough backwards to get intonation right.

    What you need to do is to screw the intonation screw of the low E saddle completely out and then simply cut it a bit shorter with a fine tooth hacksaw or similar.

    Now put it back in and it should be able to go all the way back.

    I busted the slot on the low E bridge saddle screw by insisting on going further back than possible before I learned about this trick, and as a result I ended up buying a clone of a classic Fender style bridge for just about 12$, which fit nicely by the way and gave me room for all the adjustment I needed.

    Be aware though, if you chose to go the route of replacing the whole bridge, which totally shouldn't be necessary if just cutting the saddle intonation screw of the low E, then you might run into problems not being able to get the string action quite as low as you would with the original bridge, which might or might not be a problem for you, depending on how you prefer your action.

    If I didn't answer your question to satisfaction then try asking again in the thread mentioned and linked to at the beginning of this post.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2017
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  3. Another way to skin this cat without cutting anything and maybe damaging the threads is to pull the screw out, and then putting the appropriately sized nut on it and thread it all the way up to the screw head so it acts as a spacer. This gives the effect of cutting off a nuts worth of thread, 2 nuts = bigger spacer. Alternatively just use a tiny piece of the right tubing as a spacer.
     
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  4. edt844

    edt844

    Sep 9, 2010
    Chalfont, PA
    Thank you noisenimja. I'll take this to the Mikro club. One comment I found said to remove the silk wrap, but the saddle has to be moved so far back that the string's metal twist wrap will be on the saddle. I think I need Ibanez to fix this.
     
  5. edt844

    edt844

    Sep 9, 2010
    Chalfont, PA
    Problem resolved. I tested by removing the screws and just set the saddles in place, and tuned the bass. I temporarily intonated each string by simply moving the saddles manually. Then measured each screw with the saddles in place. I then cut the screws, carefully measuring each screw. I installed screws and did a permanent intonation.

    The Mikro is now almost perfectly intonated. Only the E-string is slightly sharp at the 12th fret.

    Now I'm happy.

    Ed
     
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  6. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    I didn't like the stock bridge at all
    Installed a Hipshot Kickass 4
    It's affordable simple and very versital
    It's a little heavy but the Micro is light to start with
     
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  7. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
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    Just installed the Kickass tonight
    On my Micro
     
  8. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    One of the advantages of this bridge is the saddles adjust side to side with ease and set in place with a set screw
    This allowed for perfect line up on the fret board
     
  9. frits51

    frits51

    Apr 30, 2011
    Heath, Texas
    I corrected this problem by putting three or four washers under the screw heads for the E and A strings. This effectively shortened the screws without cutting them. Use as many washers as needed.

    Problem fixed.
     
  10. Greenstreet

    Greenstreet

    Aug 31, 2017
    Hey Ken- how are you liking the new bridge, and was it a direct fit, or did you have to re-drill?
     
  11. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    Re drill
    Love the bridge
    A bit on the heavy side but I think that's why it's a hi mass bridge
    The price is right for a quality product
     
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  12. Greenstreet

    Greenstreet

    Aug 31, 2017
    Thanks for the response- I love the look of the chrome bridge/brass saddles/black strings on the cream-colored body!
     
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