Ibanez TMB35 or miKro GSRM25?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RabidMusic, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. RabidMusic


    Jan 29, 2012
    I'm looking for a budget short scale 5 string but do not have the opportunity to try any in my area. I've narrowed it down to these two and have some questions. The main thing I wonder is which would be the easiest to upgrade. Specifically, some day I would like to upgrade pickups and electronics. Which one has the better options for replacement pickups. Also, are the necks the same? I really like the neck on my SR1400 and am hoping they are close.
  2. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    The TMB neck widens and gets chunkier past the 12th fret.

    The TMB35 neck
    • Scale :762mm/30"
    • Width: 45mm at NUT
    • Width: 72mm at 20F
    • Thickness: 21.5mm at 1F
    • Thickness:24.5mm at 12F
    • Radius: 305mmR
    The Mikro GSRM25
    • Scale/Length: 726.2mm/28.6"
    • Width at Nut: 45mm
    • Width Last Fret: 67mm
    • Thickness 1st Fret: 21mm
    • Thickness 12th Fret: 22mm
    • Radius: 305mm

    While I'm at it, here's the medium scale Ibanez Mezzo five string. SRMD205

    Scale :812mm/32"
    Width: 45mm at NUT
    Width"73mm at 22F
    Thickness: 19.5mm at 1F
    Thickness: 21.5mm at 12F
    Radius :305mmR
  3. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    Don't know these axes well enough to recommend this or that one, but I would definitely recommend NO shorter than 30" scale for this reason: Once you walk away from the standard 34" scale, your string choices narrow. Short scale is heating up now (I can easily remember when there were no 5-string sets in 30"), and I'd avoid anything less as you may have only one choice.
  4. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Good point regarding the strings.

  5. RabidMusic


    Jan 29, 2012
    Thanks for the suggestions. Looks like it is the TMB35. Just have to wait for Sweetwater to get the mint green back in stock.
  6. James_027


    Mar 4, 2020
    will be waiting for your review:D