NBD-- Ibanez Mikro lefty from Sweetwater

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by alaskaleftybass, May 15, 2020.

  1. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. In Memoriam

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    Greetings TB'ers. Happy Friday. Today I received my new Ibanez Mikro bass left handed. I bought it from Dave Hoffman at Sweetwater. He followed through with the sale and provided delivery tracking. Nice guy and a cool bass player too. First class service. Free candy too!

    I had asked him to have the warehouse to pick out the lightest one, per @pcake 's suggestion, and sure enough they sent one at least a pound and a half lighter than my last one! I had to flip the strings as I play left handed but string right handed. The neck is absolutely silky. I know with most of these economy basses the neck will have fret wire issues or dips etc. but this one was perfect. Sweetwater does a 40 point inspection and it did come in nearly perfect. It will be once I adjust the truss and string height.

    Playing around with the controls, they are pretty lively. Turning off the P pickup, the bass sounds really like a single coil reminiscent of a J bass, and turning off the J pickup the P pickup gives the bass a nice thumpy P style sound. If I turn on the P-pickup about 25% and the J-pickup 100% surprisingly I get a tone very similar to my EBMM bass. All in all, great purchase for me, great service from Sweetwater. And I'm not an employee! LOLL!

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    Last edited: May 15, 2020
  2. WestyBassBob


    Mar 2, 2020
    Do you flip the nut around too?
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  3. Nice! I heard one at an outdoor summer show. That thing sounded incredible! Congrats.
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  4. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. In Memoriam

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    Yup! I'm an oddball! I have to flip the nut around because of the string size...

    Thanks @StereoPlayer ! I'm imagining when we get back to playing live again I will be trying out this little hot rod! :)
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  5. Yummy Notes

    Yummy Notes

    Dec 20, 2019
    On the 1
    Nice bass, I’m happy for you. During this down time, you’ll have time to get acquainted.
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  6. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

  7. WestyBassBob


    Mar 2, 2020
    How hard is that? I tried doing it on a fender acoustic once and the damn thing broke so I just said screw it and glued it back together and kept it strung backwards.
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  8. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    you got the lightest one - how's the neck dive? sounds like it's workable or non-existant.

    congrats on your new bass, and enjoy it :)
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  9. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. In Memoriam

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    Hey, KBD! Agreed. It sounds pretty good right out of the box. I'm a 40+ year player and I know a good sounding pickup. I'm amazed at the quality of the pickups. Do you know where I can get a Quick Release bridge? Thanks!

    Very carefully my friend! I have string nut files and I have to be very careful how much I shave off the string nut. I've done this a few times before. I HAVE to shave down the nut and flip the strings-- I can't play the bass strung left handed LOL.

    Thanks, @pcake ! There is no neck dive and once I get the strings properly settled, this is going to be a very fun bass! Thanks for the suggestions and guidance!
  10. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    love the look! glad it balances and i'm sure it's going to be fun to gig --- congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
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  11. rollie 55

    rollie 55

    Oct 1, 2018
    lost in space
    nice :thumbsup: well done
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  12. I played one of those a few months ago, i recall it being bolt on but i dont see a neck plate or bolts for that matter on this one. Is it Set-Neck?
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  13. WestyBassBob


    Mar 2, 2020
    There’s no neck plate and the bolts are painted black so it’s probably hard to see in the picture.
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  14. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. In Memoriam

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    As @WestyBassBob mentioned, the picture isn't clear enough to show that it uses four bolts.

    Yes, @WestyBassBob I'm kind of surprised that Ibanez doesn't use a plate there but it does work as it is. I'm enjoying the heck out of it!
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  15. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. In Memoriam

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    Thanks, @JRA !
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  16. Ah, I see!
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  17. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Those are remarkable little basses. I set up my daughter’s and was quite amazed. I also really like the amp under the desk...;)
  18. Rabidhamster


    Jan 15, 2014
    Happy new bass day! I hear lots of good stuff about those.
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  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    I got one of those years ago for my daughter …

    they play and sound nice … When I play it I isolate the p pickup …