Put Ibanez Mikro neck on a different bass?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by John Stephen, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. John Stephen

    John Stephen Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2018
    SF Bay Area
    I have a Mikro and I love the short scale, but I can't get used to the pickup arrangement -- there is no room for playing fingerstyle (my fingers hit the pickups) and when I use a pick the pick also hits the pickups. I am wondering if I can remove the neck, and put it on another bass that has a different pickup arrangement (more open space between the neck pickup and bridge pickup, for example).

    Any advice on what exactly I should measure in order to make sure that a Mikro neck would fit onto another bass body? I have never tried this type of modification before.
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    pretty much not a chance. the only thing that would come close to fitting would be another ibanez mikro body.
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  3. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I wish they made a Mikro with the Power-Pole pickup, like they use in the GSR100.
    All you need to do is look at their specs online & you'll see that the Mikro neck is narrower at the heel.

    Heck, I just swapped necks on two GSR100 & even they weren't a perfect match.
    I had to pull the neck into the right position on one (too loose), and barely was able to squeeze it in on the other (too tight).
  4. John Stephen

    John Stephen Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2018
    SF Bay Area
    OK thanks guys, I appreciate the info.
  5. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    The other bass would have to have the same scale length and number of frets. And the neck pocket would have to be the same width, length and depth.

    In theory if you found one with a similar pocket you could move the bridge. Maybe. Or get a custom body made.

    You could also route a new pickup cavity for one or both of the existing pickups and cover the old hole(s) with a pickguard. Or leave them open.

    But your best solution is to improve your right hand technique until you don't hit the pickups when you play.
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  6. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    If you have even moderate woodworking skills, building a bass body isnt particularly difficult, and routing new pup locations is even easier. The distance from bridge to nut is fixed, the body shape is determined by ergonomics and personal taste. The Mikro is a great little mod platform, so mod it!
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  7. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

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