Submitted August 22, 2015 by Gio S in Los Angeles, CA
"An amazing Value and Player"
I have a miKro 4-string that is amazing, and when I saw the 5-er I had to have one. I was not disappointed. The build quality is excellent. the Pearl White metallic paint is perfect. The fret ends were as good as any, and the hardware is better than expected, especially the bridge, But the sound! WOW! This little monster has a full sound with a great, tight, growly B string - one of the best I have experienced. I was totally surprised. When you combine this with the always great Ibanez neck, you have a great player. So easy to play, especially as I am older. When I get used to the 5-string spacing and extra string, I will have no problem gigging with this bass. It is solid as a rock - I will not have any confidence issues. Cons - I would like the neck to be finished rather than satin, and I hope I can find a hard case for it, but I think it will fit a guitar case. Thank you, Ibanez for a super value - I don't know how you do this.
The sound is rich and full with great bottom end - actually better than my high-end Ibanez 5-string. I wonder what adding a pre-amp would do to this? There is plenty of room in the compartment.
I would have preferred that it had a split P-type neck pickup like the 4-string, but I found it sounds nearly identical to the miKro 4, and no hum pickup.
Ease of Use
There is a great variety of sounds available from the 2 pickups and tone control. It is not a bright, clangy sound, but very rich and full-bodied. A total surprise from a short-scale bass.
Superbly made. I would not have any doubts about the reliability of the product. I opened the control compartment that is not only shielded, but has all the wires neatly bundled with a tie-wrap. I tweaked the setup for super-low action with no fret buzz.
This is a super value - I can't understand how they can sell it at the going price.
The Wow Factor
This little monster is going to turn a lot of heads when I take it out for gigs. They will not believe the sound.
40 year Semi-Pro Player
Classic Rock, Blues, Light Jazz
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