Bought a new shortscale today. I like it better than the old shortscale.

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  1. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Silver Supporter

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    I had a Squier Bronco bass for home recording. It was one of Hello Kitty Batz Maru basses. I also have the Kitty guitar - trying to pass that one along as well.

    I went to play an Ibanez full scale bass that was $199 at GC and I knew it wouldn’t work for an old guitar player (me). The full scale felt so heavy and the big reaches were difficult.

    I picked up a Mikro and I loved it. The pickups are very loud compared to the Bronco. When I play the jazz pickup only with tone rolled back I get that old school jazz sound that feels like the bass is saying “furr - furr furr furr”. The scale is 28.6” scale and the bass fits in a Fender guitar bag very well.

    Scale - here it is next to an 83 Roadstar. It’s comfy for a guitar player.

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    I read that there are a couple of other Mikro fans here. That’s cool. I’m going to have a lot of fun with this.

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    Sounds so big and punchy!
     
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  2. brookdalebill

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    Cool!
     
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    Nice! Good review.
    I like the way my Squier Bronco bass feels and plays, but the pickup is anemic. I've got a dual-rail humbucker replacement pickup for it a few months ago, but have not put it in yet. Getting an Ibby Mikro bass sounds more fun.:) They seem to come in lots of colors too.
     
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    My wife, the bass player, had a Mikro for a few years. It lost during a reduction of her herd, but not without lots of hesitation. To my ears it seemed very versatile with really good pickups, especially compared to a Bronco. Fits in a guitar case and easy to play for my guitar fingers as well. Enjoy.
     
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    Nice! I got a Mikro when they first came out and liked it but I didn't use it much and eventually got rid of it. Last winter I bought another to use at my cramped home desk. The new one has a PF fingerboard, slightly different tuners, nut, head stock shape and has less ground hum. I put on a vintage style (threaded saddles) Fender Bridge solely to get the strings to lined with the pole pieces better. I think the stock pickups are pretty good all things considered. Fun little basses.
     
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    The pickup in the Bronco Bass should always be swapped. It's just a bottom-of-the-barrel Squier Strat pickup. I yanked mine and put in this one from Curtis Novak. Voiced to be like a '51 P-Bass pickup.

    https://www.curtisnovak.com/shop/mm-bass-v/

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    For many years I've used a '93 Korean Fender Squier P-Bass whenever I was called on to play bass. Only thing I upgraded was the tuners. Oh, and a tortoise p/guard for tonal improvement. :))) Stock pickups and bridge. But a few months ago I bought a Chinese-made Hofner Club Bass.....obviously 30" scale. I put flatwounds on it (as with my P-Bass) and it's FUN AS HECK. I have smallish hands, and, while I like a really fat guitar neck, the "reach" on a 34" scale bass can get tough for me. Short scale is the only way to go for a lot of Beatles and British Invasion stuff.
     
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    AAD4A03D-84E7-4F06-B4AD-0A76C76F2AB8.jpeg Love that Roadstar! I bought a Epi Beatle clone to go with my fretless Fender Jazz 5 years ago. Think I paid $250 for it new. It’s really a well made little guy and fun to have if I ever finally get my Beatles tribute band together.
     
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    Noice.

    Love the Roadstar too. I have always had a soft spot for those.
     
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    I understand but I wasn't going to mod this particular Bronco.....

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    I always thought that if you buy this model then you let it be. No one wants one of these if it's 20 years old and hacked up. Back in the day it was priced $50 higher than the standard Bronco. For $50 I had to buy the one that made me smile! I stand by my extremely goofy decision. Stupid is as stupid does! Old picture.....

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  11. Frank'n'censed

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    Shorties deserve more respect
     
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    I do enjoy a shortie. I borrowed the Vox from a friend in 1978, bought the Musicmaster in 2004, then added the uke bass in 2015. I did have an MIJ Fender Power Jazz Special, but sold it last year as it got very little play.

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    Congrats! I've been wondering about shorter than 30 scales, and that gives me some perspective. Short scaler myself, a Squier Jag bass.
     
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    My beloved Mextang PJ.

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    Did you consider their short scale Talman bass? I like the more traditional looks of those a lot.

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    I considered the full scale Talman. It weighed as much as two Les Pauls. They didn't have the short scale Talman in stock. I loved the Mikro and I knew it would fit in a Levy's guitar gig bag that I had at home. That's about as far as the thought process went. The full scale Talmans are only $199. The Mikro was $179 and I had a 15% coupon. It was about $160 with taxes. It's like holding a light Stratocater.
     
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    I got a TMB30 last year, about the same price as the Mikro. I tried a Mikro at the same time and chose the TMB instead, can't exactly remember why. Putting flatwounds on it was pretty essential. I play it most of the time when I'm playing bass. My OLP is still within reach. It's not super exceptional and probably wants flatwounds as well.

    I've played bass for many years and think I should probably have a nicer one "just because" but the impulse hasn't fully taken hold. I like the feel of some of the full length Talmans but really do NOT want an active bass.
     
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    Did somebody say...short-scale?

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    Those Vista MusicMasters are great instruments. Solid hardware and a very good pickup.
     
  20. Wyzsard

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    They have a big following over on TB...

    https://www.talkbass.com/threads/official-mikro-bass-club-part-3.1070840/
     
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