Ibanez GSRM25-BK

Electric Bass

  • Poplar body
  • Maple neck
  • Jatoba fretboard
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Nut width: 45 mm
  • Scale: 726 mm (28.6"- Short scale)
  • Pickups: 2 Dynamix J/J Style single coils
  • B15 bridge with 16.5 mm string spacing
  • Chrome hardware
  • Colour: Black

Further Information

Colour Black
Body Poplar
Neck Maple
Fretboard Jatoba
Frets 22
Pickup System JJ
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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Only real option for a short scale 5 string
Auraboy, 12.08.2013
Our band's bassist is a short girl with smaller hands and so she's always played short-scale basses. We have some songs where a 5 string would be handy but have never found anything other than super-expensive custom models that would be short enough for her to play. She has an upgraded Ibanex GSRM20 (the 4 string model) so when we spotted this, it was a great addition to the line-up.

As you might expect, this is not going to be the absolute best option for a 5 string sound. The 28.7" scale is not going to offer a great deal of tension for long scale 5 strings and as expected the heavy B string is a little loose and needs quite a bit of set up with the saddles to even handle a note without flopping out of the grooves. Still with some time and patience and some changes to the action and set up, you can get a decent low end bloom out of this. As with the other Ibanez basses and most lower-end basses, you can get a monumental improvement with some new pickups and a few hardware upgrades.

So if you're expecting it to rival a full-size 5 string bass from an expensive range - forget it - but if you are a small player, with smaller hands, or just like playing fast, guitar like runs on bass, this is one of the only realistic options out there. I'd recommend changing the strings immediately, and a pickup and bridge upgrade make a big difference to everything. Even after that it's still cheaper than a custom made short-scale 5 string.

Highly recommended and like most Ibanez guitars and basses - far better than you'd expect for the low price.
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Nice instrument for a price
Gregys, 26.03.2019
Very fun to play. Knobs could be better.
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Best low-budget 5-string short-scale
m3guitar, 30.04.2019
There are very few products in this market segment, and I am not aware of anything that can compete with this instrument. It is very comfortable to play and it sounds great, even on the low B-string. Plenty of purists would disagree but if you belong to that crowd you probably wouldn't consider a short-scale bass in the first place.
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5 Saiten, 5 Sterne?
Silubra, 07.06.2021
5 Saiten, 5 Sterne?

Die Auswahl an 5-Saitern mit kurzer Mensur ist überschaubar und führt bei vielen Herstellern schnell zum 4-stelligen Preisregal. Der 5-er Mikro-Bass ist da eine willkommene Alternative.

Für relativ kleines Geld erhält man ein wirklich gut bespielbares Instrument; der Hals ist kerzengerade und Saitenlage und Finish der satinierten Halsrückseite machen das Spielen angenehm leicht.

Im Vergleich mit dem Mikro 4-Saiter ist der Sound des 5-Saiters aufgrund der beiden Single PU's eher kontrolliert und sauber mit weniger Output, während der 4-Saiter mit seiner Preci-Bestückung eher Richtung rund und druckvoll klingt.

Die Qualität der Lackierung geht vollkommen in Ordnung und bei meinem Exemplar gab es auch keine schlecht entgrateten Bundstäbe.


Aber dann:
Beim ersten richtigen Antesten klapperte die Mechanik der E-Seite plötzlich lose in der Bohrung. Diese war offenbar nicht richtig fest verschraubt worden. Nach der Schrecksekunde passenden Steckschlüssel gesucht und alle noch mal nachgezogen, damit ist das Problem behoben.

Dann gilt es Filigraneres zu lösen: Die Oktavreinheit für das D lässt sich aufgrund zu geringen Spiels des Reiters in der Brücke nicht korrekt einstellen. Das ließe sich zwar mit einer anderen Schraube beheben, aber da ich zeitweise auch mit C-Sätzen spiele und entsprechend öfter mal herumgeschraubt werden muss, habe ich die retro-einfach gehaltene Bridge gleich gegen ein massiveres Modell mit größerem Einstellspiel getauscht.

Das ist einerseits ärgerlich, aber auch das schöne am 5er Mikro-Bass: er ist zwar günstig, aber in der Basis gut genug, dass sich neben der Bridge auch Upgrades für Pickups und Elektronik lohnen, um den Bass in ein grundsolides Arbeitstier für Menschen mit kleinen Händen zu verwandeln.


Fazit:
"Out of the box" reicht es zwar nur für 4 Sterne, aber den 5-ten Stern kann man sich erarbeiten. Einmal richtig durchgeimpft macht der 5er Mikro wirklich Spass und bietet großes Kino für kleines Geld. Wer noch zögert und nachdenkt - unbedingt antesten!
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