Purchased from: Traded
Features — 8
Made in China, a 2011 model (I believe), 24 frets, solid body, unknown wood (though it looks like cheap wood). Finish is solid red with a black pick guard. Fixed bridge with through body stringing. Passive pups, 1 tone 1 volume, 1 three-way switch. Double humbucker, unknown make and model of pups. Non-locking tuners, unknown make. No Accessories included. It's a very basic guitar, but it sounds phenomenal. Looks can be deceiving. I have never had an interaction with Ibanez or any of the other Brands 'dinky' guitars. And, though I have never had/used them, this guitar has made me respect them.
Sound — 6
I play mostly, post-hardcore, and punk/punk rock, music. Has great sustain and distortion, though both are affected by the volume of the guitar. Has very little feedback and is silent, even with my built in gate. I run it through a Boss DS-1 pedal, lined into a Yamaha THR-10. It can cover a broad genre of sounds, from blues and jazz, to rock and metalcore. I am pleasantly surprised at the guitars ability to work in any situation. However I am going to replace the neck pickup. As its clean tone is rather trashy, and bulbous.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Unknown factory setup, I received the guitar via trade. Pickups needed adjusting, along with the bridge. The tuning nuts needed to be tightened, and created a buzz when it was strummed too hard. Everything on the guitar is like new. The only flaws are a couple of chips in the paint, and the frets need to be filed down as they protrude from the edge of the fret board. One on the tip of the headstock, the other on the back side of the lower body horn. Other than those two issues, nothing else on the guitar is off. Feels smooth, and plays easy and quick.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar is incredibly rugged. I have had several mishaps with it, and it hasn't so much as flinched. I would most definitely bring this on the road, even though it is a Mikro, its sound outweighs its looks. All hardware is solid, tuners, buttons, pickups, knobs, switches, and jack. All are sturdy, and I would not worry about them, unless something major were to happen. It's surprisingly light, yet solid. I don't worry about the body getting dents, or damage, though I would prefer a different wood for the fretboard, as the one on it lacks texture and aesthetic appeal.
Overall Impression — 9
As I said, I play mostly post-hardcore, and punk/punk rock genre, and it sounds perfect. Though some tweaking was made in my EQ settings. I've been playing 8 years, unprofessionally, and have had several guitars, both acoustic and electric. It could stand toe to toe with my Conrad, on its worst day. I do wish I would have asked if it had been serviced any time soon, before trading, though there isn't much wrong with it. If I were to loose it, for any reason, I would invest in another. I love its size, and its ability to adapt. I didn't really compare, as I had no real experience with Ibanez, or their Mikro's. I do wish it had a single coil for a mid pickup, and I wish the controls were in a different spot, as it makes it awkward for playing with where they're at. Other than that, it's a great guitar, and I'm in love with it.