Ibanez GRGM21 Mikro Review 2020 – Before You Buy

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In my opinion, this ax is one of the best ¾ size electric guitar on the market. This is not a toy or “child’s guitar”, you can absolutely rock with this. But it is still not worth the money for everyone…let’s look closer at this guitar.

Ibanez GRGM21 Mikro specs:

Body type: Solidbody

Body wood: Poplar

Neck wood: Maple

Scale length: 22.2”

Truss rod: Yes

Fretboard material: Treated New Zealand Pine

Fretboard radius: 15.7”

Number of frets: 24 Medium frets

Nut width: 1.61” (41mm)

Pickups: Infinity R (H) neck pickup(Passive/Ceramic) and Infinity R (H) bridge pickup(Passive/Ceramic)

Pickup switch: 5-way

Bridge: Fixed Bridge

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Ibanez GRGM21 Mikro Review

Sound

Neck and bridge Infinity Humbuckers and Poplar body, provide well balanced and controlled tones. But these axe doesn’t give you that warmness and thickness some of us are used to with humbuckers, this guitar provides slightly brighter tones, but it still gives you some of that humbucker magic. The poplar body can be one reason for this, but the price of this guitar is so affordable, that it can afford the tones too.

Still, sound-wise, this guitar is quite versatile. Good for metal and rock, but clean tones are still nicely soft. Sometimes sounds can be a little bit fuzzy, but again, when you look at the price tag, it makes sense.

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Playability

Solid string action and 22-1/5″ scale make strings very easy to press down. You can pull crazy bends with this. The downside is that those ‘’crazy bends’’ can sometimes make this guitar out of tune, this is definitely a flaw, but not too bad.

Nut width is 41mm(1.61 inches). It’s really easy to access every corner of the fretboard with this neck, you definitely don’t need the hands of the basketball player to play very fast with this.

But at the same time, due to the narrow neck, strings are a little bit closer to each other, so it’s easier to accidentally touch strings while playing. So if you got really thick fingers, this might not be the best option for you. If you got short fingers, small hands, and your fingers are not super thick, this axe might be a good budget option for you.

 

Quality

Quality is nice, one of the best ¾ size guitars quality-wise too. But remember that this one is a starter guitar in good and bad. So all the details in the overall finish are not good as with hundreds of dollars more expensive guitars.

And this guitar has one quite big issue. Staying in tune. In some cases, this is not a problem, but a little bit too often I found users complaining about staying in tune. Maybe this is not a problem if you end up buying this axe, but be ready for some issues with tuning.

But for the price, the quality is good in my opinion.

Looks

This guitar is cute. As I said, it lacks some high-quality finish, but on the other hand, this is a budget guitar for beginners. When I keep that in mind and look at this axe, I’m satisfied with the looks of it.

Summary

Pros

  • Really good for small and small-handed people(for kids too)
  • Versatile
  • Price
  • Great value for the price
  • Really easy to play

Cons

  • Tuning issues
  • Slightly fuzzy sound
  • You get what you pay for(if you spend a couple hundred more, you get a lot better guitar).

This guitar is a great option for those who are searching for small, easy to play, and versatile guitar with a budget price. It lacks some quality(tuning issues), but for the price, it’s a solid choice. A great option for kids.

But, after that being said, I personally prefer regular sized guitars, and if you really want a smaller guitar for you, Squier Mini Strat is better option(unless you want to play metal).

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Alternatives

Best Overall Mini Guitar – Squier by Fender Mini Stratocaster

My childhood friend owned this axe back in the day, and it was so easy to play, and it provides a great variety of different tones.

You can read the full review about this guitar here: Squier Mini Strat Review 2020 – Before You Buy.

This is, in my opinion, the best Mini and 3/4 sized guitar on the market, if you are smaller guy or gal, or just have small hands, this is a great axe to get started with.

Tones are great for rock, punk, jazz, and blues. But if you are into metal, Ibanez GRGM21 Mikro provides better distorted tones with its 2 humbucker pickups.

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Regular-Sized Option – Squier Classic Vibe ’50s Stratocaster

I tried this out in a music store nearby a while back. I compared lots of different Stratocasters there and I think that this one is a lot easier to play than most Fender Stratocasters. And this Squier didn’t lose much to the higher-priced Original Fender Stratocasters sound and quality-wise either. 

This axe is a great option for small-handed folks, and for people who are looking for a high value for money guitar with spanky Strat tones. This Squier offers your more spanky and bright tones when compared to Ibanez GRGM21 Mikro, great if you like rock, jazz, and blues. Overall, it’s a lot better instrument than 3/4 sized guitars.

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Best Guitar For Small Hands – Fender Mustang 90

Fender Mustang 90 is an excellent instrument in my opinion. It offers you different looks and tones, and that’s why you either like it or don’t. Personally I like it. A great option, especially if you love punk.

And if you have small hands, this axe is the best option in my opinion. It has a comfortable, narrow, and thin C-shaped neck. It also has a shorter scale length (24”) than most regular-sized electric guitars, this lowers the string tension and makes strings easier to press down.

You can read my full review of this guitar here: Fender Mustang 90 Review 2020 – Before You Buy.

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Conclusion

If you are on a tight budget, have small hands or you are a smaller person who wants an easy to play guitar, this is a good option. it’s quite versatile and easy to play.

I think that Squier Mini Strat is an even better choice overall, but it’s not so good with heavier stuff, so pick the one that fits your music taste better. But personally, I would pick Squier Mini Strat 8 times out of 10 over the Ibanez GRGM21 Mikro.

Also, check out the other alternative options I mentioned above.

I hope that this review helped you out! If you have any questions, leave a comment down below. Feel free to share this post too.

I wish you all the best and keep rocking!

Teemu Suomala

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