The diminutive Ibanez PGmm31 Paul Gilbert PGM miKro Signature model is a ‘micro guitar’ designed in conjunction with the shred guitar virtuoso. So who’s in the market for this size of instrument? Apart from guitarists with smaller hands, this might also appeal to young players needing a quality instrument or those spending a lot of time on the road looking for a more compact practice guitar.
The PGM miKro is a short scale guitar with a hard tail and looks just like Paul’s classic signature model, but with a much smaller footprint! It looks similar to the Ibanez GRGM21-BKN, just without the pickguard and in that classic Paul Gilbert livery – which I think looks great.
The guitar itself is a poplar body with a 22.2″ maple neck loaded with 24 medium frets. The pickups are a set of Ibanez Infinity ceramic humbuckers and therefore should be able to get you some cool shred guitar tones.
I love the simple layout, which might encourage some younger players to take up the guitar. I bought a cheap Harley Benton mini-Strat for my kids to play with and because it looks like one of my guitars they were more inclined to pick it up and join in. But this new PGM miKro looks even cooler and has the air of a more serious instrument to it.
I really like the way Ibanez has put a decent neck join on the guitar. I have played a lot of Ibanez guitars recently and found even the cheaper ones are well made, so I’m hoping that this will have a build quality to match. The price is certainly reasonable.
Ibanez PGM miKro page