Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Pacific NW (USA)
Re: MiKro PGMM31 ?s
I'll caveat my response by saying I don't have any experience with the Paul Gilbert model and also that the miKro's I've had were from several years ago. That said, I believe the PGM model shares the same components as the GIO RG miKros with the only difference being the the painted f holes and corresponding control layout differences.
My son's miKro is a pretty solid little guitar. In my opinion it's superior to any of the other short scale guitars on the market in a similar price range. That said, the tuning stability was pretty frustrating until I replaced the terrible stock tuners. I installed a set of Gotoh SG381 Magnum locking tuners and that eliminated the stability issues. The price of a set of decent locking tuners pales in comparison to the amount of frustration that poor tuning stability causes, particularly for a young/new player. I'd hate to have someone give up on playing or not progress as fast as they could just because they're either spending all their time tuning their guitar or it doesn't sound good due to being out of tune.
You're also going to want to string it with 11s due to the scale, not so much for tuning stability, but just so that the tension is a bit higher more normal. With 9s you're also likely to deal with fret buzz if you get the action down low where you probably want it for a youngster.
Sounds like a fun project. Share some pics of everything when it's done.