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Ibanez GAXB150 Electric Bass  

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    A fantastic starter bass.

    Allows multiple tones with the simplicity of a single pickup. Medium scale makes it ideal for smaller hands. Dual-coil soapbar-type pickup. Volume and 3-way tone character switch simplifies control. The body style is based on the popular axe guitar.

    Features

    • Medium scale
    • Dual-coil soapbar-type pickup
    • Volume and 3-way tone character switch simplifies control
    • Body style is based on the popular axe guitar

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    4.3

    (based on 58 reviews)

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    Pleasantly Surprised

    While browsing the local music store today, I picked one of these up and jammed for a half hour or so. I was stunned at the sound on this bass for such a low...Read complete review

    While browsing the local music store today, I picked one of these up and jammed for a half hour or so. I was stunned at the sound on this bass for such a low price. Yes, it has only one pickup and not much in the way of controls- this can actually have its advantages though. I have never really messed too much with the tone controls on any of my basses, and for that matter I find most people don't. This bass really doesn't need it. it's meant for beginners. Learning the instrument is the key there and this bass seems perfect for that.With that said, though it is beginning bass priced, I could see myself picking one of these up and I've been playing for 12 years. My primary axes are an early 70's Ric 4001 and a Fender 60's Jazz re-issue. This plays very similar to the Ric- great low action, and a fast medium scale neck. The neck I found amazingly easy to move on, and the smaller scale makes for easy chords. I tend to play high on the neck and use lots of chords- this thing has the thud to carry the botom end high up the neck with very little to no fret buzz, unlike the aforementioned 60's Jazz Bass. I am seriously considering selling my Jazz Bass and buying one of these. It's a 5th the cost and in my opinion, sounded better and the neck was much faster. Then again, I tend to like short or medium scale basses which may be the issue here.The bottom line is, a beginner couldn't go wrong with this bass. For that matter, an experienced bassist that likes shorter scale basses would find this to be, at the very least, a good back up.Its solid and in my experience, Ibanez builds solid, quality stuff; unfortunately their lower prices has given Ibanez an undeserved stigma for making low quality instruments. What it boils down to is you are often paying for a name these days, not quality. This bass sounds better and plays better than any Fender or Gibson I have played costing five times as much!

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    Heavy Body & Bowed Neck

    I bought this bass unseen online. In concept it seemed like a good bass. I like simplicity. I've been playing 30 years so I know now that it's the player not the instrument...Read complete review

    I bought this bass unseen online. In concept it seemed like a good bass. I like simplicity. I've been playing 30 years so I know now that it's the player not the instrument that sounds good. So I was looking for a work bass that I wouldn't mind losing and keeping my Ibanez Roadstar at home. When I received the bass it looked nice, but the neck was bowed. After cranking the truss all the way, it was closer but not the trademark fast neck that Ibanez is known for. The tone is awesome, Ibanez has it's own sound that I love. As I said earlier I love the simplicity. Mine was silver, nice finish. However, after using it last night in the club for New Years all night, the bass was giving me pains in my shoulder. The body is very heavy for a small bass, unexpectedly so. About 2/3 of the way into the night I was wishing for my Roadstar. But the sound of this bass is very agressive and growly. It has three settings that give you three different tones, very different. If Ibanez fixed their necks and cut the weight of the body in half I would buy this one again. This one is going back to the store.

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    4.0

    Sharp Bass

    By revhelmer

    from Missouri

    This was my 2nd bass, a step up from my Rouge starter. I can make this bass sound low and mellow, or loud and mean. I run it thru a Hartke 350, and have never had any problems with bowing, buzzing, or tuning. I know this is a starter bass, and isn't on the quality level of my Schecter 5 string, but for a beginner to intermediate, this is a good, quality bass that you should be proud to have.

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    3.0

    Nice bass, but...

    By OldJazzGuy

    from SF Bay Area

    I just tried this bass in a local music store. Looked interesting - I've always been interested in short scale basses. (My first electric bass was a Gibson EB3, though mostly these days I'm playing a Fender Precision style bass.) I was able to get some nice growly sounds out of it, and was having fun with it, but: When I first lifted it I was inclined to think maybe there's granite underneath that black finish - I expected a bass this small to be light, but this was very heavy. And then, there was the volume; I was playing through a 100 watt bass amp, and when I turned the volume up all the way on the amp and on the bass, it wasn't even loud. With that amp the walls should have been shaking. Perhaps the pickup was defective, but as it is, it would be completely unusable except in a bedroom situation. Too bad.

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    4.0

    good

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    its a good bass for beginners, its indestructible, you dont have alot to work with just one volume knob, and its VERY heavy.

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    4.0

    Nice sound, heavy with bowed neck

    By Will Hanbury, Jr.

    from Sitka, AK

    I bought this bass online without trying it. It looked great in silver and I've been buying Ibanez basses for years. The bass arrived looking great and the sound was good, but it's really heavy and hurts your shoulder after a while. The neck was bowed and my guitar tech friend had to crank the truss rod all the way over so it would almost straighten out. I'm returning it hoping the next one will be straighter. As with all Ibanez basses, this one ROCKED! Excellent tone. I've been playing 30 years so I know from experience that a good player can get a wide range of sounds even from a one pickup bass. This one looked good, sounded great, unfortunately had a bad bow in the neck and was too heavy to use for five hours of club playing. I'm probably going to get the Ibanez Artcore hollobody, which weighs less and has the same simplicity of design. Ibanez rules!

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    4.0

    Nice starter, heavy bass for all nighters!

    By Will Hanbury, Jr.

    from Sitka, AK

    I bought this bass as a backup to replace my retired 80 Ibanez Roadstar. Ibanez has its own unique tone that I love for performance, I've owned a few in my career. This one is very nice, and if you know how to use the switch in conjunction with the tone on your amp, you willl get a good variety of sounds. The neck was bowed on mine but after completely cranking it over it's almost straight. It's going back in hopes that the replacement will have a better neck. I used this bass on new years and by 12:30 am y shoulder was killing me from the weight. I'm no wimp, but this guy is HEAVEY! I may be able to fix that with a nice wide strap. Overall? Great buy for the money with that trademark Ibanez tone you only get from Ibanez, nice finish, cool silver color, but the heaviness and bowed neck were not good. I'd recommend it as a backup road bass or starter.

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    3.0

    Heavy Body & Bowed Neck

    By Will Hanbury, Jr.

    from Sitka, AK

    I bought this bass unseen online. In concept it seemed like a good bass. I like simplicity. I've been playing 30 years so I know now that it's the player not the instrument that sounds good. So I was looking for a work bass that I wouldn't mind losing and keeping my Ibanez Roadstar at home. When I received the bass it looked nice, but the neck was bowed. After cranking the truss all the way, it was closer but not the trademark fast neck that Ibanez is known for. The tone is awesome, Ibanez has it's own sound that I love. As I said earlier I love the simplicity. Mine was silver, nice finish. However, after using it last night in the club for New Years all night, the bass was giving me pains in my shoulder. The body is very heavy for a small bass, unexpectedly so. About 2/3 of the way into the night I was wishing for my Roadstar. But the sound of this bass is very agressive and growly. It has three settings that give you three different tones, very different. If Ibanez fixed their necks and cut the weight of the body in half I would buy this one again. This one is going back to the store.

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    4.0

    It's decent for a beginner... but you can get bore

    By SwedishDeathMetaller

    from Alaska, U.S.A.

    This bass is decent for the price, definitely strictly a BEGINNER bass, it has it's pro's and con's.The neck is too heavy, you put on a strap and it goes headfirst towards the ground. The one pickup is okay, and only has one knob, and it's for volume. VERY limited in tone. But, for beginners they should probobly be more worried about their own playing ability. Kind of like whammy bars for a guitarist, it's only a distraction for those of low ability. But if you are a serious learner I would recommend a little bit higher quality bass.It is built well which is nice, and it's tough enough to withstand a beating. I would definitely reccomend for a younger or less devoted bassist, but if you want to learn, maybe get a lower end soundgear or something.

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    4.0

    great beginner bass...

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    If you are in a band, don't pick this bass. I bought it two months ago from a local guitar shop and practiced with my band once and it sucked. I had to hook up my lead guitarist distortion to get it to around the sound we wanted. Also lately, my slap swith stop working. I had to rewire all the wiring to it. If you play the music I play go with a squier/fender or a better ibanez.

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    3.0

    Good starter

    By Keebler

    from NY

    This was my first bass, I bought it when I was about ten. It's a good starter, but after a while it gets out of tune very easily and doesnt have a good tone range. Overall not bad for a first bass.

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    5.0

    A good start

    I've had this bass for about 2 1/2 years now. I've beaten it pretty good in the past years and it still works perfectly fine. Droppin it, throwin it, spill stuff on it, works great. No neck bowin or fret buzzin either and I have the strings fairly close to the frets. The pick-ups obviously aren't that great but it does the job. The switch for more/less treble is great for that quick switch to slap as well. Its affordable, well-built, and not entirely bad looking either.

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