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Ibanez GAXB150 Electric Bass   

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Allows multiple tones with the simplicity of a single pickup. Medium scale makes it ideal for smaller hands. Dual-coil soapbar-type pickup. Volume an...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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  • 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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5.0

A good start

By Bass-0UWF.

from NJ

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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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5.0

Pleasantly Surprised

By thedude77md

from Bel Air, MD

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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!

 
4.0

Great begginer bass

By Prodigy01

from Oconee, SC

I have used this bass for about 3 years now and its great for begginners. It's great to learn on.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice starter, heavy bass for all nighters!

By Will from Alaska

from Sitka, Alaska

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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.

 
5.0

overall, an excellent bass

By Ryan-5Ru4v

from montgomery, Al.

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the gaxb150 was my second bass, and even after playing for four years, i was very impressed with the sound, the feel, and, most of all, the price. the selector switch gives you a fairly wide range of sounds, from P-bass, to jazz bass to humbuckers. it is fairly light weight, but it isn't cheaply constructed. if you have small hands, or play fairly "fast" music, this is a good bass for you.

 
5.0

Great Bass Awesome Tone

By Spinal Tap-.jrSR

from kalamazoo,MI

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This bass is very playable and can be used for most kinds of music. Good if you play "fast" or have small hands. Overall great value. Sounds great on Behringer amps.

 
5.0

cool cool

By nerdsarehot

from southern florida

This is my first bass ever. i got it for free from the bassist of a band. its a really really good beginners bass and im sure its an awesome non-beginners bass. i definitely recommend it...plus it's beautiful!!!

 
4.0

not worth it to me.

By well, it was nice knowing you.

from leavenworth ks

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This bass is a nice bass to start out on and thats about it, unlesss you don't want lots of different sounds from it. I absolutely hate the tone switch, not because it sounds bad or anything, it just cuts down on you're ability to change the overall sound. I think its too expensive for what it is, I mean look at it it has a sope bar pickup and volume knob and a tone switch. I got this thing for free so I don't really care, but there is no way I would have payed any more than 100 dollars for it new.

 
5.0

Best Beginers Bass

By Zefferon

from Castro Valley, CA

This is easily the best bass in the price range. It sounds very close to a P-Bass. I've had this for about 6-months, and it is my first bass. If you're looking for a bass to start out on, this is the perfect one to use.

 
5.0

Great bass for the money

By Peoples Machine

from Louisville, Ky

This bass is great for all beginners, since its between a short and long scale bass it has a great overall tone. I like the switch instead of most other brands that have a tone knob that usually just puts more or less low end in the tone. The soapbar pickup used on many basses is good and makes very little noise as do most soapbar pickups do. I had the bass setup properly and it doesn't buzz at all anywhere on the fretboard, Ibanez is the only company to give a hoot about any price ranged instrument vs. evrybody else, so great quality..way to go!!!,

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