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Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar  Black

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The Gio GSR206 from Ibanez is a 6-string bass guitar built with an agathis body, one-piece maple neck, and fitted with chrome hardware. The Gio's Pha...Click To Read More About This Product

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A mighty 6-string with Phat II EQ.

The Gio GSR206 from Ibanez is a 6-string bass guitar built with an agathis body, one-piece maple neck, and fitted with chrome hardware. The Gio's Phat-II EQ plus dual volume and tone knobs help you dial in the sound you seek from the DHX-6 pickups.

FEATURES
  • Agathis body
  • 1-piece maple neck
  • Chrome hardware
  • Tone and 2 volume controls
SPECIFICATIONS

Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar

  • Neck Type: 1-piece GSR6 maple neck
    Body: Agathis body
    Frets: Medium frets
    Bridge: B16 bridge (16.5mm string spacing)
    Neck Pickup: DXH-6N
    Bridge Pickup: DXH-6B
    Equalizer: Phat II EQ
    Hardware color: Chrome

    Controls:
    EQ: 1 x Phat II EQ
    Volume: 2 (Neck, Bridge)
    Tone: 1

    Neck Dimensions
    Scale: 34" (864mm)
    Width at Nut: 54mm
    Width at Last Fret: 83mm
    Thickness at 1st Fret: 21mm
    Thickness at 12th Fret: 22mm
    Radius: 400mm
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IbanezGio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You get what you pay for

I bought this from a guy for $150 because his son didn't like it.His son(jazz player) raised the saddles to max in an attempt to get a clean sound.It was unplayable when I...Read complete review

I bought this from a guy for $150 because his son didn't like it.His son(jazz player) raised the saddles to max in an attempt to get a clean sound.It was unplayable when I got it.I lowered the action down to playable and it sounded like crap.The stock strings are way too bright and buzzy so I swapped for thinner gauge flatwounds and it remedied that problem.It took me some time to dial it in but I am happy with it now.If you are a metal player with a fat amp you might like the strings but good luck trying to play clean music.I will agree with what others said about the low B being muddy and unusable but after the switch to flatwounds the low B is audible now.The electrics in this are only mediocre or less but after some adjustments with the pickup heights I was able to get an acceptable sound.A pickup/pots upgrade is needed if you want the low B to be at its' best.As an entry level 6 string bass this would be ok if someone sets it up for you correctly but I would recommend you get a 4 string if you are an absolute beginner.I would not call this a high end bass but for the price it is damn good considering some of the other junk out there in the same price range.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

save your money...

I purchased one of these, but sent it back after one week. The neck intonation was uneven no matter how I adjusted it, and even with the action set to 3 mm at...Read complete review

I purchased one of these, but sent it back after one week. The neck intonation was uneven no matter how I adjusted it, and even with the action set to 3 mm at the 24th fret and the neck adjusted to curve forward quite a bit, I was getting too much fret buzz off the first three frets. The slot edges in the tuner pegs were sharp, and I busted strings on 3 different sets in three days, all at the point where the string bends over the slot edge. The frets were all unfiled on the lower side of the neck, requiring some filing by a tech. Although most of the frets rang true on the lower end of the neck, most of the frets in the upper register were dead. This is the most unplayable bass I have ever had the misfortune of purchasing. Probably just a bad apple, but I recommend saving your money and purchasing one of Ibanez's higher quality basses to avoid any problems. Ibanez makes great-sounding basses, but their budget models are best avoided.

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(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

You get what you pay for

By Capn Crunch

from Frisco

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Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

I bought this from a guy for $150 because his son didn't like it.His son(jazz player) raised the saddles to max in an attempt to get a clean sound.It was unplayable when I got it.I lowered the action down to playable and it sounded like crap.The stock strings are way too bright and buzzy so I swapped for thinner gauge flatwounds and it remedied that problem.It took me some time to dial it in but I am happy with it now.If you are a metal player with a fat amp you might like the strings but good luck trying to play clean music.I will agree with what others said about the low B being muddy and unusable but after the switch to flatwounds the low B is audible now.The electrics in this are only mediocre or less but after some adjustments with the pickup heights I was able to get an acceptable sound.A pickup/pots upgrade is needed if you want the low B to be at its' best.As an entry level 6 string bass this would be ok if someone sets it up for you correctly but I would recommend you get a 4 string if you are an absolute beginner.I would not call this a high end bass but for the price it is damn good considering some of the other junk out there in the same price range.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ibanez did it again

By titus jackson

from columbia,sc

Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

great fantastic bass compares up to the highest bass brands dont belive me TRY IT no go BUY IT same price
The Features are amazing the PHAT ll eq buster is fantastic i can dial up the right tone no matter what genre this bass will show up to do the job sounds just like a ken smith it the right string on it like dean markley or D&R
i love the bolt on neck and how it place the neck in a sucre postition and the 9 volt batteries to boots up the pickups
great deal for bassist

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Instrument

By Cuckoo_Kidd

from Philadelphia Pa.

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Pros

  • Custom Shop Sound
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Price
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • A Little Unwieldy

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

The only con to this ultimate professional instrument, It may be a little cumbersome for the average 4 string player, but after just a few minutes of playing it becomes natural playing. The range alone is what I love to experiment with. This bass has the features of a much more expensive custom shop bass. I would suggest slightly smaller gauge strings when it comes time to change them.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a STEAL!!!

By Guitarzan-x6qxH

from South central Texas

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Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

One of the finest basses I've ever played and I've been at it for 30 years plus. Yeah, I'm a geezer, but hey... I ain't too old to rock & roll. And the truth is, I know quality from junk. This axe AIN'T junk. Far from it. And I can't believe the price. I have no idea how this company is making any money on this item. If you're looking for me to criticize it in any way... the ONLY thing I can come up with is that the shape, cool as it is, does not fit perfectly into a standard (P-bass) case, although it DOES fit pretty well. There is just some very slight movement back and forth... nothing to worry about. I'll probably end up spending as much on a new case for it as I did for the bass itself. It's WORTH it, believe me. Best buy I've EVER seen, seriously. Plays and sounds like a dream.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome 6-string Bass

By slapmasta9300

from Texas

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Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

Im going on a year with this bass and its still going great. its got a strong and powerful tone thats great for any type of music

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Entry 6-String

By VoidedBrain

from Evansville, IN

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Pros

  • Decent Tap Action
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Odd Feeling

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • School Bands

Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

I actually enjoyed this bass for the price. There would need to be adjustments for the pickups, and the action (Depending how YOU play), but it's a decent Ibanez 6 string for someone dwelling into 6-strings. The electronics are all right, not the best. I've noticed it is more of a metal player's bass than a clean/jazz bass. The B String is extremely muddy on this bass, depending on the type of strings you pick up and how adjusted the action is. Overall, a 4/5 rating is what I give this entry-level 6 string

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

save your money...

By Michael

from Cottonwood, CA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

I purchased one of these, but sent it back after one week. The neck intonation was uneven no matter how I adjusted it, and even with the action set to 3 mm at the 24th fret and the neck adjusted to curve forward quite a bit, I was getting too much fret buzz off the first three frets. The slot edges in the tuner pegs were sharp, and I busted strings on 3 different sets in three days, all at the point where the string bends over the slot edge. The frets were all unfiled on the lower side of the neck, requiring some filing by a tech. Although most of the frets rang true on the lower end of the neck, most of the frets in the upper register were dead. This is the most unplayable bass I have ever had the misfortune of purchasing. Probably just a bad apple, but I recommend saving your money and purchasing one of Ibanez's higher quality basses to avoid any problems. Ibanez makes great-sounding basses, but their budget models are best avoided.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great 6 string

By Rockin4Jesus-qa6C1

from Moulton, AL

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Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

i played this at a local music store and i tell you what it blew me away. the phat eq sounded amazing. i almost got it but went for another ibanez with a little bit better tone options(soundgear sr305mw). the reason i went with it was because i needed its tone and its my new number one bass, but the next bass i buy will definitely be an ibanez and it will probably be this 6 string gio.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best buy for the price

By Shoegazeman

from Columbus,GA

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Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

AFter browsing for a variety of basses around the $300 range, I stumbled across this bass at a local music store. I was really skeptical at the time, and I was about to buy a 5 string ESP (which is also on this site). After playing around with this bass and several others, I could immediately tell that this was a STEAL. I don't get how anybody could pass this thing down for the price. The action is just right, and it sounds amazing, I don't know what more you would need, and espcially at this price range you're looking for the bare minimum. This bass goes way past my expectations, and I'm glad I bought it. If you're looking for a bass with a nice range of accessibility, but you're pocket is a little empty, you really need to look into this bass.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome deal

By Cuckoo_Kidd

from Philadelphia Pa.

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Pros

  • Awesome Note Range
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great For Metalfunk
  • Great Sound For The Price
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fretboard Width

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

The only thing that takes some getting used to is the fret board width, but this is to be expected with more than a conventional 4 string

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