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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
Phat-II EQ
SPECIFICATIONS
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

     

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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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(12 of 15 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

(8 of 9 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.

(6 of 7 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

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Entry 6-String

By VoidedBrain

from Evansville, IN

About Me Experienced

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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Had mine for about a year

By xavplusplus

from MI

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Starter Bass

Cons

  • Almost Too Wide For Me
  • Fret Buzz
  • Not Enough Controls
  • Short Fretboard

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Learning
  • Practicing

Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

Ok so at first I was just happy to have a bass. I have been playing it for almost a year. I've switched strings a few times. I digress. I can't get some of the sound out of it I want due to no controls on the bass other than volume on the two pickups one tone knob and a bass boost. Also I wish the bridge was easier to adjust. It is an amazing bass to start six strings. I highly recommend to beginners!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great...great bass!

By BobBassman3

from Seneca Falls N.Y

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Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

Well this is my first six string and I will tell ya. It is amazing!!!!!!!!!!! The tone is awesome (Sounds like high dollar pickups) The neck is smooth and thin. A good and nice light body. Virtually no flaws folks. Plays all kinds of music styles with no problem! If you want a nice bass for a superb price! Buy this bass!!!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By The Shame Game

from Orlando, Florida

Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

I had been playing bass for a solid two years, and I needed an extended range bass for some of the covers my band was doing that called for the High C and the Low B. I found this with no clue about Ibanez. I opened it up and I was amazed. This bass has held up very well. It can handle all types of music. The only complaint I had was the action (Adjustable) and the low B is a little muddy at times. Just mess with the EQ and you will get it.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!!

By jokersmile32

from new jersey

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Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

Ive had this bass about two weeks and i love it. I also own an ibanez sr505 and have to admit i like the gsr206 better, even though it was half the price. The phat boost helps alot with getting a nice tone or changing tone halfway through a song to emphasize a measure. It was not set up very well when i got it in the mail but i fixed that myself. It was mainly the intonation. I love the tone of this bass. Its very versatile and the eq is great. The other members in my prog. rock band agreed it sounded really good. -derek of vail's Gate/As within

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Amazing!!

By DemonHunterBassMaster

from St. Joe, MO

Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

This bass is awesome! I'm an Ibanez collector (I've owned the GSR190, GSR205, and now this), and I can say that it is the best bass I have ever played, in multiple respects. I also occasionally play basses from other companies, and this is still the top. It is an amazing 6-string with great durability and lots of range. Great for playing any style of music. The only complaint I can remotely think of is that the A and D strings had a slight fret buzz, but that was fixed easily.

 
5.0

Love it

By Michael O

from Portland, OR

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording

Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

I had no trouble setting up this bass. I was able set the intonation perfectly. Even the low strings sustain pitch very well and were easy to tune. I added a slight relief to the neck, because there was a lot of string buzz. After this slight adjustment to the truss rods, there is only a buzz when playing hard on the bottom 3 frets of the lowest string. The action is still low and it is very easy to play (though I do have long fingers). The stock strings are very cheap. As someone else stated, I feel upgrading to higher quality strings may resolve the low B buzz issue.

The tone is amazing thanks to the built in EQ bass boost. I found it easier to play harmonics than my other basses. Walking bass lines sound smooth and percussive playing sounds pro.

This is my new favorite bass. I can't wait to play it with the band.

 
5.0

Awesome

By Kenny

from Martinsville, va

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez Gio GSR206 6-String Bass Guitar:

    After doing a little work with the action, and adjusting the neck this bass is great for any venue or genre of music

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