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Ibanez GSR100EX Soundgear Bass Guitar  Black

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Though the GSR100EX is a fairly "no-frills" kind of bass guitar, it does feature the comfort and playability you'd get from Ibanez's more high-end So...Click To Read More About This Product

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Though the GSR100EX is a fairly "no-frills" kind of bass guitar, it does feature the comfort and playability you'd get from Ibanez's more high-end Soundgear models, and it's Powerpole Dual Coil pickups give you a high output usually missing from beginner basses. The bottom side has a reasonably deep cutaway that allows good access to the lower frets. If you're going to get the hang of playing electric bass, this is a quality choice to get your chops up to snuff on.

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FEATURES
  • GSR4 neck
  • Mahogany body
  • Medium frets
  • B10 bridge
  • PPD4 pickup
  • Case sold separately

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IbanezGSR100EX Soundgear Bass Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 18 reviews)

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Sweeeeeet

This bass is awesome! I got it for a surprise gig that I only had a week to prepare for. It got here in 3 days, even with all the tornado's in my...Read complete review

This bass is awesome! I got it for a surprise gig that I only had a week to prepare for. It got here in 3 days, even with all the tornado's in my area. It sounds GREAT! Nice and punchy. And it sounds so nasty when you play slap bass! Very sturdy, light and playable. I don;t understand all of these reviews saying it sucks, because it doesn't by any means. I would recommend this bass to anyone who likes to play metal. For the price, it is absolutely unbeatable. If you're a musician on a budget and want a good bass, look no further!

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First of all, I own the black model of this bass, and Ibanez has featured some breath-taking qualities, such as a fast-actioned neck, killer volume and tone knobs, and a nice body....Read complete review

First of all, I own the black model of this bass, and Ibanez has featured some breath-taking qualities, such as a fast-actioned neck, killer volume and tone knobs, and a nice body. The bridge and headstock are average, nothing to brag about. In addition to all of that, I have seen many flaws in this bass as well. First, within a week of buying this bass, and keeping great care of it I might add, I was playing my bass as usual with my local band, when the tuning peg fell off, I had to get new screws and re-do them all again. Second, the pickup comes way too high up on the bass and leaves you no thumb-rest, this can be easily fixed with a screwdriver though. I might add that for having only one pickup, this bass puts out a really good tone, almost P-bass quality, but not quite. The neck has good harmonic, popping and slapping, penatonic, and picking qualities, but no tapping qualities at all. But the final flaw that made me switch to a different brand of guitars is the input jack. The input jack does not have a good grip on my cord, and it always falls out, even when I wrap it around my strap. Also, the wiring isn't very stirdy. The wiring to the jack often cracks and sounds terrible. You have to sit down to get a average tone out of the bass. This bass brings my opinion Ibanez down. If I were a beginner bassist I would switch over to a more trustworthy name. I might suggest Peavey or Fender if you have the money.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweeeeeet

By Carnage-HX88w

from Texas

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Comments about Ibanez GSR100EX Soundgear Bass Guitar:

This bass is awesome! I got it for a surprise gig that I only had a week to prepare for. It got here in 3 days, even with all the tornado's in my area. It sounds GREAT! Nice and punchy. And it sounds so nasty when you play slap bass! Very sturdy, light and playable. I don;t understand all of these reviews saying it sucks, because it doesn't by any means. I would recommend this bass to anyone who likes to play metal. For the price, it is absolutely unbeatable. If you're a musician on a budget and want a good bass, look no further!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good for the price

By MetalMan-OhQ89

from Boston, MA

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Comments about Ibanez GSR100EX Soundgear Bass Guitar:

I got this about 10 months ago when I was just starting out, and at first I didn't think it was that good, but it has grown on me. Since then I have gotten two other basses and have tried out many. This bass has a thin neck and has a warm sound not bad for jazz tones. Mine had a bit of fret buzz, but the tuners are actually pretty good and the pickup is in a nice place. In hindsight, it doesn't stand out too much, but is on the good end of the spectrum. Perfect beginner instrument, but the Ibanez GSR200 is better electronically, so I would recommend that more.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Inexpensive, yes - cheap? No!

By cn

from Hawkeye country

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez GSR100EX Soundgear Bass Guitar:

    This is a nice bass. I'm an Ibanez fan, and have had a top-of-the-line SoungGear bass for many years, but wanted a nice simple bass - no active electronics/batteries. I also own Fender and Yamaha basses, and this one holds its own nicely. Nice neck (not quite as thin as some of the SoungGears, but not bad), nice feel, and nice tone from the single pickup. Great for small gigs, jamming etc. Play it through a decent amp & speakers and you'll get decent and varied sounds simply be adjusting the tone control. Nice!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good for Beginner!

    By David Suchan

    from Iowa

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    Comments about Ibanez GSR100EX Soundgear Bass Guitar:

    I am a guitar player that was looking for a bass to learn on several years ago. This thing was extremely solid for the money. I played it live and recorded with it - it never let me down. It felt like butter in your hands, was light weight, and sounded great (for the money). I would say that it is an excellent bass for beginners to intermediate players. Well worth the money.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Killer bass for cheap

    By Strangebass

    from Texas

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    Comments about Ibanez GSR100EX Soundgear Bass Guitar:

    I got this bass for christmas last year and I LOVE it. I've been playing for 15 years and I definitely prefer single pickup, single volume instuments. I had to do a little fine tuning on the neck, but other than that, I'm exceptionally pleased with my GSR100EX.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    meat and potatos

    By ElectricWizard13

    from De

    Comments about Ibanez GSR100EX Soundgear Bass Guitar:

    it can be a bit intimidating to just pick up an instrument and learn to play it. even more so to buy one. lets face it. if ur not an experianced musician, you're kinda caught with ur pants down with that.this bass is a meat and potato instrument. its simple and it sounds good. just a bit of tweeking on the action and the keys and it was ready for war. the factory strings didnt even sound that bad for what it was worth. im also quickly learning that if played on a good amp, it has a certain low end growl any metalhead would instantly love.many disagree, but im firm on that if ur starting out on bass, Ibanez is a good way to go.sidenote: i ordered it and it came a few days in great condition later on my birthday. that was gnarly

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

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    By JC-Dxbl4

    from Houston TX

    Comments about Ibanez GSR100EX Soundgear Bass Guitar:

    I just played this bass and i hold it in high reguard, all the extra spoofs arn't there leaving you with an awesome simple bass to fool around with. its well balanced and has a huge tone range that gets suprisingly bright for one humbucker. I look forward to getting one very soon. i played it on an ibanez 65? watt amp.all the sound variations need to be made can be easily obtained with this straight foward bass. ive played for 4 years and own a GK 1000w head and 4x10&1x15 W/ Boss GT-6B Processor.I can't wait to plug it in!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Bass

    By experiMENTALbassist

    from Missouri

    Comments about Ibanez GSR100EX Soundgear Bass Guitar:

    Okay: This bass is AWESOME! It was my first and I've had it for about a year now. Ibanez is a truly exeptional guitar company and this is a truly exeptional bass. GREAT for beginners and more experienced players on a budget. I don't regret buying this at all. If you're on a budget, get this bass!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Ibanez GSR100EX Soundgear bass

    By Heard the Bass

    from Silver Creek, NY

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    Comments about Ibanez GSR100EX Soundgear Bass Guitar:

    Well... I bought this bass on the expectation of quality from previous experience with Ibanez basses. No exception here. This bass is well made and plays very well right out of the box. I did change the strings and set up the action to my liking. The mahogany body is very pleasing to the eye, and the neck plays very well. A very comfortable bass. A little heavier than I like, but still not bad due to the nice feel of the bass. The simple volume and tone controls do what they are supposed to. (and its passive!- no batteries! One of the main reasons I bought it.)I took this baby out for a real test on a gig and discovered that the very loud pickup is too loud. I just could not tame the beast. Almost every setting I tried with various effects and EQ still ended up sounding somewhat distorted. Too bad because this is a playable instrument. I will eventually change the pickup and try it again, but for now this bass just does not work for me as is. If you prefer a bass that is loud and gets distorted... here ya go!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    good jazz bass

    By CS93

    from Monticello, GA

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    Comments about Ibanez GSR100EX Soundgear Bass Guitar:

    i bought it for school because i needed it for percussion ensemble. then i started using it for jazz band. it has a very good sound for jazz, it's not exactly a "warm" sound but it still works. it's a fun bass to play on, if u like to play slap bass, it's very easy to do on this one, overall pretty good bass

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