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Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass  Pearl White

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Highly recommended as a first bass.

The Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass is a hot little bass with nice balance and feel for a very friendly price. Features an agathis body, super comfy one-piece maple neck, rosewood fretboard, pearl dot inlay, split-coil and single-coil pickup array, active EQ with PHAT-II Bass Boost, chrome hardware, a fully adjustable bridge, and medium frets.

FEATURES
  • Agathis body
  • One-piece maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Pearl dot inlay
  • Split-coil and single-coil pickup combination
  • Active EQ with PHAT-II Bass Boost
  • Chrome hardware
  • Fully adjustable bridge
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IbanezGSR200 4-String Bass
 
4.6

(based on 275 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (202)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (3)

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beginners bass

Rating based on price. I must mention the neck is very nice for this price, finish is very plesent to look at, knobs are plastic and fall off, (that is fixable) The...Read complete review

Rating based on price. I must mention the neck is very nice for this price, finish is very plesent to look at, knobs are plastic and fall off, (that is fixable) The overall workmanship is what one would expect for a bass in this price range. What makes the bass unusable for live preformance is the pickups and electronics. This bass sounds terrible, I played it thru 3 different amps and it sounds bad in all of them. Muddy lows, highs are not up to par and midrange is thin. I may change pups to see if there is any improvement. However, since it is not my only bass, I may just leave it alone and use if for practice and rehearsal to save wear and tear on my "good" basses.

Having said all that, it is a good beginners bass because it plays very nice, is not complicated, and is light in weight. I would only recommend this bass for that purpose. As a former teacher, I know some parents can't afford a more expensive bass for a beginner, so get this and ya got a nice bass that won't discourage a student right off the bat. ( I have seen this so many times, get a low priced bass with the strings 2" off the fretboard and wonder why Johny gets discouraged and doesn't want to practice)
2 pups, P/J config. volume knobs for both pups, a treble knob and a bass boost knob. Neither the treble knob nor the bass boost knob do a whole lot. The bass boost just seems to make the sound muddier and a bit louder, the trebble never gets to the real bite you need for slap. Both pups sound almost the same. The J/pup has a little less lows, but still has no punch nor does the P/pup, no guts...
Not bad workmanship for the price. However, the body developed a crack right at the neck. Don't know how this happened, I never dropped it or used it for self defense, but there it is. Nice finish, nice neck.
A good value. But I have seen better. SX for instance..

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Tuning Plastic

I got this guitar less than a week ago and had a professional tuning my bass when the tuner broke. The wood was fine all he did was tune the g string from an...Read complete review

I got this guitar less than a week ago and had a professional tuning my bass when the tuner broke. The wood was fine all he did was tune the g string from an f to a g when the tuner snapped in half. it seemed to be made of plastic. Tuners very cheap if you decide to get this bass I strongly recommend replacing all of the tuners immediatly.

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3.0

Poor sound Rich durability

By Bar Chord Bart

from Oceana WV

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass:

I didn't get this bass new, so it already had some a few issues before I started playing it on a regular basis. The overall feel is pretty average over all, a bit heavy considering the flat sound. I never tired to record it because the sound is seriously lacking depth. Really good to practice and jam with especially if you are an aggressive player. The best thing about this bass is the durability, I literally dropped mine down some stairs and nothing broke.

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1.0

Needed work right out of the box.

By none

from U.S.A.

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • famous name brand

Cons

  • still at service center, can't really say

Best Uses

  • haven't been able to use it for anything

Comments about Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass:

Someday, I hope to have the chance to play it.

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5.0

Loving this Bass guitar

By ...

from Anna Maria Island Florida

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass:

    Always wanted to learn an instrument and I'm really enjoying this bass guitar.

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    4.0

    way better than it should be

    By Roz Alien

    from Worcester MA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass:

    This bass is far better than it has any right to be, given the price. got it as a hand-me-down from my sister; from its current condition you would never guess all the abuse this poor thing's had. ive taken it on the road in a soft case; ive exposed it to all sorts of awful climates. ive dropped it more than a few times; its been knocked into everything at headstock-level and barely even went out of tune. despite all this it's never needed any repairs and you have to look pretty hard to find a dent.
    durability aside, its got fine tone and plays nice with any amp. ibanez makes some real slick necks and this pal is no exception; probably the best neck you'll get at this price. main complaint: my bridge pickup produces a bit of static that i'm not a huge fan of (and once picked up the signal from a remote-control fog machine.. not our best gig) but turning it down a little resolves that pretty well. it's not a very specialized/distinctive sound, but it is quite versatile if your amp has lots of adjustables. and while the tone is not bad it won't knock your socks off. but its got a lovely feel and it gets the job done.

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    4.0

    Very Nice Bass for the money

    By gp

    from anahiem, ca.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass:

      Bought this bass and it felt "OK" at first. Took it down to my local pro and had frets worked and flat wounds put on. Plays like butter. Very light weight, no more tired shoulders after 4 hours like with the P Bass ( although still love that axe as well)
      Added some copper shielding to the back panel because of 60 cycle hum being picked up by the active electronics. Not real thrilled with the active, I must admit.
      For the money, Nice Bass.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great bass!

      By Amazing Snyder-Man

      from DeWitt, AR

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass:

        The Ibanez GSR200 is a great bass for the buck. It may not have the bells and whistles of higher end basses but it definatly holds it's own, especially considering the price. The finish is better looking than the pic here too (I got Transparent Red).

        The strings are definatly lackluster. You'll wanna replace them as soon as you can (putting RotoSounds on mine). You may also want to adjust the pickups and bridge.

        If you're buying a bass on a budget and prefer a thinner neck this is it.

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        5.0

        Sounds great with the right strings.

        By Paul

        from WA

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Value

        Cons

        • Strings

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass:

        Back in 2000 I picked up an "Ibanez bass starter kit", which included a GSR 200. AWESOME DEAL, 14 years later I still have it and use it for practicing. (Apparently the electronics on the GSR 200 have changed since then - mine has 3 knobs, similar to the GSRM 20.)

        Rating 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5. Excellent build quality and the setup was spot on.

        The first thing I noticed about this bass was the neck, it feels really good in your hand. The finish has not changed with age and usage. I own several basses and guitars, the neck on this one is my favorite at any price.

        The strings it came with were a little chintzy. The first time I changed strings, I put on Rotosounds and I was blown away by the improvement.

        The electronics are a little noisy (60 Hz hum, and sometimes crackling when you turn the pots). I didn't notice this for a long time, some of it may be from wear and corrosion.

        It's tempting to say that "this should be everyone's first bass", except the Squire and Epiphone also make excellent starter basses.

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        5.0

        Great bass for someone on a budget

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        By MattSedlak

        from Pittsburgh PA

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass:

          I have had this bass since 2008. never had a problem with it. Rceently I played a show using this bass, we headlined. Now i read a lot of people saying it has a muddy sound to it. Well for me, I play in a grunge metal band and that's the sound we have. I am also a pick player for this project too, so the sound has been right up my alley.

          Another issue people have posted about are strings, well, I always change the strings on any new guitar or bass I get immediately. I run Rotosounds and suggest them to everyone as i have (*knock on wood) never broke one yet. The price for this bass, if yo live on a serious budget like I do and want good quality, this is what you shouldget.

          I play this bass 4-5 times a week so this bass takes a beating and having it since 2008 and it is still in great shape says a lot about the product.

          A little treat to myself for this bass lasting so long, i am soon going to upgrade the pickups, but thats not because the current ones are malfunctioning, i just feel like treating myself :)

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          4.0

          Xcelnt bass for not a lot....

          By Jimmy DK

          from SF Bay

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass:

            These Ibanez entry level basses are well built and have a great sound, for the price. I have one in my studio that is used for jams as well as regular sessions. I've played mine in live performances on big and small stages, and never had a problem. The pots are always clean, no buzz from outside electronics or lighting, the neck and frets are true. Sure, there are a lot of far better instruments available, but not at this price. Great value!

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            5.0

            My research paid off

            By JockoPablo

            from West Virginia

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Poor Pots
            • Poor Strings

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass:

            I did extensive research before choosing my first bass. The GSR-200 was on a lot of people's lists as a top pick for a beginner/budget bass, and now I know why. This bass is very easy to play, has a beautiful finish (I got transparent red), and most importantly sounds pretty darn good.

            Knowing very little about bass guitars I took mine to an experienced bass player to get his opinion on the setup and feel, and after playing it a bit he said "You're good to go."

            I recently played my GSR-200 with the praise team band at my church and it sounded great through the church's sound system.

            The only negative that stands out for me is the quality -- or lack thereof -- of the pots. All the pots have a lot of noise in them, and my bridge pot doesn't really adjust output volume incrementally -- it's practically on or off.

            Also, make sure you budget for a new set of strings when you buy this bass. Most people advise that anyway, I've learned, especially with budget guitars, but my bass arrived with a bad A string that rattled like crazy. I put a set of Rotosounds on it and it took care of that.

            Overall I can't recommend it enough as a first bass.

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