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Ibanez GSR200FM 4-String Bass Guitar   

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The Ibanez GSR200F Soundgear bass is the world's most popular beginner bass, with quality that stands out against other models in its price range. It...Read More

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A highly versatile entry-level instrument.

The Ibanez GSR200F Soundgear bass is the world's most popular beginner bass, with quality that stands out against other models in its price range. It features an agathis body topped with flamed maple and a thin, fast GSR maple neck with 22 frets on a rosewood fretboard. It feartures the Phat II bass boost circuit, and 2 Powersound pickups--a split-coil and a single-coil--give it an authoritative presence in the groove. And the Phat II bass boost makes it

FEATURES
  • Thin, fast maple GSR4 neck
  • Agathis body with flamed maple top
  • 22 medium frets
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • B10 bridge
  • PSND split-coil neck pickup
  • PSND single-coil bridge pickup
  • Phat II bass boost curcuit
  • Pearl dot inlay
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4.7

(based on 66 reviews)

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Ibanez GSR200FM

Well to start off, I have been playing many styles of bass for 4 years, and have been playing through various types of Gallien-Kreuger amps, such as the Backline Goldline series. HOWEVER....Read complete review

Well to start off, I have been playing many styles of bass for 4 years, and have been playing through various types of Gallien-Kreuger amps, such as the Backline Goldline series. HOWEVER. My uncle recently picked up a 60's era B-15 N Ampeg and so we restored that so I can use it. I must say it makes this bass sound absolutely wonderful. BTW I have owned this bass for a year now.The GSR200FM always sounded good through the GK amps, and it sounds fantastic through the Ampeg, and when you find active electronics for this price, you know you found a deal. The P/J pickup configuration makes for many different tones, and when you crave extra low end, crank up the PHAT II bass boost to get deep lows. The jazz pickup works nicely for poppy music styles, but the P bass pickup isn't as edgy as I expected. The neck makes up for that, though. Very thin, smooth, and fast for a bass neck.I gave the quality a 3 because it needed an extensive setup out of the box, and something was wrong with the truss rod: you could actually hear it vibrating inside the neck while playing. Strange, I know, but I ignore it because it doesn't affect performance.Overall, a great deal for the price. Better basses are out there, but this bass beats others price twice as much.

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Mediocre at best

After abandoning bass playing for many years, I purchased this Ibanez for something to play as a hobby. My previous bass was a Fender Jazz purchased in 1967. The Ibanez seemed OK in...Read complete review

After abandoning bass playing for many years, I purchased this Ibanez for something to play as a hobby. My previous bass was a Fender Jazz purchased in 1967. The Ibanez seemed OK in the music store, but after owning it for a while I found that I was constantly adjusting the action as the neck was in a state of flux. The strings became so far away from the frets that I brought it to a luthier and had the neck adjusted. It needs adjusting again after less than a year. It is warping like an old piece of 2 by 4. There is also annoying fret buzz. Good luck trying to get an answer from anyone at Ibanez. They do not answer US Mail or email. They do not list any phone numbers either. You may be better off purchasing something else.

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5.0

GREAT VALUE

By LONZO

from Lewisville, TX

I've been playing 6 string guitar for a lot of years and decided to try my hand at bass. I got this bass for Christmas, and can't put it down. Instead of trying to find the different sounds from the bass I'm just playing bass lines and getting use to the wide frets and big strings. So I can't say much about the variable sounds, but this is one nice beginners bass. I didn't have to make one adjustment to it. I love it. The only negative that I've found is the frets tend to protrude too far on the sides of the neck and it's kinda rough on the hand. But I would recommend this to any beginner. The first week I had it I would have recommended it to intermediates, too, but I stopped in a music store and played a Fender Precision Bass. If I stay with this, there may be a Fender in my future. But, this bass is still a great value.

 
5.0

Ibanez lefty

By Killinger

from Canada

I boutght this guitar at a guitar store, not through this site, but I figure another review wouldnt hurt. This bass is great. I'm a guitar player and all I needed was something of good quality for a decent price and I'm glad I found this bass. It's very light weight, close to a 6 string guitar. The neck is nice and thin, making it easier for someone with smaller hands like me to play. The 2 pickups [split coil and single Jazz style] are a good combination for beginners figuring out their sound. The bas boost knob is a nice touch. I found the stock action to be slightly high but can be easily fixed. My only issue with it is that the frets weren't filed very well on the sides of the fret board so my hands get thrashed up. Again, an easy fix. Overall a good bass. Good enough quality that you need not be embarrassed to pull it out in front of people.

 
3.0

Not Satisfied

By dlcjh

from Schulenburg, TX

After reading good reviews about the Ibanez GSR200FM 4-string bass, I ordered one. Well, I must have got the lemon of the bunch. The bass looks great. But, The buzzing and rattling were terrible and I could not get it adjusted right. The truss rod was already beyond adjustment. This item was made in China according to the label on the back and was not the quality I would expect from Ibanez.

 
5.0

AMAZING BASS!!!!

By JoshMosesBassGod

from The Glo, PA

I've had this bass for almost 2 years, and its the best bass I've ever played. ONLY thing wrong with it is the fret rattle. Get 'em filed down a bit and this is the only bass you will only need. I got it as my first bass and is perfect for beginners and intermediate players.

 
4.0

Good for the money!

By diskothek

from MA, USA

I got this bass a few weeks ago and it's been really good. The only bad thing is that I immediately had to get a fret filed down as it was buzzing and I needed a setup because the strings were way too low (buzzing on open). After getting that taken care of I see no flaws with this bass. I got the Sunburst looking finish which is really nice. The neck is thinner than most basses I've played which I really like. This bass is very playable and good for any level of experience from beginner to pro.

 
5.0

Great Bass

By MANIAC-PB_Fq

from MN

I love this bass. My friend owns it and I took it for a couple weeks to try it out. I loved it so much I didn't want to give it back. I am going to buy it when I get paid this week, because I always don't want to keep asking my friend to use his.

 
4.0

A good bass for it's price

By JV-LoWsm

from Lappeenranta, Finland

I've been playing this bass for 3 months now, and I must say that I'm impressed with it. It's not the best bass there is, but considering it's price, it's a great buy. It's features are limited but since it's mainly aimed to beginners, it's got more than enough. Frankly said, it's an awesome bass for beginners and easy to use. The sound is good too.

 
5.0

Great Bass

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

my first and only bass. I love it. I have it in a dark orange color. Never let me down. Great for starting out. Fingerboard is really easy to move around on especially if you have big hands like me. For sure worth the buy

 
5.0

bang for your buck

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Bought this bass a few years back, and love, love, love it. Also have the epiphone thunderbird, and the weight makes it hard to play for long, and that is why I play my ibanez 95% of the time. Sound is great, tone is good, and value is the best. Keeps tune without hassle, and if I had to do it again, this would still be the way to go. Can't stress enough how well built and balanced this bass is, and if you are looking to get in the game, this would be the best place to start. there is a reason this is their best selling.

 
5.0

Awsome, reliable, buy.

By thatguy257

from Hudson Valley, New York

This was my first bass. i got no complaints, great buy tends to stay in tune alot. (that's a good thing) sounds great minimum buzzing. good for anything really. didnt fail me yet.

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