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Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass

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A quality 5-string affordably priced!

Its agathis body is comfortably shaped and sculpted and its neck shape is easy to play. 2 Powersound pickups and passive EQ give it plenty of tonal range.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Compositer body--lightweight and comfortable
Slender neck
High output
Case sold separately
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IbanezGSR205 5-String Bass
 
4.7

(based on 58 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great first 5 string...

Overall i give this bass a very high rating. I've been playing 4 string bass for 10+ years and decided to start adding in 5 string bass to my playing and I got a...Read complete review

Overall i give this bass a very high rating. I've been playing 4 string bass for 10+ years and decided to start adding in 5 string bass to my playing and I got a chance to get a used one of these at a great price. After playing it and a couple of other 5 strings they had I grabbed this - it blew the others away in sound and bang for the buck. I can't say enough about this bass - just a great overall 5 string for anyone who wants to get into playing a 5 string but doesn't want to spend a ton of cash until they find out if it's for them. The only thing i wish is that they would offer more colors - mine was the basic black and they only have the orange - i would have liked a metalic red or maybe white with black hardware would be nice. But - i guess they keep the cost low by minimizing colors. I would rather have good solid features and playability over looks any day. I can recommend this as a great first bass for anyone just getting into bass or who wants to try out playing 5 string but wants the best bang for the buck - this is the bass to get - hands down.
Nice sleek neck - easy to play. Tuning is stable. Decent top load bridge but would have liked a through body loaded one - may change to a different bridge later but it works for now. The controls are - volume for neck pup, volume for bridge pup, master tone and the Phatt II control that boosts the bass. This is not an active bass - the pickups are passive - but the Phatt II control is a booster pre-amp that will fatten up your sound. The pickups are nice soap bar type pickups - a bit more bassy than jazz bass style pups so more meat to them so they will work better for harder core music. These are not active pups - the bass boost comes from the booster circuit that is connected to the Phatt II control (smaller knob) that uses the battery and a small cirtuit board to boost the bass level and really fatten up the sound. The 2 volume controls and the tone control are all passive pots and work just like standard jazz bass control layout.
Ibanez always makes great quality instruments. I have an Ibanez acoustic from back in 1980 that i still have and it is a fantastic guitar and still plays and sounds excellent. I can't believe how great the quality is of these inexpensive Ibanez bass guitars. If i was a newbie this is the bass i would definately get. The workmanship and inspection is very high compared to many other low cost beginner instruments. Great quality.
Once again - for a low priced beginner instrument this is one of the best values you can get. I played several other low priced 5 strings when comparing (and a few higher priced ones) and found that - for the price - this blows the others away.

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Good For Starters.

This is a good instrument for a person who has only been playing for a few months or is just learning bass. It sounds good at first, but after about 5 or so...Read complete review

This is a good instrument for a person who has only been playing for a few months or is just learning bass. It sounds good at first, but after about 5 or so months, it starts to sound like ****. The pick-ups are ok, the bridge is poorly manufactured, and the the bass on whole tends to be poorly put together. If you're just starting up and looking for a good starter 5-string, look no further, but if you're experienced, don't buy this cause you will not be satisfied.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great first 5 string...

By Bones

from Santa Cruz, CA

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Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

Overall i give this bass a very high rating. I've been playing 4 string bass for 10+ years and decided to start adding in 5 string bass to my playing and I got a chance to get a used one of these at a great price. After playing it and a couple of other 5 strings they had I grabbed this - it blew the others away in sound and bang for the buck. I can't say enough about this bass - just a great overall 5 string for anyone who wants to get into playing a 5 string but doesn't want to spend a ton of cash until they find out if it's for them. The only thing i wish is that they would offer more colors - mine was the basic black and they only have the orange - i would have liked a metalic red or maybe white with black hardware would be nice. But - i guess they keep the cost low by minimizing colors. I would rather have good solid features and playability over looks any day. I can recommend this as a great first bass for anyone just getting into bass or who wants to try out playing 5 string but wants the best bang for the buck - this is the bass to get - hands down.
Nice sleek neck - easy to play. Tuning is stable. Decent top load bridge but would have liked a through body loaded one - may change to a different bridge later but it works for now. The controls are - volume for neck pup, volume for bridge pup, master tone and the Phatt II control that boosts the bass. This is not an active bass - the pickups are passive - but the Phatt II control is a booster pre-amp that will fatten up your sound. The pickups are nice soap bar type pickups - a bit more bassy than jazz bass style pups so more meat to them so they will work better for harder core music. These are not active pups - the bass boost comes from the booster circuit that is connected to the Phatt II control (smaller knob) that uses the battery and a small cirtuit board to boost the bass level and really fatten up the sound. The 2 volume controls and the tone control are all passive pots and work just like standard jazz bass control layout.
Ibanez always makes great quality instruments. I have an Ibanez acoustic from back in 1980 that i still have and it is a fantastic guitar and still plays and sounds excellent. I can't believe how great the quality is of these inexpensive Ibanez bass guitars. If i was a newbie this is the bass i would definately get. The workmanship and inspection is very high compared to many other low cost beginner instruments. Great quality.
Once again - for a low priced beginner instrument this is one of the best values you can get. I played several other low priced 5 strings when comparing (and a few higher priced ones) and found that - for the price - this blows the others away.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I found Ricky's 5-String brother...

By RSMH

from Temple Hills, MD

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Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

Since 1978 my primary bass guitar has been a Rickenbacker 4001 Stereo bass I named 'Ricky'. I also own Fender Jazz and Precision basses, and all of the above are 4-string axes. When I visited my local music center in search of a 'Low B' (5-string) I HAD to have this bass guitar. Although I did test the more pricy guitars, the feel and string spacing of this Ibanez bass resembled that of 'Ricky' and the others just did not compare. When it was time I replaced the original strings with some 'Blue Steel' and the sound is unbelievable! Other bass players that have heard it have admired and given it high praises. Bravo, Ibanez, you now have me thinking about a '6-string'!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent if you want to jump to a 5 string

By Skybss

from Michoacan, Mex

Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

Jumping from a heavy 4 string Epiphone to this beauty was an awesome experience! It's narrow and comfortable neck is a highlight, I found string spacing not to be a prob. Sound is also great and it has a beautiful rounded shape. I have been using it actively for 3 yrs to now and have to say, it's light weight is definitely one of my favorite features, additionally tuning is very very stable, requiring only small adjustments if weather changes. On the other hand, I had some problems with electronics, some re-welding was needed, battery replacement ain't easy, an snap-on lid would be preferable, but that`s it. With more pros than cons (price included), this bass is a very good choice, it won't disappoint you.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best purchase I've ever made.

By Lumpy James Peters

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

I'm just your average metal-head trying to get famous and this guitar has provided me and my band with the feel and drive that has brought us to where we are today. Ibanez, I sencerly thank you for creating such a beautiful instrument. I would recommend this bass to anyone that has an intense thirst for metal.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love it

By Dylan Beam

from Oregon

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Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

great beginner bass or someone who just wants a 5 string. idk how it would go professionally, but it sounds professional to me
I'm a new bass player so I don't know how good the features are but as you can see it has 4 knobs and 5 strings. more than enough for me
great beginner bass. I have no experience, so I honestly don't know how it compares to others but I love it
great price for a 5 string it seems

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BIG Growl for SMALL $$$

By Bassique1217

from Warren, OH

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

    Picked one up in a pawn shop for a steal, but would have payed full price for this! It's not expensive and very solid. Played it non-stop and only had to tune it once a week! It has a piano-like growl to the low end, similar to a Warwick. If you are looking to get into the world of 5-strings, this is a good place to start!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    killer bass

    By mlafrancis

    from Middle Granville, New York

    Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

    This was my second bass and now my main bass. Ive had it for about 2 years.I have the B string tuned to a drop D, instead of B. I like it better that way.You can do anything with this bass. I use a Zoom B1 effects pedel, and on any of the settings it sounds amazing. Its good for any genre. I Highly reccomend this bass.The only problem I had with it is that I thoguht it was a little bit plain. So I used green electrical tape to use as fret inlays. It looks sick. Great bass, you wont be disapointed with this bass. Ibanez Rocks!!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Mean Sounding Monster

    By Dylan Shealy

    from Leesville, SC

    Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

    I bought this bass Christmas of 2006, and I am very pleased with it. I had it re-strung after I bought it at a local music shop. Four shaping knobs on this bad boy really give you a variety of sounds!! It is definitely not a bass that has features that serve no purpose. The neck plays incredibly fast. Great overall!! I recommend this to anyone, especially if you still want money in your pocket afterwards!!

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Well..it's helped.

    By Thomas-OCs2p

    from Texas.

    Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

    I got this bass bout' two years ago.Since then, I have not taken any care whatsoever of it, and it's still pretty dirty. However, it still has played great throughout that entire time, the tone is kinda mediocre, if you want something better, go for an esp of equal price.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    unbeatable quality for the price.

    By Audeo

    from Rohnert Park, CA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Any Venue For
      • Any Venue Size
      • Jamming
      • Rock Concerts
      • To

      Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

      Great for that signature Fieldy sound. I play through a Behringer, and the pickups have almost no unwanted feed back. Of course though, playing with some bite will cause feed back, but even then, it's minuscule. This thing is loud too, and the pickups equal that of an EMG in my honest opinion. Over all, for the price, whether you're a professional or a beginner, it's hard to pass this bass up!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This Bass is a keeper

      By Dave Basham

      from Uniontown, Indiana

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Christian Worship Band
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

        I have had this 5 string for a couple of weeks now and it is fabulous. I already had the 4 string version and an AS73 Ibanez so I was not surprised by the quality. I expected it and I am not disappointed. I have a couple of SX basses and the action is better on the Ibanez. The active electronics are nice too. I have a Squier telecaster and a Squier vintage custom telecaster. They are great guitars but for the money I decided to go for the GSR 205. I am happy I made this choice.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Value/Great player

        By Dave Basham

        from Uniontown, Indiana

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues
          • Southern Gospel Band

          Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

          This bass came ready to play. The tuning was about a half step down on all strings. Tuned up and action was right on. Have not checked intonation yet but neck is adjusted and the bass sounds great with no buzz. I play music in Church and do home recording. Played bass in Southern Gospel band (Ibanez GSR 200) which is why I bought the five string version.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing...

          By GeePhil

          from Rio Rancho, NM

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          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

            Ibanez never ceases to amaze me with their basses. I wanted to try a 5 string and after reading numerous reviews on different lower priced basses I figured I would try this one. Great guitar. Received it with no damage, just needed a little tweak in tuning. Perfect string height, no fret buzz, great intonation. I like my new toy.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Bass EVER

            By Marcus H-QaRSL

            from Los Alamos, NM

            Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

            I play Rythm guitar in my band but got this bass as a gift four months ago and showed it to our bands bassist. Now he has completly forgotten his bass and plays mine all the time at practice and it sounds even better then before. It has so cool features to like the boost knob which gives it that great and wonderful feel of even more power that you are putting out! Plus it's a great starter 5 string and I looked for it at other places on the and I never found a better deal then here.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            THIS BASS IS SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            By lil Jimmy Hendrix

            from columbia,sc

            Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

            Ever since my granddad purchased this bass for me I could not keep my hands off of it. There is no comparison between my washburn and my ibanez. I LOVE THIS BASS

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Brilliant Guitar!

            By SteelBassist, Kale Ray

            from Ocean Springs, MS

            Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

            I did'nt purchase this guitar from this site, in fact, I bought it used in perfect condition for $130.00, but I know I got a good deal. This guitar has a brilliant sound and is ideal for all types of music! Though it only has three knobs, I find little use in them, so don't find the lack in knobs a fault. There all you will realy need. I love the shape and color of this guitar. It really has a shine on stage, my bandmates really agree aswell. Ibanez succeeds yet again with another great guitar.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Middle Range 5-String

            By hommytoffman

            from Iowa

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            Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

            I've owned this guitar for about a year now. I've been impressed with Ibanez as a brand and this guitar is no let down. Sound quality is overall very good, but I never have my picups up high (or at all) just because the sound of them is much more jazzy than what I want out of a guitar. The boost knob is a nice concept but I never find myself using it just because sometimes it can produce a very fuzzy and generally dirtier sound and is much better achieved through an effects pedal. What I've found I like most about this guitar though is that it is VERY light compared to most basses.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            SameAzU

            By SameAzU

            from Kansas

            Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

            This was my first 5 string experience, and I found this bass to be a good introductory 5 string. The narrow neck at the nut, and string spacing make it so you don't feel as though you're playing a 2x6. I find the action to be ok and the "fit" of the bass is comfortable.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Neat bass

            By Guitarzan-jgIRp

            from RBS, Tennessee

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            Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

            Ibanez quality is prominently evidenced in this guitar. It boasts a very nice finish, tuners that don't slip, very nice pickups, and well-placed controls. My only complaint is the neck, which is actually very comfortable, just so narrow as to make the string spacing slightly tight causing confusion to a player transitioning from a 4-string to a 5-string. I'm quite fond of this guitar, and highly recommend it.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Pros and Cons

            By Diezel

            from Ontario Canada

            Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Bass:

            iv played this bass for a year and 3 months and i like the bass for its active boost its 5thB string. good for anything..the pros i found were the active pickup thin neck easy to play .Cons are alot of adjustments for down tuning repairs for the strap button, not so clear on the Bstring. I like the bass for what i play low end jazz style not so much treble and for tuning down. with the right adjusment on the neck its perfect if your in for a 5 string bass for anytype of music this mite be the bass for you

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