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Ibanez GSR205 5-String Electric Bass  Flat Walnut Rosewood fretboard

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For more than 25 years, Ibanez Soundgear series has given bass players a modern alternative. With its continued popularity, Ibanez is constantly ende...Click To Read More About This Product

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An affordable, lightweight 5-string perfect for a new player or a working musician, with Phat II active powerful bass boost.

For more than 25 years, Ibanez Soundgear series has given bass players a modern alternative. With its continued popularity, Ibanez is constantly endeavoring to answer the wider needs of a variety of players, at a variety of budgets. But no matter what the specs, the heart is the same-SR continues to excite with its smooth, fast neck, lightweight body and perfectly matched electronics. Its Phat II active bass boost adds additional low-end power more than any other basses in this price range.

FEATURES
  • Neck type: GSR5 Maple neck
  • Body: Mahogany body
  • Fretboard: Rosewood fretboard w/White dot inlay
  • Fret: Medium frets
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Bridge: B15 bridge
  • Neck pu: DXH-6 neck pu (Passive)
  • Bridge pu: DXH-6 bridge pu (Passive)
  • Equaliser: Phat II eq

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IbanezGSR205 5-String Electric Bass
 
4.7

(based on 3 reviews)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great entry-level 5-string

By Matt

from Denver

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Looks Gorgeous
  • Solid construction
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Action Needs Adjusting
  • Knobs Aren't Intuitive
  • Tone Pots Not Intuitive
  • Tonevol Not Intuitive

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Learning
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Electric Bass:

I am a guitarist of 10+ years, and I needed a bass for recording purposes, but wasn't looking to spend a lot - After doing research, this seemed like the best 5-string for under 300 USD.

I really liked the bass on first impressions - I received the natural brown finish, and absolutely love the way it looks with the black hardware. Like most websites, the photos don't do it justice, and the finish is a much prettier dark-brown in-person.

The bass plays and sounds great, stays in tune, and feels comfortable against your body for long periods of time. The only thing I had to adjust on the guitar when I first received it was the action - it's a bit high from the factory, and had a lot of room to be dropped without any fret-buzz. After adjusting the action, making the strings easier to press, I was able to play it for much longer periods without my fingers getting fatigued.

My only real complaints with the bass are that it seems to have a pretty narrow tone-range, the built-in preamp can unfortunately add a lot of unwanted noise, and the tone/vol knobs aren't very intuitive - I find myself fiddling with them often, without being able to distinguish any resulting difference in the tone being produced. That said, the main tone it does kick out does sound very good.

Overall I'd highly recommend this bass for anyone needing an entry-level 5-string, or an inexpensive workhorse that gets the job done in the studio.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

nice color and wood grain.

By stanford

from new hampshire

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

    Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Electric Bass:

    I had an old Ibanez 4 string years ago....and loved it for its light weight and smooth neck.so I figured id step up to a 5 string. I love the boost knob and the color and finish is nice. only two gripes about this bass guitar...a little fret buzzing and the frets should have bin filed down more.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My first Five String!

    By Doot

    from Charlotte, NC

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Light Weight

    Cons

    • Little Tone Control
    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Ibanez GSR205 5-String Electric Bass:

    Tone itself is pretty decent for me, though the tone control is minimal. This is expected at such a low price, though. It has a "boom" knob (smallest knob) which i'm guessing is a bass boost. I traded for it at a local shop, and the action couldn't be better, which is expected from Ibanez. For my first five string, it's been great, it's like i've had it for years and it's only been about a week. I haven't picked up my p-bass since i've gotten it, and that says something.

    If you want to explore into the world of B, go ahead and snag one.

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