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Ibanez GSR205FM 5-String Bass Guitar
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Whether you're a guitarist who wants to add bass to your repertoire, or completely new to stringed instruments and like the low end sound of a bass g...Read More
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Easy to play, easy to afford!
Whether you're a guitarist who wants to add bass to your repertoire, or completely new to stringed instruments and like the low end sound of a bass guitar, this 5-string bass from Ibanez is a great place to start. Its mahogany body has the professional comfort and playability of their more expensive and popular Soundgear series at a much more affordable price. The flamed maple top with its darkened outer edges combined with the chrome hardware give it a stylish look, while the DXS-1 neck and DXS-2 bridge pickups give it the high output levels you'll be wanting. Round out your sound with the onboard Phat II EQ controls. All around, this is a great introductory electric bass, at a great introductory price.
- 5 string
- GSR5 neck
- Mahogany body
- Flamed maple top
- Medium frets
- B15 bridge
- DXS-1 neck pickup
- DXS-2 bridge pickup
- Phat II EQ
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I just got this bass and I was a little skeptical about the price and how the overall quality was going to be on this 5 string. It is everything i'd hoped it would be and then some! I read the reviews on this before I made my decision and I'm not disappointed. The color on the bass is alot more black then the picture shows, which I kinda like. It plays very well and it doesn't have any fret buzz. The B string sounds sweet! It isn't that heavy, so you can play all night long and it won't be hard on your shoulder and back. Beings it is a lighter guitar I was worried about the sustain and it sustains just as long as my 4 string that is much heavier. Overall, for the money, you can't go wrong with this purchase.
I was a little bit skeptical about this bass having played the SR305 that had extreme buzzing on the 5th string. This bass has a great balance and fast neck. This is great for slap or finger playing both of which I do. The pickups could be better but not bad for the price. The controls could really be a volume but for the sake of everyone else a volume and tone would do just fine. Great value, amazing playability. Try it.
I was so pumped for this bass, it came in, and it was not that color at all. It was almost all black, so I was pretty bummed. On the plus side of things, it play really nice. Has a good sound, I'm not to impressed with crappy plastic knobs, but it is actually pretty descent! I think after a few modifications, this bass will be a keeper.
I just bought this bass and I still can't believe how good it is! I consider myself a guitar player but I've been playing bass on and off for 40 years now, so I know basses pretty well. I was looking for a good instrument that plays well with good tone but no fancy extras that I won't use anyway.I have two other Ibanez guitars (including a 30-year-old GB-10) and they have been great. This bass has the same attention to detail and terrific sound.Don't believe that crap that says this is a beginner's bass or starter bass. This is a great working bass that's not to heavy to play all night but has the sound you want for playing live or recording.Best value for the price! And the only reason I didn't give it 5.0 for features is that there must be other features people look for (not me though, so maybe it SHOULD be 5.0).
Overall, I would have to say I am very happy with this bass. It is my first 5 string, so maybe I'm a little partial, but this bass sounds good. The tone is quite good for a bass in this price range, but that's what I would expect from Ibanez. The onlt thing I would've changed about this would be I would like EMG Pickups on it. And wouldn't you know, another bass guitar with EMG's went on sale right after I bought this one, and for the same price, too! Anyway, after thinking about returning it, I decided against it. I was already attached to it. It has a really nice color to it, somewhere of a cross between the gray that's shown here, and a dark green. You can't get much better for a new 5 string, and being an Ibanez, you can assure a quality instrument. Also, after putting some Ernie Ball strings on it, and having a decent amp to plug it into, I'm sure anyone who knows how to set up their bass will enjoy this as much as I did. GET THIS BASS if you want an affordable, good sounding, and well constructed bass.
This Ibanez is my first 5 string. It is a good beginner's bass. I have another Ibanez, the 4 string Ergodyne, and I love that one, too. The only thing I would change about this would be I would like to have EMG pickups on it. But, for the value, and the tone, you can't go wrong with this bass. I put a set of Ernie Ball Regular Slinkys on this, and it has a nice tone. I would recommend this bass to anyone just based on it's value and price, but overall, it is a really decent bass. After I got it, the Spector 5 string went on sale, and I would've wanted to trade this in initially, because that one has EMG pickups, but decided against it. BTW, this is a beautiful bass. Another reason I can't part with it. I now have 2 Ibanez's, and I don't think they can make a bad bass if they tried. Maybe I'm biased because it's my first 5, but I love Ibanez's. My next 5 is gonna be a Schecter, though. If you want an affordable, very playable, and good sounding bass to try out, I highly recommend this one. HIGHLY.