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Ibanez GB200 Electric Guitar
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George Benson took jazz guitar to a whole new level. With Ibanez, he took THE jazz guitar to a new level as well. From the inlaid ebony bridge and ta...Click To Read More About This Product
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Taking the jazz guitar to a new level.
George Benson took jazz guitar to a whole new level. With Ibanez, he took THE jazz guitar to a new level as well. From the inlaid ebony bridge and tailpiece to the binding on the top, back, fretboard, peghead, and even on the f-holes, this is one amazing guitar. Its looks are further enhanced by a sunburst multi-ply pickguard, distinctive pearl bi- and tripartite fretboard inlays, and floral peghead inlay. Maple on the back and sides provides crisp projection that's mellowed by the carved solid spruce top. 2 Super 58 humbuckers deliver a warm, fat signal suited to the liquid stylings of GB himself and the neck dimensions are his optimum formula for free movement and ease of play.
- GB neck dimensions
- 3-piece mahogany/maple neck
- Maple back and sides
- Carved spruce top
- Ebony bridge, tailpiece
- 20-fret bound ebony fretboard with pearl inlays
- Two Super 58 humbuckers
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Great tone,playability and attention to detail are obvious here.This is my second new Ibanezpurchase(GB200 & AF207) and both guitars were setup and ready to play right out of the box!The GB200 is a nice alternative to the Gibson ES175.
I just put a used GB200 on layaway just an hour ago. I initially planned on getting a Jackson DK2 shredder, until I saw the guitar I've been dreaming about hanging on the wall right before my eyes. When I played it, I was astonished when it played as well as the GB10 - which I own. The neck is flat and thin like the GB10, with lighting quick maneuverability comparable to any solid-body shredder. Unlike the GB10, it has a full warm sound as a result of the regular sized humbuckers, as opposed to the mini-humbuckers on the GB10. In my opinion, this is a much better instrument than the Gibson ES-175 I used to own; both sonically, and most definitely in the playability department. Sure, the 8-9 grand L-5's are classics, but for less than $4000, you can own an instrument that's comparable in sound quality, and probably has a slight advantage in playability, and of course, is more cost effective than the Gibson archtop classics...
I note that the other ratings are very high on this - and I can't see why. This is a beautiful guitar. The cosmetics are outstanding - I found no flaws in the finish, save one small bump in the laquer on one of the f-holes. The sunburst is flawless. The frets are well finished and the action is outstanding. None of that matters unless the sound is wonderful. Well, for me, this is IT! For comparison, take a listen to "Deeper than you think" from 'Absolute Benson' Live. If you love that tone, this is your instrument! The pickups generate a full round tone, and combined with the perfect pot voicing on both pickups, the sound is perfect jazz. Clean not-too-bright highs, and warm, resonant lows that never become muddy as you roll back the tone. What more could you want? I've checked out the 335 (own one), 137, 175, L-4, and Jazzica - this has the sound that my ear has craved. Is there a down side? The requisite jazz box caveats (e.g., volume) do apply. Needless to say, I am more than happy with this instrument. My thanks to George Benson and Ibanez!
Even response when plugged into an amp. Comfortable neck. Set up from factory is very good.
George Benson when on Larry King Live, CNN, played the GB200 and it was noticed that he placed a piece of Cellophane tape over the top F hole. When asked about this, it was mentioned that feed back is a problem on this guitar. This is not the case with the GB10 series!
I just bought this brand new Ibanez Gb-200 and it arrived a month ago. It's absolutely superb. And it's the most confortable jazz archtop I've ever played. Great feeling Great tone all 5's. Played thru a Polytone and straight in line and the sound is Benson 100%. Anyhow you need to have Benson's hands and thinking to sound like him. I apreciate this guitar more than the Gb 10 cuz it has a more Jazz oriented sound Very Very Warm and Nice. With a little drive it can give you a very Scofieldish feel to it. And with both pickups and the treble rolled off a bit you can get a nice funky sound. I love this guitar and I woudlnt sell it for anything else. It's a must have.
I had an Ibanez Joe Pass signature JP20 from 1980 and it's the best jazz guitar I never play. Now I buy This George Benson and it's so good like the Joe Pass. For me the Joe Pass is a 10 guitar and this one its near so good. If you want a good jazz guitar at a good price maybe it's your choice.
If you are a jazzer this is THE instrument. However, I found the feel of the neck to be a bit cheap like plastic, and the output is a little low. Aside from that, the guitar sounds great and I'm pleased with it.