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Ibanez GSR205SM 5-String Electric Bass Guitar Natural Gray Burst

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An affordable, lightweight 5-string, perfect for a new player or a working musician with quality electronics, gorgeous spalted maple top and exclusiv...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 07-25-2018

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Spalted maple top.

An affordable, lightweight 5-string, perfect for a new player or a working musician with quality electronics, gorgeous spalted maple top and exclusive finish.

For more than 25 years, Ibanez Soundgear series have 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, and its beautiful Flamed Maple top on GSR205SM will stand out on the stage, studio,or anywhere.

The Ibanez DXH-5 pickups are broad in terms of response and have great dynamic range. Add to that the dual volume controls and the tone control, and you get a wide selection of available tones. Kick in the Phat II active bass boost and you add a low-end presence that rocks, funks and swings like you want it to.

The Ibanez inspection and setup process is among the best in the industry, and your GSR205SM bass will arrive ready to play right out of the box.

Shape: C
Wood: Maple
Neck joint: 4-Bolt
Scale length: 34"
Truss rod: Yes
Finish: Gloss

Active or passive: Passive
Configuration: SS
Neck: Single-coil
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: Single-coil
Brand: Ibanez
Series or parallel: Both
Active preamp: Not applicable
Special electronics: Phat II bass boost

Material: Rosewood
Radius: 12"
Fret size: Medium
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Dot
Nut material: Plastic
Nut width: 1.77" (45mm)
Neck width at 12 fret:

Style: Double cutaway
Construction: Solidbody
Body wood: Mahogany
Top wood: Maple
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right-handed

Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, master tone
Pickup switch: No
Coil tap or split: Not applicable
Tone switching: No
Special switching: No

Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: 4-Saddle standard
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Enclosed
Color: Black

Number of strings: 5
Pickguard: No
Special features: Not applicable
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: User kit
Country of origin: Indonesia

Order today and enjoy affordable Ibanez quality.

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IbanezGSR205SM 5-String Electric Bass Guitar

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Very Nice bass, especially for the price

By Seasoned Goat Bassist

from UT

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel


  • None Really

Best Uses

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

Comments about Ibanez GSR205SM 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

This bass is put together well and looks great with the spalted maple top. Hardware is perfectly usable and not bad at all, but obviously not high-end. As I expected, the pickups and electronics were decent, but nothing spectacular. They were acceptable to gig with, once everything was set up properly. The B-string was a bit muddy, though. Not bad... but not the greatest either. What do you expect for 3 bills? So, I ended up swapping the pickups and the electronics with an EMG active system (2-band BTS EQ and DC pickups). Wow! This bass now sounds about $1500 more expensive than it is. Warm, clear sound. The B-string is tight and clear. I couldn't have asked for more. It's not "sterile" at all (as some people claim EMG pickups are). Actually quite organic and warm... but very clear, no mud, and a nice even response over the entire frequency spectrum with this bass. Sounds good for pretty much every technique and genre of music. Slap sound is great. Fingerstyle sound is great--big sound out of the neck pickup; tight "Jaco sound" out of the bridge pickup.

I actually like the body shape of the GSR more than the regular SR basses. Well, okay, the shape is the same, but the corners are beveled more like a typical bass on the GSR, rather than thinned down like the SR basses. And the gloss finish is really very nice. It's SUPER light. Great for my aging back and for sound resonance.

I've gotten several comments on how nice that spalted wood looks and how nice the bass sounds.

This is a very nice bass as built (stock). It's a killer bass with pickup/preamp mods. Overall, you can't go wrong buying it. I'm going to get the 6-string version just because I like this one so much.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


What once was good, no longer is

By ThurdBass

from Mesquite

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer


  • Good Feel
  • Lightweight


  • Poor quality electronics

Best Uses

    Comments about Ibanez GSR205SM 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    I don't know what happened with these new (2018+) GSR205SM basees, but the electronics/wiring truly suck. Two different guitars: would play wonderfully for about 10 minutes then start fading to scratchy muddiness. Unplugging, then re-plugging the cable bought another 5 minutes or so. Tried new batteries, new cable, still the same results.

    I, and a local luthier suspect a flaky component on the ersatz bass boost module.

    Ibanez was totally useless in troubleshooting and finding a solution. Returned for a refund.

    Pros: Great looks and ergonomics, light weight

    Cons: Electronics do not work reliably, you are on your own warranty-wise, unless you want to spend 50 each way to send it back to the factory for analysis.

    Summary: Must be a reason there are so many of these (used), under 170

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Good 5 String for the price.

    By twoguncrowley

    from austin, texas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer


    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • very light


    • Colorpicture Misleading
    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Ibanez GSR205SM 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    Picked this up because of the picture. Thought it was just a beautiful 5 string and have had great luck with Ibanez basses in the past. It has a great feel and decent tone and is extremely light. The actual product however isn't near as nice looking as the pictures I've seen online. I usually buy in store if it's not special order but figured how far off could it be? The answer...pretty far. The wood tone isn't near as bright and it doesn't have as much black around the outside as seen in the pics. If you want something a little darker and more subtle then you wouldn't be disappointed. However, if you like that bright wood and black contrast then you need to see one in person. I'm very happy with where I'm able to position my hand for fingering and slap bass so I'm giving it 4 stars but I can't say it looked like what I expected.

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