Excellent bass, with beautiful maple top, especially for the price
I just got this bass this morning, but didn't have time to take it out of the box until late afternoon; it was exquisite torture, waiting...anyway, it's much lighter than I expected. Having had 4 (count'em) back surgeries, weight was a real concern. But it's fairly light, and put together really well, and looks great with the book-matched top wood. As always, the packing was more than adequate. The Ibanez case for this bass was out of stock, so I got a Gator GL Bass semi-rigid gig bag, & the GSR205 fits well, although the A-string tuner barely touches the padding; but I always tune up every time I pick up any guitar, so that's not a problem; it was about the cost of a set of strings less than the Ibanez case...
After a few very minor adjustments, it plays & sounds nice. The neck is really fast; thin, but substantial enough to get a good grip on it. It has a good balance & contour; I've acquired a bit of a gut, so the belly scarf is in just the right place for me.
I know there are better instruments available, but anyone would be hard-pressed to find a bass that plays & looks as nice as this one does for anywhere near the price. It's just what I was looking for.
Once again, Sweetwater came through with a great deal. Jimmy Hart has always gone above & beyond, and the guys in Shipping sweetened the deal with some extra of my favorites (Atomic Fireballs). Thanks, guys; after these sweets, I gotta have some water...heheheh