Ibanez GSR205SMNGT GIO - Spalted Maple Top Natural Grey Burst

5-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, Spalted Maple Top, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and Active Bass Boost - Natural Grey Burst
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Affordability, Playability, and Looks!

This value-priced Ibanez GIO GSR205SM 5-string electric bass guitar's looks, tone, and playability greatly exceed its price tag. This GIO GSR205SM's tonewood combination gives you a full yet punchy growl that absolutely rocks. Also, you'll find that this bass's contoured shape and slim neck profile provide you with amazing comfort and playability. You'll love the way that this GIO GSR205SM's DXH-5 pickups kick you in the chest with their fat, punchy tone. On top of that, an active Phat II EQ adds phenomenal girth to your sound. With this Ibanez GIO GSR205SM 5-string electric bass guitar in your hands, you'll keep the band grooving all night long. Got questions? Sweetwater Sales Engineers are bass guitar gurus. Give us a call!

Ibanez GIO GSR205SM 5-string Electric Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • GIO series delivers budget-conscious quality
  • Ibanez - a brief history
GIO series delivers budget-conscious quality

Ibanez developed the GIO series for players who demand Ibanez quality in a budget-conscious package. Featuring excellent tonewoods, first-rate electronics, and exceptional playability, GIO series electric guitars and basses provide beginners and value-minded musicians with an authentic, Ibanez-branded instrument. The GIO series proves that a guitar doesn't have to cost a bundle to sound good!

Ibanez - a brief history

Ibanez began its life in 1908 as the Hoshino Gakki company in Nagoya, Japan; however, the company didn't get into the guitar business until 1929, when they started importing Salvador Ibanez guitars from Spain. In 1935, Hoshino Gakki began building Spanish acoustic guitars under the "Ibanez Salvador" name, which was later shortened to "Ibanez." Although Ibanez began manufacturing electric guitars in 1957, the company was relatively unknown in the West until the 1960s, when they started producing guitars based on American designs. By the late 1970s, Ibanez had stopped producing derivative guitars and had begun manufacturing the original designs that the company is now known for. Ibanez is also famous for their effect pedals (most notably the Tube Screamer) and guitar amplifiers.

Ibanez GIO GSR205SM 5-string Electric Bass Guitar Features:
  • Tonewood combination gives you a full yet punchy growl
  • Spalted maple top provides a beautiful, classy appearance
  • Contoured body and slim neck profile give you amazing playing comfort and speed
  • DXH-5 pickups serve up fat, punchy tone
  • B15 bridge gives you impressive sustain
  • Phat II EQ enhances your tone's low end
This Ibanez GIO GSR205SM 5-string electric bass guitar gives you lots of boom for your buck!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape GIO
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color Natural Grey Burst
Body Material Spalted Maple Top/Mahogany Body
Body Finish Urethane
Neck Material Spalted Maple
Neck Shape GSR5
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.772"
Bridge/Tailpiece B15 bridge
Tuners Black
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup DXH-5
Bridge Pickup DXH-5
Controls 2 x volume, 1 x tone, 1 x Phat II EQ
Manufacturer Part Number GSR205SMNGT

Customer Reviews

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GSR205SM 5 STRING BASS

i GOT THIS BASS TO BOTH TRY A 5 STRING, AND TO GIVE MY VINTAGE 73 GUILD GS2 A TRAVEL BREAK .I LOVE THE GUITAR IN EVERY WAY. THE TONE IS GREAT AND VERY ADAPTABLE TO VARIOUS STYLES OF PLAYING.THE GUITAR FEELS AND LOOKS GREAT. I PLAYED IT OUT AT A CHURCH FUNCTION AND GOT" THE LOOK" FROM ALLTHE OTHER BAND MEMBERS WHEN THE LOW B BLASTED OUT .I DID ALOT OF RESEARCH AND COMPARASINS BEFORE BUYING THIS BASS AND IT WAS A GREAT DEAL. I WOULD RECCOMEND IT TO ANYONE WHO EITHER WANTS TO TRY A 5 STRING OR WANTS A QUALITY INSTRUMENT AT A VERY GOOD PRICE. I GOT THIS FROM SWEETWATER AND WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE LEVEL OF CUSTOMER SERVICE, PRICING, AND FOLLOWUP ON THE EXPERIENCE. CHRIS S, YOURE THE MAN! IF ANYONE IS CONSIDERING THIS AXE, GO AND TRY IT AND I WILL BET YOU WILL LIKE IT. IT TRAVELS WITH ME 1-2 X A WEEK AND ALWAYS HOLDS A TUNE, AND IT WAS -18 DEGREES OUT LAST WEEK.
Music background: have been playing since 1988. played with several bands, now in a praise band and play out at festivals or when needed.
4.5/5

Great Bass for the Money

This is a super-slick playing bass for the money--couldn't possibly beat it. It's easy to get the action as low as you want, and it stays in tune beautifully. The pickups are a little dark than I would like, but they sound great and could easily be swapped out for more jazz-bass-ish sounding soapbars. The active circuit is great for adding a little growl to your sound. All in all, a great instrument for the money, and super fun to play.
Music background: 10+ years playing guitar, bass, drums
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