Ibanez GSR206SMNGT GIO - Spalted Maple Top Natural Grey Burst

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

With looks, tone, and playability that greatly exceed its price tag, this Ibanez GIO GSR206SM 6-string electric bass guitar offers amazing value. This GIO GSR206SM'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 GSR206SM's DXH-6 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 GSR206SM 6-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 GSR206SM 6-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 GSR206SM 6-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-6 pickups serve up fat, punchy tone
  • B16 bridge gives you impressive sustain
  • Phat II EQ enhances your tone's low end
This Ibanez GIO GSR206SM 6-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 6
Color Natural Grey Burst
Body Material Spalted Maple Top/Mahogany Body
Body Finish Urethane
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape GSR6
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay White dots
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 2.126"
Bridge/Tailpiece B16 bridge
Tuners Black
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup DXH-6
Bridge Pickup DXH-6
Controls 2 x volume, 1 x tone, 1 x Phat II EQ
Manufacturer Part Number GSR206SMNGT

Customer Reviews

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Fantasic cheapie!

I've wanted a 6er since day one of playing bass over a decade ago. This bass appealed to me because I wanted to see how I liked playing with 6 stings without breaking the bank. It looks WAY better than the cost suggests.It plays WAY better than I thought it would. (My arrived with a great, low setup). Great craftsmanship for a budget instrument. The only problem I found was one of the holes for the battery cover screws was stripped out; but the cover stays in place and has zero effect on the bass's playability. I was wary of the string spacing, but I find it rather comfortable, and I have giant sausage fingers.Be warned: it is a little neck dive-y. Nothing drastic, but noticeable every now and again. The sound is pretty dang good. I mean, the electronics are stock, so you can find some awful awful sounds in them. But it's balanced by the fact that with a little tweaking, there are a lot of wonderful tones you can dial up.Absolutely recommend it for a first 6er!
Music background: Hobbyist

for the money you can't beat

I wanted a bass to play around with when I wasn't playing guitar and decided to go with a 6 string bass so I could have the extra octaves of the B and high C strings. This bass is very well built and sounds excellent for the price, If you are looking for a affordable 6 string bass I would highly recommend this one or if you want to try one out without spending a lot this fits that bill......Only thing that suprised me was the fact it didn't have a 5 piece neck when my 4 string has a 5 piece neck but my 4 is a higher end bass so maybe that's why. Anyways you will not be disappointed going with this bass
Music background: hobbyist

Recent 6 string purchase

You really can't go wrong buying Ibanez. Affordable and great tone, easy to play, hard to put down. The active pickups give the player that little extra push you don't get out of most basses.
See also: 6-string bass guitars, Ibanez, Ibanez 6+ string Bass Guitars