Ibanez GWB35 - Black Flat

5-string Electric Bass with Basswood Body, 3-pc Maple Neck, Fretless Ebony Fingerboard, Custom Wound Pickup, and Finger Rest/Ramp - Black Flat
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A Fretless 5-string Fusion Bass

Go fretless with the Ibanez GWB35 Gary Willis signature model 5-string bass guitar. Gary Willis, a fusion icon, has designed an affordable bass with Ibanez that incorporates many of the features from his more expensive bass. The light basswood body, maple neck, and ebony fretboard are comfortable enough for marathon jam sessions. The custom wound pickup and 2-band EQ let you sculpt your perfect tone in seconds. From funk to rock to fusion, the Ibanez GWB35 Gary Willis 5-string bass has you covered.

Ibanez GWB35 Gary Willis Signature Model 5-string Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • Gary Willis inspired design and functionality
  • Puts signature Ibanez feel into an affordable package
  • Versatile electronics for any style of music
Gary Willis inspired design and functionality

The Ibanez GWB35 Gary Willis signature model bass brings all of Gary's personal tweaks and touches to an affordable bass. Gary's extended cutaway gives you complete access to the fretboard to ensure better intonation in the higher frets. Custom wound pickups offer the quick attack, superior dynamics, and highs that you want from a fretless bass. A custom finger rest/ramp helps you not dig into the strings too deep and gives you a more consistent attack.

Puts signature Ibanez feel into an affordable package

Finally, the feel of a high-end bass loaded into an awesomely reasonable priced package. The Ibanez GWB35 sports Ibanez's signature Gary Willis neck shape for an amazing playing feel. It's got a 3-piece maple neck, a comfortably contoured basswood body, and a fretless ebony fingerboard for classic fretless bass sounds.

Versatile electronics for any style of music

Ibanez basses are used in every style of music from metal to rock to jazz fusion. The versatile pickups and active electronics let you shape your tone to best fit the gig. The Ibanez Gary Willis GWB35 features a custom humbucking pickup to deliver tons of deep bass tones that will cover any style of music you need. A simple active EQ lets you tweak the treble and bass to dial in your ideal sound. From the scooped mids for slapping and popping to massive low-end 5-string rumble the GWB35 can do it all.

Ibanez GWB35 Gary Willis Signature Model 5-string Bass Guitar Features:
  • 5-string fretless bass designed with Gary Willis
  • Extended cutaway for complete fretboard access
  • Custom tuning machines for a balanced bass
  • GWB Custom humbucker
  • Detachable finger ramp designed by Gary Willis
Grab the ultimate fusion fretless bass with the Ibanez GWB35!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape SR
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color Black Flat
Body Material Basswood
Body Finish Flat Finish
Neck Material 3-piece Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape GWB Shape
Fingerboard Material Ebony, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets Fretless
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.77"
Bridge/Tailpiece B105
Tuners Sure Grip Tuners
Number of Pickups 1
Bridge Pickup SFR-GWB Custom Humbucker
Controls Volume, treble Boost/Cut, Bass Boost/Cut
Strings (.045-.130)
Manufacturer Part Number GWB35BKF

Customer Reviews

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lafawnduh... it's all in a name

My Son named this bass lafawnduh (Napoleon Dynamite). He got it for his 18th Birthday and he gets a ton of comments on both the looks and the sound. He loves the fast, fast neck of an Ibanez. It's fret-less, but it's hard to tell with the flattened frets on the fret board. Amazing Sound and quality you expect from an Ibanez Bass.
Music background: Long time Hacker of Instruments

Ibanez GWB35

Having been a fan of Gary Willis his entire recording career, I have wanted to see his signature basses for years. Not willing or able to spend thousands for his ash/Bartolini high-end model, the GWB35 was within reach for me. The fact that no dealers seem to regularly stock these instruments, and after nearly a year wait for Sweetwater to have 2 in stock, I decided to try one.I should preface my comments by saying I'm not a particular fan of Ibanez nor am I comfortable buying an instrument sight unseen, but for the price, I took a chance.The bass I received arrived in fine shape, plays well out of the box, intonates accurately and at this point, needs no further adjustments. The bass balances great on a strap, and at just over 8 pounds, is the lightest instrument I have ever had. The response of the bass to my touch is amazing - it growls,sings, and has the lowest action of any bass in my experience which for me, helps with my intonation and muscle memory. The ramp works as Willis intends by limiting digging-in and playing hard which reinforces his dynamic technique concepts and also provides a thumb rest between the pickup and end of the fingerboard.As Willis says, the decision to play fretless bass is not a casual one, and this bass is not for the heavy-handed.Two things I have to point out are: I expected the bridge to be slotted for quick string changes - the installed bridge requires the strings to be threaded through. Not a big deal, but not what I expected. Secondly, the stacked bass/treble - boost/cut pots are scratchy & noisy when turned. Using contact cleaner had no effect. I don't expect this to be a problem playing live, but will have to see if problems become apparent when recording. At some point, they may need to be changed and would appreciate knowing which pots Ibanez used. I'm surprised the techs that do the inspections didn't notice or point this out. I'm not going to return the instrument, but had to let you know. Overall, I love how this bass feels and plays and look forward to having a lot of fun with it.Lastly, my opinion is that if manufacturers and dealers are going to sell instruments without cases, they should at least offer suitable options available at the time of purchase rather than as an after thought. I understand the marketing strategy, but would suggest listing choices with the instruments. For a working player, not having a case is not an option.
Music background: 45 years

Enjoying my GWB35

I have owned this bass for about a week now and I really appreciate playability and tone. The bass weighs in at about 8 lbs. and the flat black finish looks great. The Sweetwater specs list the fingerboard material as ebanol but I believe Ibanez changed the material to ebony. My only complaint about the bass is that it comes strung with round wound strings which can scratch the fingerboard. I quickly changed the strings to flat wounds. Sweetwater provides great service and quick delivery.
Music background: part time jazz musician

Great Bass Great Value

Fantastic first fretless, if you are considering making the move. Great build quality and really nice tone for a bass in this price range. Very "giggable" and I'm sure will sound great in the studio. I really like the "ramp" that keeps you from digging too deep with your right hand. Simple controls and comfortable neck. The faucet knob tuners aren't for everybody, but I supposed I'll get the hang of them in time. My bass is a bit headstock heavy while playing seated. Otherwise, I couldn't be happier. Buy one! Sweetwater will deliver incomparable service!
Music background: Bass Player of 40 years

Sweetwater Advice

Mark Stein

I've been a Gary Willis fan for a long time, so I had to get my hands on the Ibanez GWB35 as soon as it arrived at Sweetwater. It is light and well-balanced, and comfortable whether sitting or standing. The coated Ebonol fretboard helps bring out the "singing tone" and M-Wah I expect, plus the neck has a comfortable low profile. Gary designed the finger ramp so that he can't dig into the strings. As a result, it doesn't get in my way and keeps the fleshy part of my finger in contact with the string. The EQ is simple and effective, and compliments the humbucker nicely. I also love the Sure Grip tuners. Bottom-line, this bass should not be considered a budget-priced instrument! This is one of the nicest fretless basses I've played, regardless of the price.

Andy Rice

Th GWB35 from Ibanez is an amazing bass for the price! The feel and sound is even throughout the whole instrument. It also plays as good or better than many basses that cost twice as much. It's extraordinarily well balanced - and looks really cool to boot! No matter their budget, no one looking for a fretless 5-string bass would be disapointed with this one!
See also: Fretless, Ibanez, Ibanez 5-string Bass Guitars, Ibanez Fretless Basses