Brand new from Ibanez in the GIO series is the Ibanez GIO GSR205SM 5 String Bass.
This bass is unbelievable, especially the way it looks, sounds, and plays, and for a bass that is geared towards the budget conscious. From the beauty of the mahogany body combined with a spalted maple top to the instant playability, not to mention the wide range of tones from the combination of the DXH-5 neck/bridge pickups, all the way down to the Phat II EQ, this is one budget conscious bass that is going have you checking to make sure the price is right!
The mahogany/spalted maple body has a nice urethane finish which highlights the beauty of the wood. The neck is maple with a rosewood fingerboard boasting 22 frets with dot inlays. All the hardware is black, which compliments the wood textures of the bass. Tones can go from warm to bright, and I was really impressed with the amount of sustain that the bass presented. The controls for the Ibanez GIO GSR205SM 5 String Bass are two volume controls, one for each pickup, tone control, and Phat II Eq control.
It doesn’t stop there. Even though the Ibanez GIO GSR205SM 5 String Bass is directed toward the budget conscious bassist, this bass could also be used as a project bass for those wanting to experiment with adding different pickups, eq’s, and possibly hardware. I must say though, that once you hear and play the Ibanez GIO GSR205SM 5 String Bass, you are going to want to stick with what it has. Granted, some bassists have looked down on budget price basses thinking that the quality, tonality, and playability might not live up to the higher priced BASSES, but the Ibanez GIO GSR205SM 5 String Bass will prove them wrong.
Check out the Ibanez GIO GSR205SM 5 String Bass at an Ibanez retailer near you!
- Ibanez GIO GSR205SM 5 String Bass Specs:
- Neck: Maple
- Body: Spalted Maple Top/Mahogany Body
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Frets: Medium
- Number of Frets: 22
- Bridge: B15
- Pickups: Neck and Bridge DXH-5 passive
- EQ: Phat II
- Hardware: Black