The Ibanez GSR205 5 String Electric Bass Guitar borrows features from its cousins in the Ibanez SR family, and delivers them at a significantly more affordable price for all bassists to enjoy. Since their release back in the late '80s, the SR series has been the go-to bass for professionals around the world thanks to the sublime playability and highly versatile tonal palette. Now players on a budget or those who are taking their first tentative steps into the world of bass guitar can benefit from over 30 years of excellence.
Classic body shape
When it comes to playing comfort, Ibanez take things very seriously. The GSR205 may be an extended range model, but it doesn't feel bulky or heavy in the hands. The weight distribution is finely balanced to prevent body or neck droop. The sleek contours of the diminuitive body shape are ergonomically designed to establish a figure hugging feel whether you're playing in a seated or standing position. The bevelled edges remove any harsh lines and the contoured lower bout affords a natural resting position for your picking arm. The deep double-cutaways allow your fretting hand to reach the highest parts of the neck with ease.
Mahogany has been employed as the tonewood of choice for the GSR205. Thanks to its beefy mid-range character, mahogany is an ideal choice for those who want a balanced yet confident energy. The tonal benefits extend to a resounding low-end and tempered yet articulate upper mids. The sleek black finish adds an unfussy yet sophisticated edginess to the aesthetic.
Ibanez know a thing or two about crafting slender yet strong necks that sit sweetly in the hand. The bolt-on construction ensures superb transient response from the strings whilst upholding a sturdy feel in the hands. Crafted using maple, the neck is shaped to Ibanez' GSR5 profile, which promotes a lightning fast feel from nut to heel. Paired with the neck is a sumptuous feeling jatoba fingerboard, which is home to 22 medium frets that are decorated with dot position inlays to guide your way.
Though the GSR205 boasts an additional string - low B depending on your tuning preference - the neck doesn't feel cumbersome or unwieldy. Ibanez have set the scale length at a fairly standard 34-inches with a fingerboard radius of 305mm and thickness of only 22mm at the 12th fret. The result is a feel that will come naturally to those who have experience on a 4-string and forgiving to those who are making the step up or are completely new to bass.
The GSR205 packs powerful pair of Ibanez Dynamix neck and bridge pickups, delivering full tones across a wide-reaching frequency range. From solid low-end chug through a springy mid-range to clipped higher notes, the output is remarkable versatile thanks to Ibanez control layout. Each pickup boasts independent volume controls, there's a master tone pot and a PHAT II EQ control, which allows you to firm up your low-end clout for greater presence when you need it.
The GSR205 5-string bass guitar is equipped with Ibanez tuning machines, which maintain tuning consistency throughout the most energetic of performances. The B-15 bridges creates a seamless connection between the strings and body, anchoring each one to optimise intonation and sustain. All hardware is finished in sparkling chrome to complement the black paintwork perfectly. has the look and feel of models that carry a significantly higher price tag. The secure feel of the bridge, the impressive integrity of the tuning machines, the tonal versatility of the pickups, and the exquisite playing feel of the neck, all contribute to make a bass guitar that you will love to play for many a year.
Manufacturer Ibanez Model GSR205 5 String Electric Bass Guitar Body Material Poplar Finish Black Neck Material Maple Neck Profile GSR5 Number of Strings 5 Scale Length 34-inches Fingerboard Material Jatoba Number of Frets 22 Fretboard Radius 12-inches Fretboard Inlays Dot Active/Passive Passive Pickups (Neck/Bridge) Neck: Dynamix H neck pickup (Passive)
Bridge: Dynamix H bridge pickup (Passive)
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