Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass Guitar
The Ibanez GSR200 is an affordable standard size bass guitar with Ibanez' trademark playability and impressive tone versatility.
It is part of Ibanez' Sound Gear line, which is well known for their quality and tone shaping capabilities, only this one is stripped down to keep the price affordable.
The GSR200 comes with a standard scale length of 34", a nut width of 1.614" and their flat fast action 12" fingerboard radius.
Ibanez equipped this bass with two single-coil pickups (P/J) for tone variation, but what makes it special is the addition of Ibanez' Phat II EQ knob, which is essentially a bass boost built in for emphasizing the lows better.
- Body: Agathis
- Neck: Maple (Bolt-on)
- Neck Profile: GSR4
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale Length: 34"
- Nut Width: 1.614"
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Frets: 22 Medium
- Middle Pickup: Powersound P Single-Coil
- Bridge Pickup: Powersound J Single-Coil
- Controls: Phat II EQ, Master Tone, Volume 1 and Volume 2
- Bridge: B10
- Weight: 9 lbs.
It's not surprising that playability gets the bulk of the commendations. But it was interesting to read how parents who bought this bass for their kids end up "borrowing" the bass from them because of its quality. The fatter sound of the bass via the Phat II EQ also got a lot of positive mentions, with many stating that this sonic versatility is great for beginner to intermediate players who are beginning to craft their own sound. Value for money and its eye pleasing appearance were also appreciated by many of its users. Interestingly, there was one reviewer who has had this bass for over 5 years and reported that it still plays well and sounds good.
Like the other basses in this price range, there were users who reported on the GSR200's tuning stability and occasional fret buzz. But it is not as common as some think, given the very small number of people that reported having issues.
If you prefer Ibanez' flat fast action fingerboard, but want a standard scale one in the sub $200 price range, then you should get the GSR200.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in out guide to The Best Cheap Bass Guitars