GSR200 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (159 votes)
Ibanez: GSR200

Price paid: $ 200

Purchased from: Online store

Sound — 9
Good lows, but the best thing about this bass is it's playability. You never get a fret buzz, and the Phat EQ bass-boost allows as much or as little boom as the piece you are playing requires. Super-comfortable fretboard and fast, slim neck. Good for rock and metal, not really all that great for slap due to the P/J pick-up config.

Overall Impression — 8
For a rock player, good all-around practice bass. Don't know if I'd tour with it, but I do love playing it...very easy to play. I would always consider owning an Ibanez, and may upgrade when this one is shot. In jet black, it looks pretty cool with the chrome hardware. Overall, I would give this bass an 8.5!

Reliability & Durability — 7
Finish good. Hardware fair. Strap buttons are a little small. Don't know if I'd trust it for a live gig all by itself. I usually use two to three guitars per session. Durable guitar for the price, although one of the plastic knobs is now stripped. Tuners are decent.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Excellent factory set-up. Frets are smooth, no rough edges. Excellent guitar at this price. Nice chrome finishes. Really, no flaws, which for the price, is amazing. I bought a Peavey for slightly more $$, and it had so many factory issues, I eventually just sold it online. The action, fit, and finish is this bass' strongest points.

Features — 10
The Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass is a solid bass with nice balance and feel for a very friendly price. Features an agathis body, super comfy one-piece maple neck, rosewood fretboard, pearl dot inlay, split-coil and single-coil pickup array, active EQ with Phat Bass Boost, chrome hardware, a fully adjustable bridge, and medium frets.

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