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05-07-2004, 05:47 AM
Subject: Ibanez GSR-200
Price: $595 Australian.

Agathis body, rosewood neck.

23 playable frets, medium frets, 19 mm string spacing.

P & J pickup configuration, passive.

Controls; neck pick-up volume, bridge pick-up volume, tone.

Flexibility: Personally I'd call this a very flexible bass. I have owned one for 3 and a half years now and have not felt a need to buy a new bass other than in terms of wanting better a bass with an active system and more powerful EQ. I have played everything on this, from jazz to metal to slap and funk and punk, and it can do all of that without problems. Coupled with a good amp, this a very flexible bass.

I give this bass;



And make additional comments as follows; The neck of the bass is very comfortable and playable, with a light body that is well shaped for comfort in playing standing up or sitting down. The bass is also very solid and can take a bit of damage; I've dropped mine twice on a concrete floor and while the body was chipped badly the bass suffers no loss in sound.

My main problem with the bass has been the straplocks, I have experienced problems with the strap slipping off them pretty regularly, which is what led on both occassions to the bass dropping on the floor. This can of course be remedied by replacing them with your own straplocks or being a good catch.

I also experienced minor problems with the wiring, the guy at the music workship I go to called it "the worst wiring job he'd ever seen" but he was able to fix it back up in no time and I have had no problems of the kind since. I would expect that to be an isolated incident.

All things considered, this isn't a top of the line bass, but you get 150% value for money in your purchase. This is the ideal bass for starters or intermediate players, or anyone who wants a reliable bass in their collection. I can tell you that personally I will not be getting rid of this bass, even when I buy a new one in a year or so. The worst thing that could happen to it is that I would raise the action and use it as a practice bass.

That's about all I can say for it, good sound, great feel, good lookin'. Oh, also an easy bass to keep in good condition. Responds well to rose oil for the fretboard and brass polish on the frets.

ALSO ATTACHED: picture of GSR200.

EDIT: Apparently not. Oh well :upset:...

The JoZ
05-08-2004, 09:28 AM
I'm glad to see this bass getting reviewed....for what it is, it's a superb bass...

I hope to own a whole line of Ibanez basses someday...I want another four, a five and a six from them after I get a ton of money...but I will still keep my GSR around because there's nothing bad about it...

After playing around with a Cort Curbow's EQ, I do wish the GSR had more to offer in that department...but I really shape my tone more with my amp and my BP200 anyway

I love the body design on this bass, because it's perfect for sitting down to jam (the Curbow is not thanks to the deep cutaway) and it's easy to play with a pick, at least the way I do it (another strike for the Curbow...)

I think the 4.5 rating is good...this is not a PERFECT bass by any means, but you get a ton of bang for what little buck you put into it

05-08-2004, 12:21 PM
thanx guys.

i asked for reviews of this bass, and i got more positive comments about it, which is pretty much all i've heard - good remarks.

Im a complete beginner - do you think this would be better than the Peavey Milestone 3 ???

The JoZ
05-08-2004, 12:47 PM
I know nothing about the Peavey, but I don't think it matters...the GSR is a great bass for anyone, really

I mean, if you've got thousands of dollars to spend on a bass I wouldn't really tell you to buy this...but I'm going to assume you don't, so

If you get this bass, you will not regret it

05-08-2004, 12:59 PM
This was my first bass. I think that it is pretty good. The only thing that happend to me was that the bottom strap holder fell off, and I heard somewhere that that happend to other people too, but that's about the only thing, and it may have just been my bass.

05-08-2004, 10:01 PM
That was my first bass, but it buzzed and rattled a lot on some of the frets, and just wasn't right for me. I sold it to go toward my Peavey Grind BXP and I like it a lot more. The GSR 200 is a very nice bass, but like i said, wasn't for me. I liked it except for the buzz. I even had it adjusted and it still did. I think it was probably just mine though. One thing i liked about it, is that it had a nice, thin neck.

05-09-2004, 03:24 AM
yup - i dont have much money to spend, and im torn between the Ibanez and Peavey.
I've gotten pretty much just good reviews of both, so Im still not sure which one to get

05-09-2004, 09:20 AM
I also had some problems with the wiring of my GSR200 as well, it essentially had to do with the wires twisting inside the body and breaking from repeated use, the guy at The Guitar Center just soldered it back together for me for free. The only hard part about that whole job was actually getting the panel off of the back, they were somehow able to fit a panel that was too big for the hole on the back of my bass.

Other than that I've had no problem, maybe I'll get a new amp to see what my bass is really capable of. If I do buy a new bass I'll probably buy another Ibanez, the GSR200 has definetly left a good impression on me.

The JoZ
05-10-2004, 01:53 PM
In the 1.5 years I've had mine...I've had none of those problems...I admit I do get a little fretbuzz at times, but I could probably adjust the action and get rid of it...I'm lazy and such, so I don't...it's not enough to warrant a problem for me...you guys may have gotten basses that weren't perfect when you left the store, so

I still give 200% behind the Ibanez...

05-11-2004, 07:33 PM
The five string version (GSR205) is also a good value. The string spacing is tight, really tight. It's not good for slap, if you don't wanna be hitting all the other strings, and it's hard to fit your finger between the D and G. The tone is as expected with a passive bass. The low B is sloppy as hell. Even with a .135 B, it was bad, but what can you do? The finish is almsot too easy to scratch, it looks like mine was attacked by a horde of Brillo pads and steel wool. I'm going to repaint it with some graphics and add a large inlay to the neck (I defretted mine). The frets are not glued in, only pressed. My neck PU is broken, so I need replacement PUs. I'd say, good for starters, not tonally versatile, and not something I'd even buy as a transitional 5 string (going form 4 to 5). I started on mine, so I can't complain.

3.5 / 5

The JoZ
05-11-2004, 10:51 PM
...How can you call it a good value, yet complain about it?

06-07-2004, 05:31 PM
This (GSR 200) is my second bass and I must say that its very easy to play, the neck is small so you can play easely fast on it. I had also some problem with the wiring.. I have played on this bass for about 2 years now and the reason I will buy a new bass soon is because I want a 5 stringer, and I will still stick to Ibanez cause they seems to know what they are doin' :)

If you are a beginner or dont have so much money and wondering what kind of bass you are goin' to put your money on I really recommend this one!

06-10-2004, 12:57 PM
yeah, this is my first bass, and i'm pretty pleased with it.
I'm told its just about the best for this sort of money. The body does tend to have grease and muck stick to it more than most basses i've seen, but it plays, and it stays playing even when it falls over and stuff.
I have a few problems with the strap nuts loosening, but its nothing that a screwdriver doesn't fix. I play it through a laney HCM30 [i think that's what it's called], and it sounds pretty good.
the a string buzzes a little occasionally, but it's bearable. i'm thinking of getting a five string fender mexican jazzmaster [again, i think that's what its called] but i'm keeping my Ibanez definately.

06-18-2004, 09:46 AM
GSR200.....my first bass...and my only bass right now....ill vouch for that neck...i have small hands but its enabled me to keep up..and hell yes it is the crappiest wiring ever, the pick up adjustment doesnt work...i checked it out and it needs to be resoldered, and the tone adjustment knobs fall off. The bass had a sticker on the back, "inspected by irwin"..yeah irwin did a really crappy job...but anyways u can always resolder what came messed up in indonesia and just buy replacement tone knobs, the bass is actually great once u get to know it, u just need to cleanup after the mess indonesian people made...i dont plan on getting a new bass for a long time but i might get replacement pick ups....active EMGS..
the bass rocks over all

06-18-2004, 02:23 PM
thanks guys.

only problem is finding it in ireland.
should be around soemwhere tho

06-19-2004, 05:04 AM
^ It shouldn't be that hard to find man, Ibanez are a pretty major company.

06-23-2004, 10:16 AM
I've got a GSR200 soundgear and have had it for about 6 months(as long as ie been playing). Its great, and I havent had any major problems with it. I haven't experienced any problems with the wiring, but the strap doesn't stay on all of the time(mostly comes off on the horn), and has minor string buzz. it sounds great with my Trace Eliott Boxer 15 watt amp, especially when I overdrive it(thats why i like my small amp).

06-23-2004, 10:36 AM
Ive heard my bass is a lot like the GSR200, and if what they say is true, I would get it.

The only major difference in my bass and the GSR is that mine has a P-bass style neck, which, for a begginer, could help technique-wise, if you later on get a bass with a slimmer neck. Everything will play easier.

06-26-2004, 06:19 AM
Good on ya, Ibanez basses are awesome.
i have a GSR100

06-29-2004, 08:46 PM
i had a gsr200 for a couple of years and its the bass i learned to play on, it sounded great for the $ and the neck is superfast, a great begginer's bass :thumb:

06-30-2004, 02:47 PM
the Gsr 200 is a great bass, i own a gsr205 and its great!

07-01-2004, 07:12 PM
i own a gsr it s great , yea and the strap does fall off easily sometimes , so im getting a straplock that should fix that problem

07-07-2004, 07:43 PM
i have the gsr205... for what i paid, i'm very happy with it... i'll agree that the spacing is tight, so slapping is hard, but possible... using a pick can get sloppy to if you have bad aim like me... the strap on mine used to fall off, but it hasn't since i got a new strap 7 months ago... good for the money, and i think a 3.5/5 is a little low... 4/5 sounds good.

07-07-2004, 10:57 PM
my gsr is pretty good. i gotta get it fixed though. the wiring sucks. my bridge pickup doesnt get any sound.

07-08-2004, 05:18 AM
Yes, this is a supurb beginner bass! I must admit, I've been shopping for a new bass within the £400-£500 range, and the only basses which I have found which have felt better than my GSR200 are Rockbasses and other Ibanez's. This is an amazing bass for the price! Great for just starting up. I think the newer ones now have an extra knob - don't know what it does though!

Oh! Its a "Phat II EQ Boost" whatever that does!

lynch the landlord
07-12-2004, 09:03 AM
I bought my gsr200 off my brothers friend for $400 (Australian $) with a 40watt amp, stap, lead and a few lesson books. I haven't had any problems with it at all. Im not looking at buying another bass in the near or distant future.

07-12-2004, 12:25 PM
first bass as well. much better then a squir p that most beginners opt for.

07-13-2004, 12:20 AM
I've got the Gsr-205, same thing just 5-String... It's an amazing bass for the money i spent, the sound quality is incredible compared to what I've heard before, deffinatly worth the money.

07-13-2004, 02:28 AM
Ive got a IbanezGsr190 :upset:

I will be getting a 205 sooner or later :thumb:

07-16-2004, 08:12 AM
great bass for beginners or intermediates. Only problem i found is the strap holder falling off. It also doesnt sound that good when slapped.

07-28-2004, 09:58 AM
ive owned a gsr200 for almost 1.5 years and im very happy with it. its my first bass and the only problems ive had with it is the strap falling off, nothing major but, i think i might have some wiring problems. this bass is good for all types of music. i highly recommend it to anyone whos starting out thats a little low on cahs because this bass is definitely worth every penny. i got mine for $209 at guitar center.

Johnny Martin
08-07-2004, 09:14 PM
yeah it is an outstanding bass. i can take a lot of abuse... i umm dropped it a several times... heh.... olny thing i dont liek about it is the string spacing is a bit to far for comfort for me. but never the less awesome.

08-07-2004, 09:21 PM
ive got the gsr 200 and thats what ive benn playing since i bought it i love it im gonna switch to 5 string do ibanez make good 5s as well

09-06-2004, 12:11 AM
yeah dude, ive got an Ibanez GSR 190, and ive had it for about a year, it still sounds really really good, and to me it feels really comfortable.

10-05-2004, 03:19 PM
i have a gsr200..great bass for beginners..only prob i've had with it was when i first got it there was something wrong with the input jack..whenever the cord was pushed even a little bit to one side it would cut out on me..i replaced the jack with a new one and it fixed the problem.

10-10-2004, 03:36 PM
this was my first bass as well and i absolutly love it, although at first i had a few issues at first i worked through them. i ripped out the fretts because i couldnt get rid of the buzz then i smoothed out the neck and lowerd the bridge and its now the best bass i own. id recomend it 2 anyone, beginers or pros alike

11-03-2004, 07:25 PM
for me, the best all around bass is a squier p-bass, it was my first bass very cheap and **** well worth it, its a bass where you could let get dinged up a bit and wont care cuz its nothing spectactular yet it sounds awesome. highly recomended for a beginer looking for the right bass.

Steve Eirikis
11-17-2004, 04:31 PM
On the Ibanez website, it shows the GSR200 with 4 pick-ups, but when I go to most sites, it shows it having only 3 pick-ups. Are the 4 pick-up ones just new models? Does anyone know what it does? Just wondering, looking to buy my first bass and it looks like this is the best deal. Thanks.

11-19-2004, 12:12 AM
Thanks for the review.

12-13-2004, 09:58 PM
I have the GSR-200 and its great. It was only 210$ in USA California :D

12-14-2004, 02:07 AM
Just like most people, the GSR200 was my first bass. I still have it as a matter of fact. It lasted me two years before I bought my Schecter AB-5. On the 200, I could never really get a sound that I liked. So, I always left both pick ups turned all the way up with the tone knob all the way up, as well. Other than that, it's a great bass. It's good for almost everything. My action is ridiculously high, and I haven't gotten around to lowering it yet. Well, it was low, but lots of buzzing had me set it extremely high. Then I played my Schecter with really low action, and I realized how dumb I was for setting the action up that high on the bass. Once I get around to lowering, I'll probably play my four a little more often. Other than that, it's a great bass. My 200 didn't have bad wiring or anything of the sort. It took a couple beatings and it's stilll holding up.