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Bought this for my son before Christmas the gsr200 in Walnut color it's really nice, solid build. My son is a beginner and is super pleased with it .
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Bought this for my son before Christmas the gsr200 in Walnut color it's really nice, solid build. My son is a beginner and is super pleased with it .
Please be sure to get a proper setup. Maybe even a nice set of flats so his fingers won't get chewed up so bad.
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Please be sure to get a proper setup. Maybe even a nice set of flats so his fingers won't get chewed up so bad.
what the hell is flats?
i assume brands like ibanez come close to set up from the box, however to get a "proper" setup the player has to know what he wants so the instrument can be setup to his play style. Although i could have told you at 14 what i wanted my first guitar to do, but no one told me anything about having to "setup" a guitar. I recommend if he adjusts the setup that he ask a musician what setup is needed for what type of music his kid likes and give his kid several days of playing to find out what the kid feels needs changed. This can also weed out any inherent problems with the guitar (ie: my deans fret edges chews your fingers up)


I keep almost pulling the trigger on these but i wanna bass that looks cool and not generic. That guitar tho looks slick.
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what the hell is flats?
i assume brands like ibanez come close to set up from the box, however to get a "proper" setup the player has to know what he wants so the instrument can be setup to his play style. Although i could have told you at 14 what i wanted my first guitar to do, but no one told me anything about having to "setup" a guitar. I recommend if he adjusts the setup that he ask a musician what setup is needed for what type of music his kid likes and give his kid several days of playing to find out what the kid feels needs changed. This can also weed out any inherent problems with the guitar (ie: my deans fret edges chews your fingers up)


I keep almost pulling the trigger on these but i wanna bass that looks cool and not generic. That guitar tho looks slick.
Wow lol.. ok. "Flats" mean, flat wound strings. Easier on the fingers for beginners. Enjoy your generic slick bass lmao
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Wow lol.. ok. "Flats" mean, flat wound strings. Easier on the fingers for beginners. Enjoy your generic slick bass lmao
Oh i thought you meant to get his frets shaved down xD that would cost more than the bass by far but probably is one of the best things you could ever do to eventually lower action and make yourself sound better and produce less buzz. I used flatwounds for years and it really did help the fingers bleed less and me slide easier, but since it was a guitar it made it much harder to play do to the bulk and you MUST lock the tremolo down,a dn the bulk then makes the action higher as well. the sound was good too, but sadly for guitar not a good idea cause you wont be playing any intricate classical/thrash/black/death on ultra thick strings.

thanks for the idea though. I will be switching back to chrome strings once i find a bass i like the looks of.
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I have an ibanez gio guitar that's around 10 years old. The neck pickup is falling off and the jack is iffy, but it still shreds and sounds pretty good for a $250 guitar.
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i assume brands like ibanez come close to set up from the box
There's brands and models. Some models of the brand Ibanez come close to set up from the box. The $140 budget line GIO isn't one of those models.
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I had an Ibanez RG270 back in the day. It's a lower end guitar but it was terrible. Pickups were garbage and the setup was bad. Fret dead spots a couple places down the neck. I believe the S-series is higher end though. It's probably setup well enough for a beginner.
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That S-Series guitar is a steal at that price. If I were in the market for another guitar I'd pick that up in a heartbeat.

The GIO basses are hit or miss. Good for beginners but that's about it. Decent at this price, though, especially for someone starting out.
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This was my first bass I now play professionally. With a proper set up I wouldnt mind using one even now. That said I think a comperable Squier jazz bass might be a better overall instrument. Recently picked up a fretless J and really like it (got it for around 215. The vintage modified series is a step above the other Squier models (and typically look cool)

Also I would use roundwound strings as the vast majority of all basses and bass tone is formulated around them. Not saying flat(wound strings)don't have their place but for a beginner I would aim to get the most vanilla and standard experience possible. You're going have to get your fingers torn up at some point if you're going to stick with it. Anyways just my 2c
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I picked up the GSR200B for my son's bday this summer when it was also on a SD with Adorrama. The GSR205B might be a slightly better model. He was just starting to play, so I didn't want to make a big investment. It was definitely a great purchase. He picked it up and started playing immediately right out of the box with minimal adjustments.
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Picked up the GSR200 in Walnut for $130 last summer on a similar deal. Coming from guitar I figured I'd give bass a shot. Well worth the $150 IMO for an entry level instrument. Build quality is solid and didn't have to adjust it too much out of the box.
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i assume brands like ibanez come close to set up from the box, however to get a "proper" setup the player has to know what he wants so the instrument can be setup to his play style.
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There's brands and models. Some models of the brand Ibanez come close to set up from the box. The $140 budget line GIO isn't one of those models.
All guitars need to be setup properly, regardless of brand or price. Yes, they'll likely set it up in the factory, but that's likely somewhere in Asia with a very different climate than your house, and so things will likely need to be adjusted to compensate for the new environment. Sometimes with more expensive guitars they'll first ship them to a factory in the USA for setup again before moving them on to customers, so those ones are more likely to be good out of the box. Similarly, many local (or even online) music stores will setup guitars in-house before selling them to the customer.

That being said, I just got an Ibanez SR1800 from Adorama, which is a premium Ibanez bass, and I spent two hours last night really dialing it in. All of the saddles ended up a good couple millimeters lower that they were out of the box, and the truss rod got about a quarter turn. It was pretty awful to play with out of the box, to be honest. And if you give a kid an instrument that's awful to play, he likely won't keep playing it. That's not to say your bass needs adjustment -- you could very well have won the guitar lottery and gotten a perfectly setup guitar, which can happen. But it's more likely that it needs a few tweaks, and the few dollars it costs to have somebody take a look at it would likely be very worth it.
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