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Ibanez GIO Series GSR205B 5-String Electric Bass Guitar (Walnut Flat) EXPIRED

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Adorama has Ibanez GIO Series GSR205B 5-String Electric Bass Guitar (Walnut Flat) for $179. Shipping is free.

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  • The GIO series GSR205B 5-string electric bass guitar features a GSR5 maple neck and a mahogany body with a walnut flat finish. The deep cutaway body allows for unencumbered access to the upper regions of the Jatoba fretboard, ensuring solid playability and stability. It also features a B15 bridge, Dynamix humbucker pick-up and black hardware.
     

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A 4-string bass is a good place to start (or end if desired), but I disagree with the notion that a person should stick with one.

New sub-$100 basses are real pieces of shit. Most decent basses have an MSRP of at least $300 nowadays.

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12-01-2022 at 04:58 PM.
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no reason not to go with a 5 string, depends on the type of music you play...
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12-01-2022 at 05:31 PM.
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I hear it's best to stick with a four string. And you can get one for under a hundred bucks.
A 4-string bass is a good place to start (or end if desired), but I disagree with the notion that a person should stick with one.

New sub-$100 basses are real pieces of shit. Most decent basses have an MSRP of at least $300 nowadays.
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12-01-2022 at 05:33 PM.
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EVERY genre of music could use a 5th string. If you have one, you will use it. I've never heard or seen a bass player use only 4 strings when they have 5.

Kinda like getting a Ryzen 9 or i7- 13000 and not overclock.
I've got some 4-strings and a 5-string. I play 4-string more often than 5-string.
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Does this come with a magnet?
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12-01-2022 at 05:36 PM.
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A 4-string bass is a good place to start, but I disagree with the notion that a person should stick with one.

New sub-$100 basses are real pieces of shit. Most decent basses have an MSRP of at least $300 nowadays.

Exactly. I just picked up bass this year but must say I have enjoyed the feel of every Ibanez I tried. I have a Sire Marcus Miller 4 string.. but this really tempts me at that price. I agree 100%.. if you only have a budget of 100 bucks find a 300 used. If you have 200 and want 5 strings this would be a solid buy.

I was tempted to go the Mark Sandman route and start with 1 string.. then promote myself to two.
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12-01-2022 at 05:52 PM.
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Exactly. I just picked up bass this year but must say I have enjoyed the feel of every Ibanez I tried. I have a Sire Marcus Miller 4 string.. but this really tempts me at that price. I agree 100%.. if you only have a budget of 100 bucks find a 300 used. If you have 200 and want 5 strings this would be a solid buy.

I was tempted to go the Mark Sandman route and start with 1 string.. then promote myself to two.
Good point. It is almost always better to buy used. It's not very uncommon to be able to buy $700 basses for $300 if you step away from Fender and Ernie Ball, but I totally get that there are extenuating circumstances that make new more feasible. As far as dirt cheap 5-string basses go, one could do worse. Even if a person ends up not liking this bass in the long run, being able to take on a cool new hobby is worth it.

The one thing I'll note for those considering this is that most Ibanez basses have narrow string spacing at the bridge. Guitar players switching to bass often like this, but bass players starting on traditional 19mm string spacing will find the Ibanez 16.5mm spacing tight. Plenty of people learn to slap well on Ibanez basses, but they are more difficult to learn to slap on.
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12-01-2022 at 07:12 PM.
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I own 2 of these, both bought used for ~$120 at most. These are solid, and great for beginners and jamming. Like above post said, you don't want to buy a "new bass" for under $100 MSRP. It will sound and play bad.

I utilize the 5th string for heavier 00's songs in low drop tunings (paired with my 7 string Ibanez).
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12-01-2022 at 08:28 PM.
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no reason not to go with a 5 string, depends on the type of music you play...
Says there's no reason and presents a reason hmmm.

I prefer to play gospel, funk, soul, metal with a 5 string and playing rock music with a 4 string. It's all about preference.
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12-01-2022 at 08:57 PM.
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This guitar doesn't come with a case it seems -- for a beginner just learning (not running around doing gigs or traveling), what would be a relatively inexpensive yet decent case for it?
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12-01-2022 at 10:17 PM.
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This guitar doesn't come with a case it seems -- for a beginner just learning (not running around doing gigs or traveling), what would be a relatively inexpensive yet decent case for it?
Actual cases can be quite pricey, just get a gig bag like this or something...

https://www.amazon.com/CAHAYA-0-3inch-Padding-Backpack-Electric/dp/B0B3CN6C3Q/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2K4T2B... [amazon.com]

Or from same company Adorama,,,

https://www.adorama.com/fe9913224...dl-gbase-o
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