The GSR205 is a five string Soundgear series solid body electric bass model introduced by Ibanez in 2004. It has been made in both Indonesia and China as part of the entry level GIO line; minor differences between the two versions are noted in the specifications below. It replaced an earlier model with the same name.
The GSR205 features a double-cutaway agathis body bolted to a maple neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with white dot position markers. Components include a pair of Ibanez passive pickups, a B15 bridge with 16.5mm string spacing, a plastic nut and Ibanez tuning machines.
For 2014 the body material was changed to poplar. For 2015 the pickups were changed. For 2018 the rosewood fingerboard was replaced with treated New Zealand pine (for the version made in China and sold in Asia, Africa, China, North & South America and Oceania) or jatoba (for the version made in Indonesia and sold in Europe and USA). For 2020 the fretboard material for the Chinese-made version was changed to purpleheart.
The GSR200 and GSR206 are similar four and six string models. The GSR205L is a left-handed version. The GSR205B is a similar model with black hardware. The GSR205EX is a similar model with a different body material and pickups. The GSR205M is a similar model with a maple fretboard. The GSR205FM is a similar model with a flamed maple top.
Specifications for GSR205
Year(s) produced: 2004–2020
Sold in: Asia & Africa MIC / China MIC / Europe MII / North & South America and Oceania MII / USA MII
Made in: Indonesia / China
Finish(es): Black Night (BKN) 2012–2015 / Black (BK) / Deep Violet Metallic (DVM) 2016–2019 / Jewel Blue (JB) 2004–2009 / Roadster Orange Metallic (ROM) 2009–2020 / Transparent Red (TR) 2004–2019
Body type: Solid body
Body material: 2004–2013: Agathis or basswood (TR finish) 2014–2020: Poplar