The GSR205SM is a five string Soundgear series solid body electric bass model introduced by Ibanez in 2014. 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.
The GSR205SM features a spalted maple top on 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 Dynamix passive pickups, a B15 bridge with 16.5mm string spacing, a plastic nut and Ibanez tuning machines.
For 2017 the body material was changed to poplar. 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 2019 the fretboard material for the Chinese-made version was changed to purpleheart.
The GSR200SM and GSR206SM are similar four and six string models. The GSR205FM is a similar model with a flamed maple top. The GSR205B is a similar model without the spalted maple top.
Specifications for GSR205SM
Year(s) produced: 2014–2020
Sold in: Asia & Africa MIC / China MIC / Europe MII / North & South America and Oceania MII / USA MII
Made in: Indonesia (2014–2020) / China (2016–2018)
Finish(es): Brown Burst (BBT) 2014–2019 / Charcoal Brown Burst (CNB) / Natural Gray Burst (NGT)
Body type: Solid body
Body material: 2014–2016: Mahogany w/ spalted maple top 2017–2020: Poplar w/ spalted maple top