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2019 GSR205SM CNB 1P 02
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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

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
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
2014–2016: Mahogany w/ spalted maple top
2017–2020: Poplar w/ spalted maple top
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
B15 fixed (16.5mm string spacing)
Knob style:
Knurled metal dome
Hardware color:
Black
Neck
Neck type:
GSR5
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
864mm / 34"
Fingerboard material:
2004–2017: Rosewood
2018: Jatoba MII or treated New Zealand pine MIC
2019–2020: Jatoba MII or purpleheart MIC
Fingerboard inlays:
White dot
Frets:
24 / medium
Nut:
Plastic (45mm)
Machine heads:
Ibanez die-cast
Electronics/ Strings
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Dynamix H passive
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Dynamix H passive
Electronics:
Ibanez Phat II EQ
Controls:
Two volume / tone / EQ knob
Battery:
9V
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel (side mounted)
String gauge (factory):
.045/.065/.085/.105/.130
Factory tuning:
1G,2D,3A,4E,5B

Images

Additional finishes/ details
2017 GSR205SM BBT 1P 01
Brown Burst
2019 GSR205SM NGT 1P 02
Natural Gray Burst
Controls GSR
Controls layout
EQ Phat-II
EQ frequency charts

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