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The GWB205 is a five string solid body electric bass model introduced by Ibanez in 2019. It is a signature model for American jazz fusion bassist Gary Willis. It is made in Indonesia as part of the Premium line. In the US market this model has been referred to as the GWB205E.

The GWB205 features an ash top on an SR series double-cutaway basswood body bolted to a maple neck with a fretless ebony fingerboard with offset white dot position markers. Components include a custom Bartolini passive soapbar bass pickup with a Bartolini preamp with a two-band EQ, a standard bridge with 16.5mm string spacing, a removable finger rest/ramp, a plastic nut and Gotoh tuners with custom Sure Grip buttons.

For 2020 a new Tequila Sunrise Flat finish was introduced.

The GWB1005 is a more expensive version with slightly different specs which is made in Japan.

Specifications

Specifications for GWB205
Model name: GWB205 / GWB205E
Year(s) produced: 2016–2020
Sold in: Asia & Africa / China / Europe / Japan / North & South America and Oceania / USA
Made in: Indonesia
Finish(es): Natural Flat (NTF) 2016–2019 / Tequila Sunrise Flat (TSF) 2020
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Ash
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
STD5 fixed (16.5mm string spacing)
Pickguard:
Removable wood finger ramp/rest
Knob style:
Knurled metal dome w/ pointer
Hardware color:
Black
Neck
Neck type:
GWB
Neck material:
3-piece maple
Scale length:
864mm / 34"
Fingerboard material:
Ebony
Fingerboard inlays:
Offset white dot
Nut:
Black plastic (45mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh GB707 w/ GWB Sure Grip buttons
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
S
Bridge pickup:
Bartolini GWB passive
Electronics:
Bartolini NTBT preamp w/ 2-band EQ
Controls:
Master volume w/ push-pull EQ bypass / Stacked bass boost-cut & treble boost-cut
Battery:
9V
Output jack:
¼" stereo barrel (side mount)
String gauge (factory):
.045/.065/.085/.105/.135 (D'Addario® EXP165-5)
Factory tuning:
1G,2D,3A,4E,5B

Images

Additional finishes/ details
2020 GWB205 TQF 1P 03
Tequila Sunrise Flat
Controls GWB
Controls layout

Video

Gary Willis demonstrates the Ibanez GWB205 Natural Flat

Gary Willis demonstrates the Ibanez GWB205 Natural Flat

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