Ibanez GWB205E Gary Willis Signature 5-String Electric Bass Guitar Natural

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Bass virtuoso Gary Willis is revered by legions of fans worldwide. In addition to having a distinguished career as a solo artist and co-founding the legendary fusion band Tribal Tech, Willis has playe... Click To Read More About This Product

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Bass virtuoso Gary Willis is revered by legions of fans worldwide. In addition to having a distinguished career as a solo artist and co-founding the legendary fusion band Tribal Tech, Willis has played and recorded with the biggest names in the business. As an artist who holds strong opinions about gear, he found deep kinship with the bass builders of Ibanez. Through the years, the release of each of his signature basses is a notable event among the bass gear press. Now, the GWB205E 5-string is introduced with similar fanfare.

The signature model features his secret weapon—the Willis ramp. The ramp prevents the right hand from digging in too hard, resulting in a lighter touch for lightning fast playing and better tone.

The GWB205E features an Ash body, GWB 3-piece Maple neck with ebony fretboard. Three strap buttons—one on the front horn and two located in different positions behind the bridge—allow the player to ergonomically fine tune the bass according to hand positioning. An endless array of tones can be accomplished via a pair of Bartolini® GWB pickups along with onboard Bartolini® NTBT 2-band equalization with an EQ bypass switch. Beyond its obvious playability, the Natural Flat finish contrasted with black hardware makes for a visual impression of mystery and power.

Features Neck
  • Shape:Info not available
  • Wood:Maple
  • Neck joint:4-Bolt
  • Scale length:34"
  • Truss rod:Yes
  • Finish:Info not available
  • Pickups
  • Active or passive pickups:Passive
  • Pickup configuration:SS
  • Neck: GWB
  • Middle:Not applicable
  • Bridge: GWB
  • Brand:Bartolini
  • Series or parallel:Parallel
  • Active preamp: Bartolini NTBT 2-band equalization
  • Special electronics:Not applicable
  • Fretboard
  • Material:Ebony
  • Radius: 305mmR
  • Fret size: Not applicable
  • Number of frets: Fretless
  • Inlays: Off-set dot
  • Nut material:Plastic
  • Nut width:1.77 in. (45mm)
  • Neck width at 12 fret: 0.82 in. (21mm)
  • Body
  • Cutaway:Double cutaway
  • Construction:Solidbody
  • Body wood:Ash
  • Top wood:Not applicable
  • Body finish: Flat natural
  • Orientation:Right handed
  • Controls
  • Control layout:Master volume, 2-band EQ
  • Pickup switch:No
  • Coil tap or split:Not appicable
  • Tone switching:No
  • Special switching:EQ bypass switch
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type:Fixed
  • Bridge design:Standard
  • Tailpiece:Not applicable
  • Tuning machines:Die-cast
  • Color:Black
  • Other
  • Number of strings:5
  • Pickguard:No
  • Special features:Not applicable
  • Case:Hardshell case
  • Accessories:Info not available
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IbanezGWB205E Gary Willis Signature 5-String Electric Bass Guitar
 
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4.0

Mostly great !

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Some quality issues

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Ibanez GWB205E Gary Willis Signature 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

Perfect fingerboard.Comfortable to play.Sounds a lot like Gary's.Very light for a 5 string.Some of the tuners were loose.Ramp was too high,catching the strings when played at the 24th.Strange patterns in the woodgrain.Otherwise, very well made.I've not played the GWB 35 so I don't know if it's worth the extra money.

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