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Ibanez GSR 200

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by harpspitfire, Jan 17, 2014.


  1. harpspitfire

    harpspitfire

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    i just found out this bass needs a battery- question- does this battery need to be in and does it last very long? after reading reviews till im about crazy, it seems a good bass, but the yamaha 170 seems just as well liked costing a bit less, im stuck on a fence here
     
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    Just unplug the cable from the bass when you are done playing each time, and the battery will last a very long time.
     
  3. MyMusic

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    Definitely unplug from the bass. As for the choice of bass, both are good choices. You'll have to make the decision based on how you feel about each one. A big thing that I think is overlooked is having the bass you buy adjusted and decent strings installed. These two things can make a big difference in performance.
     
  4. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose Fun with a k all day! Supporting Member

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    GSR series are great! Balanced/Light with a clear tone. I had one with a reverse p/j. Upgraded bridge/pups to emg- sounded like a warwick/spector!
     
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  6. bassbenj

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    I've got a GSR 206 and yes the battery needs to be in but they last a long time. Just unplug when not using it. Mine is a killer feeling, killer playing, with tone to die for, bass. Cripes I got mine used and nearly had to pay new price for it because it's that good! The SR Ibby are THE classic active "modern" sound in a bass. Big fat stomping tone.

    I only have two complaints about mine. One is it doesn't have 24 frets like my SR506 and the other is that the pickups don't quite cover 6 strings evenly and you have to compensate a bit with EQ. But really neither of these apply to you. I"m sure it WILL cover 4 strings just fine and I only like 24 frets on my 6ers so you have two octaves up the C string.

    But if you think I'm voting Ibby here, you'd be wrong because Yammies are killer basses too. I don't own one but nearly did a couple of times because of the extreme bang for the buck. They tend to be a totally different kind of feel and in the case of a 170 a P/J a passive more traditional kind of bass in spite of the shape, but still excellent in its own way.

    So sorry. Both basses are killer choices and both brands are a great choice. I suggest trying them both if you can and see which one speaks to you. If it were me I'd decide on how the basses felt in my hands when I played them and on the kind of tone each of them had compared to what I was looking for. The rest wouldn't much matter to me.

    I bought the GSR because I have lots of old school basses. For example I've got a Squire P/J in Agathis which would be similar to the Yamaha. Note my Squire cost me more than half again as much used as the Yamaha does new. Did I say bang for buck? But I have no idea what kind of sound you are looking for.
     
  7. IngerAlb

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    Yes, battery in. Use a good one, unplug the bass when you're not playing it and it should hold for months (even one year +). When it gets drained it won't die out all of a sudden, so there will be signs that it needs to be replaced (distortion, volume loss, etc).

    As for choice - you are the only one who can decide. TEST THEM IN PERSON before buying. It's a dead simple, but critical advice.
     
  8. sharkbait130

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    My son has one. Yes , battery in. Unplug it when not in use and the batteries last 6 months to a year. If the battery goes dead , so does the bass...... carry a spare. BTW , it's the best sounding bass in the house (and this statement comes from a guy that plays a P Bass.) I have a GSR 200 4 string that's non battery and it doesn't sound as good. I would steal it from him but I don't like 5ers.
     
  9. The Rage

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    I owned a gsr200 for at least 4 years, and changed the battery 2 times only... If I remember well the bass is passive and the battery is needed only for the bass boost (Phat II EQ)... Tell me if I'm wrong.
    For the price I think this bass is very good (and pretty light...)
     
  10. thrasher666

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    I have EMG's (PJ set) in my RD707, and I set it up with 2-9V batteries, batteries last nearly a year (playing 1-2 hours 2x a week) Like everyone said, unplug the cord from the jack when not in use & they'll last quite a while.
     
  11. Trayster2

    Trayster2 Supporting Member

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    I LOVE my gsr200. It's a whole lot of bass for the price.
     
  12. IngerAlb

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    Passive pickups, active EQ, yes. Overall still an active bass though. As long as it needs a battery to operate, it's active ;)
     
  13. The Rage

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  14. Ferret

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    Easy fix and battery last for ever. Put a micro switch in bass to shut battery off even when plugged in. Like breaks etc. did it to my Ibanez axestar I have since 1985 and maybe a battery every two years.
     
  15. Ferret

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    Here is a pic, hard to see but you can see a small silver dot beside the input jack. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1392429888.739817.jpg
     

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