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Older Ibanez 506/406 vs GSR 206 questions.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stinkoman20xx, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. Stinkoman20xx


    Oct 19, 2003
    After being on this site for 10 years I never thought I would do a vs thread lol.

    Anyways I've been thinking of getting a cheap 6 string bass again either an Ibanez 406 or older model 506 lately. By older model i'm referring to the non mahogany body models. The reason being is my first good bass was an Ibanez 406 and i'm kinda nostalgic towards that model and always lusted over the teal 506 but haven't seen a 400 or 500 series soundgear in a long time. I see used GSR206 used a lot for close to the price of a used 406 or 506 but the one I played from what I remember was not a nice as those older basses but its been close to 10 years since I played one. Does anybody happen to have A GSR 206 and a 406/older 506 or have played both and compare the two on build quality and sound?
  2. The GSR isn't nearly as good IMO, especially if the price is similar.
  3. Technotitclan

    Technotitclan Lurking TB from work

    Mar 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    How much older? Are you looking for a comparison of a early 2000 SR400/500 to a brand new GSR or a early 90's SR? I have experience with a GSR and I own a 90's 400 along with a newer 500.
  4. 6stringpanda


    Aug 9, 2013
    I have 5 ibanez 6 string soundgears. Ive owned nearly every 6 string model they have made and I can tell you that the only one I do not care for is the GSR.

    Also, regret getting rid of my old 406 and pre-mag 506s. they were much brighter than the new ibanez 506s (which I still own).

    If you can get an 886 somewhere go for it, I had two and am always on the lookout for used ones.

    The new 506s (706 too) feel great just to me the tone is a little dark.

    If you are worried about price-the new SR356 is awesome, played one worth the extra 100 over the GSR
  5. Stinkoman20xx


    Oct 19, 2003
    a comparison of a early 2000 SR400/500 to a brand new GSR is pretty much what i'm looking for i guess early or mid 90s would work as well as I know they had a 2 band and 3 band eq, but pretty any earlier ones before the 500 series switched to mahogany and barts.
  6. Stinkoman20xx


    Oct 19, 2003
    Its not really the price is as much as I know they are older models over 10 years old now. I was thinking that a newer gsr206 would maybe had better electronics and build quality. I actually owned a newer 506 a 406 and had 1306 in the past. Didn't care for the 506. It wasn't bad but loved my 1306 and funny you mentioned the 886 I always wanted to try that series but could never find one.
  7. KPJ


    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    I think you mean SR256?
  8. 6stringpanda


    Aug 9, 2013
    Yes-the 256!

    Ive had so many of these things I get confused!

    886 is king though!

    1206 was good except for electronics.
  9. Technotitclan

    Technotitclan Lurking TB from work

    Mar 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    Heres my .02 incase you want it:

    A close friend of mine has a GSR that I've played more than a few times on. I currently own, and have for a while, a Korean made 93 SR400. I also own a 06 SR500. My 400 is one of the maple body non-preamp equipped 400's.

    My thoughts are that the difference between the GSR and SR400 are close to the difference between a Squier and a Fender. Its a handful of little things. Construction is a tad better. Pickups are a pit better. The the 400 is a multi laminate neck (3 piece maple). I think the GSR is a one piece. It feels just a bid more solid.

    However.... I have tried a GSR 6 string I feel that the current GSR 6 string is a better made instrument than the GSR 4 string I tried before. If you've tried the current line up of SR 6'ers and don't like them in comparison to the old I don't think your going to like the GSR. My 90's SR400 has a certain something that I think comes from the maple body and if that's what your looking for than you may have to look for an old one.
  10. JustForSport


    Nov 17, 2011