SX jazz vs. Ibanez GSR200

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ccrnnr9, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. ccrnnr9

    ccrnnr9 Guest

    Sep 1, 2008
    Well I promise I will leave you guys alone with the newb questions after this one. I have the opportunity to pick up a bass and bass amp tomorrow (sunday). I have a couple craigslist finds. I found a Ibanez GSR200 with 15w beringer amp for $190. I also have the option of going with an sx/rondo jazz bass for $110 (I think I want the short scale jazzy for $110 If I go that route I will probably pick up a cheap amp used in town or possibly on craigslist for $50-100. Any input you have is appreciated.

    The majority of my bass tinkering was on an old Ibanez soundgear bass that was similar to the gsr200 and I really liked it. On the other hand I hear nothing but good about the sx basses. I would prefer to buy locally (which I can't do with the sx) to support local businesses and so I can begin playing asap instead of waiting for the bass to be shipped. Ideally I could try both out before buying however that is not an option since I don't have anyone local that has an sx for sale.

    What should I do or would I go bad either way?
  2. RockinGamer

    RockinGamer Guest

    Feb 3, 2007
    I have experience with both of these, or at least my ibanez was the GSR190 which is very close. You can't really go wrong with either, however IMO, I like the SX better. I actually own that exact model, its very comfortable to play because of the shorter scale. I sold my ibanez because I just didn't play it anymore. However, both of these sound great and our awesome choices to start with.
  3. PrettyPunkChick

    PrettyPunkChick Guest

    Jan 9, 2009
    I started on a GSR100 and I just got an Essex P-bass copy. I wish I had started on the SX because it feels much more similar to some higher end basses that I've played in stores than the Ibanez, and the Ibanez has sharp frets. It also sounds better.
  4. bspot

    bspot Guest

    Sep 9, 2008
    Charlotte NC
    I too have experience with both. I own a Ibanez GSR200 and a SX SJB-62 5 String. I honestly like the sound of both...they both have that growl that I like. The thing I like best about the Ibanez is how insanely light it is. It's easy to gig with it for hours at a time. My new SX has quality written all over it...Its a blast playing it. It is however heavier but not 'too heavy' if that makes any sense.

    If forced to pick one, I'm not sure I could chose since its a 4 string-to-5 string thing. For a newer bass player, I honestly think either choice would be a great start. Is the Ibanez used? I would chose a new SX over a used Ibanez especially when you consider the fantastic customer service you get with Kurt from Rondo Music.
  5. martyman5000

    martyman5000 Guest

    Sep 12, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    I've owned an Ibanez GSR200 that I bought for my daughter. I only sold it because she lost interest in it.

    The GSR 200 is very different from a Fender type bass because it has a thin neck and active pick-ups. Very well made bass that I enjoyed playing very much.

    An SX is just a cheap bass that looks like a Fender...If you want a (passive) fender shaped bass I would suggest a Squire over an SX and day of the can go into a store and try one out also.
  6. bspot

    bspot Guest

    Sep 9, 2008
    Charlotte NC
    Your anti-SX message has been repeated in a variety of threads here. We get it, you don't like SX. PLEASE give it a rest.
  7. FiveStringsNme

    FiveStringsNme Guest

    Sep 27, 2002
    Suffolk County, NY
    both are great deals, but I know more bassists that started with the ibanez, more so because ibanez starter kits are found in way more places.

    For looks, the sx most certainly wins, but like it's been earlier in this thread, the GSR has a great feel... and the amp it comes with in the starter kit is one of the better practice amps I've come across.

    let us know what you decide.
  8. martyman5000

    martyman5000 Guest

    Sep 12, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    You are a Spam Troll...I only gave my opinion, I'm not selling anything. You even give a cheesy sales pitch
    that I've read too many times to not think that you are a bunch of Spam Trolls...
  9. Kyon`


    Aug 17, 2007
    Boston, MA
    Personally I didn't care for the neck on the Ibanez(too thin but I like me a thick neck anywho), not a bad bass though but I've liked every sx I've played a lot more. With SX if it's a miss well just send it back, Kurt's great, though he's out for NAMM.
  10. What is a spam troll please?
  11. martyman5000

    martyman5000 Guest

    Sep 12, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Someone that looks for SX threads only to sell or pitch the bass...there is enough information on this site if you search for SX bass guitars that these threads are redundant and thus only made to keep promoting sales.
  12. So by your definition, when someone says that one brand is better than another brand he is qualified as a spam troll.

    You argument have no foundation because SX is one of all the brand that have a club or a mega thread so I could say that you are a spam troll to.
  13. El-Bob


    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON

    Anyone who posts anything supporting Fender is a... SPAM TROLL!

    same goes for Ibanez, and ESP, and Sadowsky, and Squeir!

    THEY'RE ALL SPAM TROLLS!!!!!! :eek::eek::eek:

    or perhaps they're just entitled to their own opinions :smug:
  14. +1

    (héhé it's my first +1)
  15. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    What's a person that looks for SX threads only to try to post their bad propaganda about them?
    Have you ever owned an SX at all? I doubt it a lot. We don't need more people out there who will only look at the name on the headstock and price alone. I feel sorry for those types; they can't make a decision on their own, and need things to be expensive to feel good about them. There's enough people with negative, misfounded feelings about SXes on here too.

    I owned three. I still have my fretless. I also owned a low-end Ibanez 5 string.
    IMO, the SX _blew away_ the Ibanez in playability, tone, and over all build quality.
    The Ibanez was an SR305DX.
    I would take an SX over all Squires, and probably all low end Ibanez's, when buying site unseen.
  16. martyman5000

    martyman5000 Guest

    Sep 12, 2004
    Toronto Canada

    I actually owned a Ibanez GSR200 :meh: So I posted a vid of me playing mine before I sold it.

    If ccrnnr9 can afford a GSR200 then he could afford a Squire that already has better hardware than say a SX...I can feel good about suggesting a bass someone can go to a store and try and not from just the word of spammy trolls.
  17. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    I own an SX right now, and have owned two others in the past, three total.
    I also own a Squire right now as well.
    I can tell you, the hardware on both is very similar. I wouldn't say one is better than the other. The bridges are both bent metal. The tuners are hard to turn. The pickguard is cheap on both. The screws are of cheap quality, and strip easy on both.

    Again, have you owned an SX? Have you even played one??
    Maybe you should watch who you're calling a spamming troll, as you might eat those words later, as that's what it looks like you are to me. You profile says you've never played live, and never owned an SX. How can you honestly comment on them??
  18. Either bass could be good or bad. At this price point you need to evaluate each individually once you can put your hands on it.

    I own a Geddy jazz, a Standard, and an SX Fretless P. Previously I owned a Squier P, and a Fender P. I've spent lots of time trying out everything I can get my hands on.

    Regarding my SX P. I sent one back, and the second bass was good enough to keep. I did however work it a lot to get it were I thought it needed to be. I have several post about this bass in the Fretless club thread. It is a decent P bass. It is better than my old Squier P, but not as good as my current Fender gear.

    SX are decent basses at there price point, and aside from having to wait for shipping and maybe sending one back if needed, I would buy another one. They feel like a real bass, and when setup play well. I prefer the SX neck profile to the current affinity, or regular series Squiers. The vintage line of Squiers is another animal alltogether. They are quite nice basses from a fit, finish, and feel standpoint.

    The Ibanez stuff is about the same, except that you can put your hands on one at your local store. This is what I would do.

    Order the SX you want, and see what you think. If it appears to be a keeper, then take it with you and compare it to the Ibanez. Then you can A/B them to each other.

    Rondo has a 7 day free shipping return, and a 30 keep or return policy.

    I think it will really come down to ergonomics for you, as they are both ok at their price point.
  19. martyman5000

    martyman5000 Guest

    Sep 12, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    maybe I'm wrong looks like a quality job to me..:rolleyes:

  20. man i have a ministar that have no quality in routing and etc but plays like hell. so Whats your point if that beast play like the demon??:)