Ibanez GSRM20B-WNF

Electric Bass

  • Body: Okume
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: New Zealand pine
  • Scale: 726 mm (short scale)
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Pickups: Dynamix P/J-style single coils
  • B10 Bridge
  • Chrome hardware
  • Colour: Walnut flat
  • Suitable case: Article no. 212516 (not included)
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  • Rock (Bridge & Neck Pickup)
  • Slap (Bridge & Neck Pickup)

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Colour Brown
Neck Maple
Fretboard New Zealand pine
Frets 22
Pickup System PJ
Elektronic Passive
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Great little bass!
Too old for this, 20.05.2020
Firstly, let's get this out the way, short scale basses and guitars are real instruments, not toys or just for children. Paul McCartney - short scale Hofner "violin" bass and John Lennon - short scale Rickenbacker 325. Get my point? OK.

With that out of the way, this little bass is great for a wide variety of people. Beginners of all ages, the young with smaller hands, older beginners who may not have paticularly supple hands any more, but all beginners can benefit from a short bass. My first bass was a Hofner and I went on to play many 34" scale basses, once you have some proficiency the step up is easier than diving in the deep end.

The other group of musicians who really do well with short scale basses is guitarists, who may want a bass around for a bit of practice or home recording. It is almost seemless jumping between a 25"(ish) scale guitar neck and the Ibanez 28.5" scale neck. This is exactly why I have tried this bass. I still have 2 full scale basses, but have been playing a lot more guitar recently and was finding the 9 inch scale difference a little bit troublesome. This bass has cured that.

This bass also has a factor that is hard to put into words, it's unusual and you just can't put it down, it's fun, unobtrusive, light and easy to pick up and noodle on. All excellent reasons to consider it. Anything that makes you want to pick an instrument up is a major plus.

The setup out the box was exact to the published Ibanez specs, action a little high for my personal tastes but still easy to play - the shorter scale seems to result in a lot less string tension. The only issue was intonation was out, all strings were sharp. This only became apparent at 12th fret and above, and probably not noticeable to a new or low experience ear. With saddles adjusted fully back, G was sorted but E, A, and D remained a little sharp on the tuner but close enough. Fret work is surprisingly good for a lower price point bass, tuners are decent and about what you would expect. Volume and tone pots aren't great, but work and I expect the volumes will be more pickup selectors than blenders. While I've not had it long, it's seems at its best with everything on full, tonally it's quite responsive to where you play the string, which is good for beginners and it makes it easy to markedly adjust tone by adjusting playing position. It's not hard to get great tones out of it.

Over all, this is a great, fun little bass for the money, probably not for the experienced gigging bassist unless you've some medical need (but it is very giggable) , but great for everyone else.
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David305, 05.04.2016
Firstly, let me state that I am a guitar player, that wants to have a bass for occasional use. I have tried full scale length basses, and find them uncomfortable for my hands, so was prepared to give a shorter scale instrument a chance - and I am so glad that this was my choice. I cannot fault anything about this instrument from my perspective, action and intonation good straight out of the box, finish of frets good, neck and body finish all fine. Played through a friends 80 watt bass combo, this guitar bumps and growls as I hoped for, the range of sounds from the two pickups and controls, most satisfactory. It is, in the overall scale of things, an inexpensive instrument, but there is nothing at all about this guitar that says 'cheap'. It is comfortable to hold and play, and is about the same overall length as most electric guitars, (38.5"end to end). Are there any negatives? For me, no, because my choice was always going to be a short scale, and within the limited range of available product, and at this price point, I would doubt that you could find better. For players with smaller hands, or like myself just more used to a conventional guitar, well worth considering.
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Excellent bass for a guitarist
bvella, 30.07.2018
I play guitar and this is my first bass. I bought this bass to experiment and learn bass. I can say that I was impressed by this bass.

I have not played many basses, but the few times I noodled around on a friend's bass I always found the 34 inch scale uncomfortable. This scale length is very comfortable and felt familiar to me being used to the guitar scale (unsurprising as there is only around 4 inches of difference vs around 9 inches from a standard bass).

The sound is excellent. both the P and J pickups have a great full sound and they offer a good variation in tone when blending between them with the volume controls. The controls are quite simplistic with 2 volumes and a tone. There are no eq knobs so you need to use your amp settings for those.

The setup was also impressively good. The action was comfortable low and the intonation was spot on.

Aesthetically, the bass is also a beauty, and looks more expensive than it is.

Overall recommended for a guitar player wanting to cross over to bass.
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Best Buy Ever!!
figonacci, 15.01.2021
I bought this guitar because i wanted to start playing bass.

The short-scale neck is definitely not a problem since i am a former guitar player. It actualy helped me to get used to the bass style.

Perfect sounding music maker!

The finish on it is impecable and a lot of people say that they love the colour.
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