Ibanez GB10SE-BS George Benson

Electric Guitar

  • George Benson signature model
  • Spruce top
  • Maple bottom and sides
  • Body depth: 9.21 cm (3 5/8")
  • Body width: 36.83 cm (14 1/2")
  • Glued 3-piece GB maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Fretboard binding
  • Acrylic & abalone block inlays
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 22 Medium frets with fret edge treatment
  • Truss rod cover: Rosewood (dalbergia latifolia)
  • Bone / brass nut
  • Pickup: 2 GB special humbucker
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • GB 10 tailpiece
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Colour: Brown sunburst
  • Case included
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  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Jazz

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Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Maple
Top Spruce
Neck Maple
Fretboard Ebony
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickup System HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case Yes
Incl. Gigbag No
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Perfect in its kind: Let it sing

Professeur Z, 12.06.2017
This guitar responds perfectly to what it is asked to do, that is to say to sing of soft melodies and of beautiful chords with a warm sound to wish.

The body is very fine and comfortable, we almost have the impression of playing on a solid-body guitar

The handle is quite short (which is a good thing) allows a good grip, the varnish is very pleasant to the touch and the guitar is really well balanced.

Almost no adjustments to make (thanks thomann!), If not the height of the strings to fit my game.
The microphones on this warm / slam sound that one expects from a signature GB, contrary to what can be read here and there, the 3 positions of the selector are usable and remains musical (under conditions to play with the potentiometers of Tone and know what you want).

It is necessary to be careful because the level of output of the microphones is quite high, so it must be taken into account if you expected to use it with a sound card coupled with amp simulation.
On a hot rod amp Deluxe, Victory V40, Morgan AC20, Fender Blues Jr, it is pure madness.
It also sounds very well on transistors such as JC120, Blues Cube and ZT Amp ..

Conclusion:

Sound: 5/5: The microphones and the buttons of very sensitive tones allow to pass from a sound slapping and warm for the solo to a very soft and velvety sound for the octaves or the chords.

Style: Smooth jazz, Jazz, Fusion, Funk, Blues, Bebop ...

Coupled with pedals style: Ep booster, TS808, BB preamp, SP comp or Octo Comp, the sound is "inflated", very dynamic and very present in the mix.

Playable: 5/5: With flatwounds pulling high, the guitar plays alone, it's really impressive, it must be taken in hand for about ten minutes to understand how it works (to avoid the parasitic noises of other strings Etc ...) The tuning of the tuning is impeccable, I grant it 1 time every 2 days playing an average 5 to 6 hours on ...

Finishes: 4.5 / 5: J? Removes a half point because mine has some trace of excess varnish at the nut, since the nut is made in Brass & Bone that can be understood, it is not big But it deserves to be said.

Final review: It is a purchase that I do not regret at all, I would do it with eyes closed (the confidence I have in Thomann for more than 10 years also helped to control closed eyes ...). This guitar with a real personality allows an expression without limit. Do not ask any more questions: BUY IT.
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Masterpiece!

18.10.2016
The Ibanez GB10 is a jazz guitar of a different kind. It was developed in the seventies in close collaboration with George Benson. Benson wanted an easy-to-use and robust instrument that reproduces the typical sound of a full-resonance jazz guitar even in higher volume. He should get it with the GB10.
Since then about forty years have passed, and this model has been an integral part of the range of this brand since then. In addition to the high-priced Japan version, there was still a slightly cheaper Korea model called GB 10 JS (Jazz Standard) in the nineties, which was somewhat simplified in details. The GB 10 SE (Standard Edition) discussed here is now being built in China, making it significantly more affordable. In the important features (wood selection, construction, pickups, hardware) the guitar corresponds to the Japanese original. Only the body design was minimally altered in the area of ??the upper frame and the cutaway. The guitar works overall very high quality and the processing is faultless. Strings, neck curvature - everything was so to say "out of the box" perfectly adjusted (D? Addario Flatwounds inclusive). The neck has a (for me pleasant) strong D-shape. The playability I would describe as perfect.
To the sound: Of course, it has not played the volume of a great jazz guitar, but the small body, apart from the handling, also has sound advantages. The sounds seem somehow "purged". They come very light-footed and accentuated, with a slight "smack" and good sustain therefore. The sound of the GB10 SE has everything a high-quality full-resonance guitar makes: warm, lively sound and a very good, balanced response in all situations.
My conclusion: China - Japan, I am inspired by this guitar. The Chinese model variant of the Ibanez classic GB 10 fulfills for me in every respect the expectations, which meet the name of the great endorser George Benson. The GB10 SE is a truly professional and (in the positive sense) perfect jazz guitar. She has a lot of character from the very beginning (... and still looks impertinently good)!
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  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickup System: HH
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickup System: HH
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Pickup System: HH
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: Yes
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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