Ibanez GWB205-NTF Gary Willis

Electric Bass

  • 5-String
  • Fretless
  • Gary Willis Premium Signature Model
  • Body: Ash
  • 3-Strip GWB maple neck
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Scale: 864 mm (34")
  • Nut width: 45 mm
  • Pickup: Bartolini GWB
  • Bartolini NTBT 2-band EQ with EQ-Bypass circuit
  • Standard bridge
  • Black hardware
  • Finger ramp
  • Colour: Natural flat
  • Gig bag included
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  • Fingered Funk
  • Motown
  • Rock
  • Soundcheck
  • Jazz-Swing

Further Information

Lefthand Model No
Colour Natural
Number of strings 5
Body Ash
Neck Maple
Fretboard Ebony
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System H
Elektronic Active
Incl. Case Yes
Incl. Gigbag No

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Very comfortable fretless with good sound
05.11.2016
The Ibanez GWB205-NTF is an Indonesian made fretless.

This is the mid-priced Gary Willis signature bass. One of three models.

The bass features the bass ramp, which Willis is famous for. Also Bartolini p/u and preamp. It has a very tight string spacing (16,5 mm), which may be very tight if you have big hands.Polished ebony fingerboard on a 3-piece maple neck. Very comfortable! The ash body has a very thin coating, which according to Willis, makes the tone better.

The only issue with this bass is the fingerboard, which is poorly leveled, and some of the fret-markers are a bit higher than the f/b, causing buzz and dead notes on different spots.
Keep in mind the this bass is not handmade as its Japanese big sister.

Despite the fact that Quality control seems rather poor, this is a good buy. This bass will eventually become top notch after necessary adjustments are made. Easy played and very responsive. Clear sound with a huge B-string. Well balanced and light weight. The preamp is silent.

This bass has a huge potential and is highly recommended.
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Great bass - if you know a good luthier!
Scytta, 30.11.2018
I've been playing with a Willis style ramp on a 4 string Warwick Corvette Std fretless for over a year, and it has seriously benefited my playing. I wanted a ramped bass with 5 strings at equivalent or better quality, so the GWB-205 is an obvious choice. Having used it for a few weeks, my assessment is that this is an excellent bass provided that you know a good luthier who can finish the fingerboard. The factory setup appears high for a fretted instrument (though the neck relief was about right at 1mm). Lowering the action (as most fretless players and anyone playing in the Gary Willis style will do) immediately exposes a few dead / buzzing spots on the fingerboard. Once your luthier has planed the board, adjusted the nut and saddles etc., it is a mighty fine instrument - excellent tone and sustain, relatively light weight and lovely resonance. Great mwah with either stock roundwounds or my preferred Thomastik Infeld Jazz flats. The 16.5mm string spacing appears fine as long as you are not digging in (which you won't if the ramp is properly adjusted). I'm playing (if there is no PA) through a very clean and neutral Phil Jones PB-300 powered cabinet, for P&W, electric folk, bit of jazz and even some classical (cello parts) etc., Excellent tonal variation from the single Bartolini pickup and 2 band eq., - so much so that I hardly need the Sansamp RBI which I was using with the Warwick.
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Colour: Natural
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Electric Bass 5-String, Fretless, Gary Willis Premium Signature Model, Body: Ash, 3-Strip GWB maple neck, Fingerboard: Ebony, Scale: 864 mm (34"), Nut width: 45 mm, Pickup: Bartolini GWB, Bartolini...

  • Signature: Gary Willis
  • Lefthand Model: No
  • Colour: Natural
  • Number of strings: 5
  • Body: Ash
  • Soundboard: No
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Frets: 0
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Pickup System: H
  • Elektronic: Active
  • Pickups: H
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Electronics: Active
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Ibanez GWB20TH-TQF
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5-String Fretless Electric Bass Body: Lime tree, Top: Ash, Three-piece maple neck, Fretboard: Ebony, Fretboard inlays: White off-set dots, 16.5 mm String spacing, Pickup: Aguilar DCB, Aguilar OBP-2...

  • Lefthand Model: No
  • Colour: Sunrise
  • Number of strings: 5
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Scale: Long Scale
  • Pickup System: H
  • Elektronic: Active
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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