Ibanez GWB205-NTF Gary Willis

Electric Bass

  • 5-String
  • Fretless
  • Gary Willis premium signature model
  • Body: Ash
  • 3-Piece GWB maple neck
  • Fretboard: 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
  • Incl. case and multi tool
No JavaScript? No Audio Samples! :-(

Audio Examples

 
0:00
  • Fingered Funk
  • Motown
  • Rock
  • Soundcheck
  • Jazz-Swing

Further Information

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

This product is currently sold out

These are other customers' choices:

Ibanez SRF705-BBF
17% bought Ibanez SRF705-BBF 869 €
Ibanez GWB20TH-TQF
13% bought Ibanez GWB20TH-TQF 1.222 €
Harley Benton JB-40FL 2-Tone Sunburst
11% bought Harley Benton JB-40FL 2-Tone Sunburst 155 €
Fender SQ VM Jazz Bass Fretless
10% bought Fender SQ VM Jazz Bass Fretless 307 €
Our most popular Fretless Basses
4 Customer Ratings:
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
4 / 5.0
  • features
  • sound
  • quality
4 written ratings Read all reviews
Total
features
sound
quality
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.
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
features
sound
quality
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.
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Colour: Natural
Ibanez GWB205-NTF Gary Willis
(4)
Ibanez GWB205-NTF Gary Willis
to the product
1.469 €

Electric Bass 5-String, Fretless, Gary Willis premium signature model, Body: Ash, 3-Piece GWB maple neck, Fretboard: Ebony, Scale: 864 mm/ 34", Nut width: 45 mm, Pickup: Bartolini GWB, Bartolini...

  • Signature: Gary Willis
  • Colour: Natural
  • Number of strings: 5
  • Body: Ash
  • Soundboard: No
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Frets: 0
  • Pickup System: H
  • Elektronic: Active
  • Pickups: H
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Electronics: Active
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Ibanez GWB20TH-TQF
Ibanez GWB20TH-TQF
to the product
1.222 €

5-String Fretless E-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 EQ,...

  • 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
B-Stock from 1.365 € available
1.469 €
Free shipping incl. VAT
Medium-term availability
Medium-term availability

If you need this product urgently please contact us for further information or to see if we have a suitable alternative or a B-Stock available.

Standard Delivery Times
Share This Product
Your Contacts
Phone: +49-9546-9223-20
FAX: +49-9546-9223-24
Offers include 24% Greek VAT and are valid as long as stocks last. Shipping costs to Greece are 20 EUR, free shipping on orders above 298 EUR. Please click here for international Shipping rates. We do not accept liability for typographical errors or inaccurate information of any kind. *RRP = manufacturer's / distributor's recommended retail price in Germany
(3)
Recently Viewed
Casio PX-S1000 BK

Digital Piano 88 Keys with scaled hammer action keyboard (Smart Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard), 18 Sounds, 192-Voice polyphony, Hammer response, Damper resonance, Split and layer function, Chorus, DSP, Brilliance, 60 Internal exercises, Transposer, Metronome, Bluetooth audio, Connections: 2x Headphones,...

(1)
Recently Viewed
JBL One Series 104

Active Monitor System 4.5" Woofer, 0.75" Tweeter, 60 W class D amplifier (2 x 30 W), Optimised for desktop applications, Front volume control, Frequency range: 88 - 20,000 Hz (-3 dB SPL), 60 - 20,000 Hz (-10 dB), Max....

Recently Viewed
Audient Sono

Amp Modeling Interface 24-Bit / 96 kHz, 10 x 4 Amp Modeling Audio Interface, 2 x Combo inputs mic / line with Audient Class A microphone preamp (60 dB gain), Instrument input with tube preamp including 12AX7 tube and...

Recently Viewed
Chapman Guitars ML1 Mod Baritone Graphite V2

Baritone Electric Guitar Alder body, Ash veneer top, Maple neck, Ebony fretboard (Diospyros Celebica), Dot fretboard inlays, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Nut width: 42 mm, 24 Frets, Scale: 711 mm, Pickup: Chapman Sonorous Zero Baritone humbucker, Controls: Master Volume...

Recently Viewed
Electro Harmonix Mono Synth

Effect Pedal for Electric Guitar Guitar Synthesiser, Eleven mono-synthesizer sounds, Eleven programmable user presets, Controls: Vol Dry, Vol Synth, Sens, Ctrl, Type, LED: effect on, Footswitch: Preset, Bypass, Connections: Input (6.3 mm jack), EXP (6.3 mm jack), Synth Output...

(2)
Recently Viewed
Antares Auto-Tune Access

Pitch Correction Plugin (Download) Software for automatic intonation correction in real time, Easy and fast pitch correction, Based on the algorithms of Auto-Tune Pro, Simple parameter set for easy operation, Low-latency for live applications, Compatible to Antares Auto-Key (Article...

Recently Viewed
Steinberg Cubase Pro 10 Upgrade AI

Audio MIDI sequencer (DAW)Upgrade from Cubase AI 6 or later 32 Bit Integer and 64 Bit Float, Unlimited number of simultaneously usable audio and MIDI tracks, Supports up to 256 physical inputs and outputs, 5.1 Surround...

Recently Viewed
Marshall Major III Bluetooth Brown

Bluetooth Headset Supra-aural, Closed, Foldable, 40 mm Dynamic driver, Bluetooth aptX Technology, Up to 30 hours Bluetooth operating time, Control element on headphones, Music Share (one more listener can be plugged into an earpiece with a 3.5 mm jack...

Recently Viewed
Tama Imperialstar 7pcs ltd. -BBOB

Tama Imperialstar series, model: IP62H6NBBOB+8, limited 7pcs version, finish: Blacked Out Black (BBOB), covered 8-ply, 7.5mm thick poplar shells, black nickel shell hardware, set containing 22"x18" bass drum with Accu Tune bass drum hoop, 08"x07" - 10"x08" - 12"x09" tom...

Recently Viewed
Clavia Nord Piano Monitor

Piano Monitor Specially designed for optimal dynamic playback of the Nord Piano Library, Optimized for near field, Additional auxiliary audio input to connect a laptop or smartphone, Power: 2x 80 W, Loudspeaker equipment: 3/4" Tweeter and 4 1/2" woofer,...

Recently Viewed
Fender Sixty-Six MN DPB

Jazz Bass Electric Guitar Alternate Reality Series, Body: Ash, Bolt-on neck: Maple, Fretboard: Maple, Neck shape: Modern C, Scale: 648 mm (25.5"), Nut width: 41.9 mm (1.65"), Fretboard radius: 241 mm (9.5"), Fretboard inlays: Black dots, 22 Medium jumbo...

Recently Viewed
Positive Grid BIAS FX 2 Standard

Positive Grid BIAS FX 2 Standard (ESD); guitar effects plugin; Guitar Match technology simulates specific guitars, which can be played wiht regular guitars; contains Guitar Match-Essential with 2 guitars, 45 effect pedals and rack processors as well as 30 classic...

Give Feedback
Feedback Found an error or want to give us feedback about this page?

We're looking forward to hearing from you and aim to solve any problems as soon as we can.