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Ibanez GWB205 Gary Willis 5-String Fretless Bass Guitar

Ibanez GWB205 Gary Willis 5-String Fretless Bass Guitar, Ash Body, 34" Scale GWB/3-Piece Maple Fretless Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, Bartolini Pickup/2-Band EQ, Detachable Finger Ramp


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Bass virtuoso Gary Willis is revered by legions of fans worldwide. In addition to having a distinguished career as a solo artist and co-founding the legendary fusion band Tribal Tech, Willis has played and recorded with the biggest names in the business. As an artist who holds strong opinions about gear, he found deep kinship with the bass builders of Ibanez. Through the years, the release of each of his signature basses is a notable event among the bass gear press. Now, the GWB205E 5-string is introduced with similar fanfare.

The signature model features his secret weapon—the Willis ramp. The ramp prevents the right hand from digging in too hard, resulting in a lighter touch for lightning fast playing and better tone.

The GWB205E features an Ash body, GWB 3-piece Maple neck with ebony Fingerboard. Three strap buttons—one on the front horn and two located in different positions behind the bridge—allow the player to ergonomically fine tune the bass according to hand positioning. An endless array of tones can be accomplished via a pair of Bartolini GWB pickups along with onboard Bartolini NTBT 2-band equalization with an EQ bypass switch. Beyond its obvious playability, the Natural Flat finish contrasted with black hardware makes for a visual impression of mystery and power.

Gig Bag included


  • Ash Body w/ Tequila Sunrise Flat Color
  • 34" Scale GWB/3-Piece Maple Fretless Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard w/ Off-Set White Dot Inlay
  • Bartolini GWB Bridge Pickup & Bartolini NTBT 2-Band EQ
  • Detachable Finger Ramp
  • Std. Bridge & Gotoh Machine Heads
  • Gig Bag Included

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  • Fretless 5-String Bass Guitar

Tremendous Bass for the Cost of Admission


If you know what you are purchasing this is a tremendous bass for the cost of admission! I must preface my review as I come from a Fender bass guitar background; therefore, it is biased as I have no experience with Ibanez designs. So here goes: Gary Willis describes his GWB design as a user interface. I believe this is an apt description since it offers considerable features in a simple package. This bass includes an ash body with a bolt-on neck and one pickup with ultra-simple controls. The specially designed machine head tuners assist with easy and accurate tuning. The pickup and its placement is somewhere between the traditional neck jazz position and the Music Man humbucker position. This giving a rich thick and crisp tone with the active preamp when played through my Aguilar 350 amp and SL 112 cabinet. The neck for me has the lowest action I have previously played allowing for a light left hand touch up and down the neck. While some may not be prepared for the 16.5mm close string spacing it offered me the advantage for playing quick melodic passages. I understand Jaco could do it with a standard jazz bass but being a mere mortal, I must take every advantage I can! Now the drawbacks for me. Gary previously states in product videos that his design typically has a lightweight body and my example is 9 lbs. 15 ounces! I understand that this isn't heavy for many five stringers but having spoken to other GWB205 owners' theirs weighs in around the 8lbs. range. Additionally, I know that GWB205 models used to ship with a hard-shell case compared to the thinner gig bag. Please note, neither of my issues affect playability and I still would highly recommend this bass guitar to any player willing to put the time into this fretless system.



GWB205 Gary Willis 5-String Fretless Bass Guitar

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Category Solid Body Electric Bass
Number of Strings 5
Body Style GWB
Scale Length 34"
Body Wood Ash
Neck Wood 3-Piece Maple
Fingerboard Wood Ebony
Pickup Configuration H
Color Sunburst
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Gig Bag
Series GWB
Model GWB205TQF
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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