Submitted March 10, 2010 by a customer from yahoo.com
"Great Starter Bass!"
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If this is your first bass, and you want something that can take a lot of play for not a lot of money, that is what this bass is for. You can learn on it, and even play on stage if you have enough amp. I could not seriously see someone buying this as a second bass or for a serious player. There are too many other things that you would want. (active eq, better wood, real chrome hardware, attractive fit and finish) If you want a good starter bass, this is it though. My only complaints being that the plastic knobs and the eq, vol, tone are no easy to use or particularly effective.
I am not an experienced bass player, but I would have to say that this bass sounds goods. It has a nice fat round bass tone, which works for most things. With good strings, this bass will resonate nicely.
This bass has fairly typical features for a low end bass, but they are underwhelming. I don't get much out of the passive eq, tone, and volume controls. They are actually quite confusing, and don't seem to add to the tone much. Better to get them where you like them and leave them alone. Also, the knobs are all plasic, which is cheap. The wood used is something called 'agathis,' which turns out to be an evergreen wood, probably closer to pine than spruce.
Ease of Use
This guitar sets up pretty easily, tunes easily, plays easily. Would be a 10 except for the eq, vol, tone. I think I would have preferred the more conventional cheap bass knobs with 2 volumes and a tone. That would be a lot easier to use, and probably just as effective.
This is a very good quality beginner bass, but I have to take points off for the wood used. It really feels like it's made out of plastic (except neck and fretboard which are good). Until I looked 'amathis' up, I assumed it was a plastic body. I know the knobs are plastic. The tuning hardware is a metal of decent heft. Overall good quality for a starter bass, but not great quality when compared with more expensive basses. It seems fairly sturdy and would hold up well over time if one is careful with the hardware.
Okay, here is where this bass undeniably shines. It is a really good starter bass for the money. I wouldn't have any doubts about buying this as a starter bass for any beginner. Even used, I would think it would be a good starter. It is good for learning, and if it's played through a loud enough amp, it can even be used on stage.
Did not use. Benefit of the doubt.
The Wow Factor
Not a sexy beast. This thing is attractive and functional, but I don't think anyone ever drools over a GSR200. It looks good enough from a distance though that someone might not be able to tell you a playing a cheap bass. But that is just saying that it's not ugly. It's not really desireable either.
Rock, Metal, Blues
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