Hello and welcome to this week's article! Today we're going to talk about an interesting bass present in the Ibanez catalog of the last few years, included the year 2013.
The Soundgear 205 Gio is an entry level model (as all of the Gio serie), which presents impressive fetures for its price range, features that sets it as the 5 strings bass with the best quality-to price ratio.
The body is in Agathis, the 34" neck is a "bolt-on" made in maple, with a 22 frets rosewood fretboard with a thin profile, very easy and confortable to play.
The particularity of this bass that sets it above the direct competitors is the Phat II active eq: the two pickups are active, powered with a 9v battery, but the same is for the eq section: added to the 2 volume knobs and the tone knob there is in facts an addictional knob that adds more bass frequencies, to compensate the cheapness of the wood, boosting the eq at around 100hz and adding some air to the highs too.
This solution makes this bass much more resonant and deep, producing an impressive amount of low end.
Tech Specs taken from the Ibanez Website:
body: Agathis body
fretboard: Rosewood fretboard w/White dot inlay
fret: Medium frets
number of frets: 22
bridge: B15 bridge
neck pu: DXH-5 neck pu
bridge pu: DXH-5 bridge pu
equaliser: Phat II eq
hardware color: Chrome