Ibanez GSR206 6-String Bass
Ibanez has long been a go-to brand for bassists who like to explore the outer limits of the low end. All of their bass guitars (whether 4, 5, or 6-string) offer a variety of tonal options and are built to provide a comfortable and intuitive playing experience. With their GSR206, Ibanez provides a great entry point into the somewhat-niche realm of 6-string basses at a very low price tag. It’s a good starting point for those who are still new to playing an instrument of this caliber.
First off, the 1-piece maple neck is definitely wide, which should come as no surprise considering it is built to accommodate six strings. However, this isn’t too prohibitive for playing, as it is still very fast and smooth. You’ll have no problems swiftly maneuvering across all 22 frets. There are also two passive Dynamix pickups sit in the neck and bridge positions.
The tone this 6-string bass guitar can be a more subtle, round sound, or it can really have some bite to it depending on how you dial in your tone using the active/passive toggle and tone knobs in conjunction with the built-in Phat II EQ. This bass sounds great for more traditional rock and jazz playing, but also can shine when used with slap and pop techniques, making it a good option for funk and harder styles as well.