Almost anyone familiar with guitars has heard of the Ibanez brand name, but you may not be familiar with the actual name of the company that started the Ibanez brand, Hoshino Gakki. The Hoshino Gakki company started selling Spanish guitars under the Ibanez name in the 1930s. In the late 1950s they actually started producing their own guitars, although the company was really just producing knock-offs of European and American brands.
Finally in the 1980s, Ibanez started to manufacturer their own models using original designs. This is the true modern era of the Ibanez guitar brand that is loved by heavy metal and rock musicians worldwide. These feature wild body designs and innovative changes to classical American bass guitars.
The Ibanez brand of bass guitars is unique because of the design modifications that have been made to the classical guitar manufacturing process. The sometimes strange looking body shapes makes them visually appealing, but many of the other features help to achieve the sound that their guitars are known for. High output electrical instruments, unique pickup configurations and full 2-octave fretboards are just a few of these features that give Ibanez bass guitars an amazing sound that won’t be found from other companies.
In recent years, Ibanez has been able to market a number of decent series of bass guitars that are very affordable and still offer the unique features that can compete with rival Japanese guitar manufacturer ESP. One of the more popular modern models is the Soundgear Series and it’s low-cost cousin, the GSR Series.
Ibanez Bass Guitar Reviews
Ibanez Iceman ICB300EXBK Bass Guitar
The Ibanez Iceman (ICB300EXBK) is a stylish electric bass guitar that is gives the proper sound and attitude for rock bassists. The Iceman features a mahogany body and a 34″ scale maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard.
Ibanez SR300 Bass Guitar
The Ibanez SR300 is an excellent budget electric bass guitar for beginner and intermediate bassists. The body design of the SR300 is made for extreme playability because of the light weight of the comfortable arched body and a tilted output jack that will keep your guitar cord out of your way.
Ibanez Soundgear GSR100EX Bass Guitar
The Ibanez Soundgear GSR100EX is from the GSR series of the Soundgear line. The GSR series is an entry level budget bass guitar series that offers the style and a very similar sound of the famous Soundgear basses for a fraction of the price. This is a very easy bass to play and is highly recommended for beginners.