This signature model from Ibanez is a quality instrument that delivers the goods with genuine style.
This artist model has been created for one of the bass worlds top contemporary jazz bassists – Gerald Veasley. It’s an astonishing example of design, workmanship and artistry, and the care and attention afforded in its production is remarkable. The body is compact and lightweight, making for a bass that’s comfortable to wear and beautifully balanced. It has a special 14mm string spacing and the urge to start using chords is hard to resist. The strings are secured by what Ibanez call a Mono-rail bridge unit – each string effectively has its own individual and fully adjustable bridge. String height and intonation can be adjusted with the help of an Allen key. The pickups are Bartolini’s wired to Aguilar’s OBP-3 onboard preamp.
Some bassists are immediately drawn to a six-string bass. The rest of us sometimes learn to appreciate them later on, for their different, but not too different personalities in comparison with your average four-string. The GVB1006 gets off to a good start with an acoustic voice that’s bright and resonant. It takes no time at all to adjust your technique, and navigating the fretboard feels completely natural almost immediately. With such an articulate low register we had our reservations about playing higher up the neck, but thankfully the C string offers the same spectrum of tones that you would expect, without sounding at all thin or edgy. The GVB1006 has the lot: great playability, wonderful looks and an inspiring set of tones. www.ibanez.com
Built in: Japan
Scale length: 864 mm (34-inches)
Body: Alder, figured maple top
Neck: Maple /Wenge, 305mm radius
Pickups: 1 x Bartolini P45C neck pickup, 1 x Bartolini P45C-T bridge pickup
Controls: 1 x master volume, 3-band active EQ, passive bypass, rotary tone control
Electronics: Aguilar OBP-3 preamp
Machine heads: Gotoh
Bridge: Mono-Rail IV