Ibanez Announces the Gary Willis 20th Anniversary Signature Bass

Ibanez Gary Willis 20th Anniversary Signature Bass

It’s been 20 years since Ibanez introduced a signature model from bass guru Gary Willis, and they’re celebrating with an anniversary edition. The GWB20TH has the same feature Willis is known for – a fretless fingerboard, a finger ramp, and specially shaped machine heads – with several unique features like a basswood body and an ash top in a Tequila Sunrise flat finish.

“The finger ramp, designed by Gary Willis, encourages players to not ‘dig in too deep’ and allows a more consistent attack with quicker recovery time,” Ibanez explains. “The Ebony fretless fingerboard produces a tight low and mid-range with a dramatic high-end attack, quick response, and rich sustain.”

Ibanez also fits the bass with an Aguilar DCB pickup in the bridge position matched to an Aguilar OBP-2 EQ. The pickup’s dual ceramic bar magnets provide a uniform magnetic field for accuracy while the onboard EQ lets you dial in the tone you need.

Check out Willis talking about the history of his signature bass:

The Ibanez Gary Willis 20th Anniversary Signature Bass is being debuted at the 2019 Winter NAMM Show. It will have a street price of $1,199.

Ibanez Gary Willis 20th Anniversary Signature Bass Specs:

Neck:3-piece Maple
Fingerboard:Lined Fretless Ebony
Inlays:Off-set White Dot
Pickup:Aguilar DCB
Electronics:Aguilar OBP-2 2-band EQ
Bridge:Std. bridge (16.5mm string spacing)
Finish:Tequila Sunrise Flat

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