Last night I told my wife I was going to buy a new bass. Well, new to me.
"Must be something special," she said.
"Not really," I replied. "In fact, it's the fact that it's not special that's the reason I'm going to buy it. You see, I'm worried about taking a Ric on the plane. I doubt they'll let me take it as carry-on, and bad things can happen in checked baggage. Thngs get broken, things disappear, and I'd hate to have one of my Rics lost or broken."
So I bought an Ibanez GSR-200 for a little over $100, and I'll have it shipped to Louisiana, where the tour starts. I'll rehearse with it in May and June, gig with it in June. By July, I'll be back in Oregon, and I can switch it out for a Ric then, if I feel the need. And if anything happens to it, no big deal.
Why the GSR-200? Mainly price, and the fact that the neck seems rather Ric-like, judging from the specs. 41mm wide at the nut, which is wider than a typical Jazz bass (38mm), and not as wide as modern Rics (43mm), so ought to be about the same as my vintage Rics, which are about 41mm, maybe a little over. Additionally, the neck seems to be fairly thin, as opposed to my experience with Fender necks.
As for tone, on tour I'm going to be playing a lot of reggae, meaning lots of low end and not a lot of highs, so I don't anticipate tone being much of an issue.
So, does anyone know anything about these basses? Have I made a terible, terrible mistake?