The GWB20TH is packed with Gary's signature specs: a fretless ebony fingerboard with fret-line markers, a detachable finger ramp (the "Willis ramp"), and specially shaped tuning keys. In addition to those expected GWB features, this anniversary model is unique unto itself. The basswood body and beautifully grained ash top provide a well-balanced tone with sparkling highs, while a single Aguilar DCB pickup in the bridge position and OBP-2 EQ pump out fat, growling fusion bass tone by the boatload.
Key to his incredible right-hand technique, Gary's secret weapon - the Willis ramp - serves as a versatile thumb rest while plucking the low B string. But more importantly, it prevents your fingers from digging in too deep, resulting in a lighter touch with more consistent attack and quicker recovery time. You'll be amazed how the Willis ramp improves your tone and facilitates lightning-fast note articulation.
There are many great reasons world-class bass players such as Gary Willis swear by Aguilar's DCB bass pickup - which make it an obvious choice for his GWB20TH signature model. The DCB, installed in the bridge position, has dual ceramic bar magnets that give the pickup extended range plus a fine balance of dynamic responsive attack, singing sustain, and complex harmonics. The uniform magnetic field of a bar magnet gives each note accurate dynamic response and increased harmonic content, with no tonal information lost as the string vibrates. The Aguilar OBP-2 EQ 2-band equalizer supplies ±18dB of bass boost/cut and ±16dB of treble boost/cut - frequencies carefully selected to make the GWB20TH sound awesome in any mix.
Gary Willis is a living bass legend, but it was the legendary Jaco Pastorius who first put the fretless electric bass on the map. Believe it or not, there was a time when you couldn't simply buy a fretless. Any that existed were modified fretted models. Much of the mythos surrounding Jaco's infamous "Bass of Doom" centers around what, exactly, he did to the fingerboard during the de-fretting process. Common wisdom is that he ripped the frets out and patched the holes that remained with wood filler; sanded, and then slathered the fingerboard with several coats of marine epoxy to withstand the use of roundwound strings. The takeaway is that the wood filler remained visible. Now, with fretless players at this level, intonation is typically flawless regardless of fret lines, but most of us could use some visual aids when we pick up a fretless. The Limited Edition Gary Willis Signature GWB20TH sports tidy white inlaid fret line markers as well as offset front and side dot position markers.
Ibanez began its life in 1908 as the Hoshino Gakki company in Nagoya, Japan. However, the company didn't get into the guitar business until 1929, when they started importing Salvador Ibanez guitars from Spain. In 1935, Hoshino Gakki began building Spanish acoustic guitars under the "Ibanez Salvador" name, which was later shortened to "Ibanez." Although Ibanez began manufacturing electric guitars in 1957, the company was relatively unknown in the West until the 1960s, when they started producing guitars based on American designs. By the late 1970s, Ibanez had stopped producing derivative instruments and had begun manufacturing the innovative original guitar and bass designs that the company is now known for. Ibanez is also famous for their effect pedals (most notably the Tube Screamer) and guitar amplifiers.
- Basswood body, ash top; satin finish
- Detachable finger ramp ("Willis ramp")
- 3-piece maple neck, GWB profile, satin finish
- Ebony fingerboard, 305mm radius, 24 fret lines, offset dot
- 34" scale length; 45mm nut
- Ibanez Standard Bass bridge, 16.5mm string spacing
- Aguilar DCB humbucking pickup
- Master Volume control
- Bass and Treble controls
- Gotoh tuning machines
- Dual-action truss rod, headstock access
- Body Shape: Gary Willis Signature 5-string Bass
- Left-/Right-handed: Right-handed
- Number of Strings: 5
- Color: Tequila Sunrise
- Body Material: Ash (top), Basswood (body)
- Body Finish: Satin Polyurethane
- Neck Material: 3-piece Maple
- Neck Shape: GWB
- Radius: 12"
- Fingerboard Material: Fretless Ebony
- Fingerboard Inlay: Off-set White Dot
- Number of Frets: 24
- Scale Length: 34"
- Nut Width: 1.771"
- Nut Material: Plastic
- Bridge/Tailpiece: Std.
- Tuners: Gotoh Machine Heads
- Bridge Pickup: Aguilar DCB Humbucker
- Controls: 1 x Volume, 1 x Bass, 1 x Treble
- Strings: .045, .065, .085, .105, .135