CIJ Geddy Lee Tuners

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jbrannon7, Jan 11, 2014.


  1. jbrannon7

    jbrannon7

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    I recently purchased a used Crafted in Japan Geddy Lee bass. Serial is R049080 which says it is a 2004-2005 bass. I am not liking the tuners, they seem to bind when trying to tune, although this seems to be a problem with most factory tuners. The string is flat so you tweak the tuner a little and nothing happens so you tweak it some more and it goes sharp so you end up going sharp and flat until you get it just right. Maybe I will just put a little grease in the peg bushing area next time I change strings.

    I spent some time on the internet research this bass and tuners and it seems this bass has Gotoh FB3 tuners on it. I believe they are original because the bass is pristine.

    I guess I am posting this so others can see if they have the same tuners on their GL basses and if they are happy with them. I really don't want to modify my headstock for new tuners if they are not much better.

    Here are some photos. The last image is from Gotoh website showing their FB3. I tried inserting the images into the post but it did not work, so I had to use links.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/92777207@N05/11890519906/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/92777207@N05/11889969563/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/92777207@N05/11889969503/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/92777207@N05/11890107144/
  2. darkblack99

    darkblack99 Supporting Member

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    Calgary, AB
    I had a problem with the tuners on my '04 CIJ Geddy as well.

    I was going to replace the E tuner with a Hipshot D-tuner anyway, so I bit on a full set (HB2s, IIRC) after researching the appropriate replacement models...dropped right in to the existing holes, and no problems since.
  3. Andy D

    Andy D

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    Hipshot makes direct replacement tuning machines for the Geddy (the HB2). No modification required.
  4. Grissle

    Grissle Supporting Member

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    Your probably right about the tuners, but what your describing is often more about the strings binding in the nut. Just a heads up if you haven't checked.
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