Geddy Lee Jazz a fake?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jsonic77, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. jsonic77


    Dec 28, 2012
    I'm looking at picking up a used Geddy Lee Jazz Bass from a strange fella who has provided me with the serial #B010XXX

    Can't find it in any lookup sites and it seems fishy.


    Otherwise, any suggestions on the best place to buy a used Geddy or other Jazz for a fair price?

  2. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

  3. Warhawk


    Jan 31, 2003
    Canton, Ohio
    Sounds like a G&L bass serial number. Perhaps this strange person thinks the "G&L" on the headstock thinks it means "Geddy Lee". :eek:
  4. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    I think Warhawk's right, and it sounds like a fairly low serial number, from the early to mid-80's. Also, Musicman used the same serial number system in the '70's, though there's no reason someone would confuse a Stingray with GL Jazz......
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  6. JimB52

    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    The Fender Japan serial numbers started over alphabetically the year the Geddy basses were introduced, with a CIJ prefix instead of a MIJ prefix. A B-999999 bass would be a second year GL, from 1998-99.

    Here's a MIJ/CIJ dating site link -


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