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Adam clayton vs Geddy Lee signature bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by diverse379, Jan 11, 2019.


  1. diverse379

    diverse379

    Mar 4, 2015
    i just copped a new Geddy Lee
    I really didn’t want to buy it because I just bought an Adam Clayton yesterday.

    It happened by accident I was looking for a decent P bass to round out my options during recording.

    And while trying out a UsA precison
    I reached for the Geddy Lee
    Mim with USA pick ups

    It floored me that it did the precision thing better than the precision.
    WTH?
    So I went home and got my Adam clayton and brought it back to the store

    I played four bass lines and two appeggios over and over on all three basses

    I actually got upset because the Gedddy sounded so good.
    It did the James brown Motown thing better than my Adam clayton

    It wasn’t until later That a manager walked over and put the Adam through some other paces
    It seemed to shine while playing pretty sweet lines.

    It didn’t sound bad doing anything
    But the Geddy just nailed that tight
    Funk bottom thing.

    So I bought it
    It is a very energetic bass.
    Makes me want to play aggressively.

    They are completely different sonic instruments
     
  2. Bassmingo

    Bassmingo

    Nov 6, 2008
    Ireland
    The way you wrote this makes it sound like a stream of consciousness poem.
     
  3. Ghastly

    Ghastly

    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Interesting. I have the AC jazz and AC p and both are amazing basses. But I have been eyeing the GL for a while now. Did you keep both?
     
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  4. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    My favorite passive jazz bass is the MIJ Geddy Lee.
    I haven't tried a MIM or USA.
     
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  5. Goatrope

    Goatrope

    Nov 18, 2011
    Sarasota Florida
    I’ve recently acquired the AC Jazz and already had a US Geddy. I’ve set up the Geddy to be more “Geddy”, and the AC to be more motownish.

    Both very versatile basses. With the right strings and set up, either could pull off opposite ends of the bass spectrum.
     
  6. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Whichever one is purple glitter....thta# the one I want
     
  7. Nunovsky

    Nunovsky

    Sep 4, 2004
    Portugal
    Never tried an Adam Clayton but the Geddy Lee is one of the best sounding Jazz Basses that I've heard and played. No suprise that you got blown away with it.
     
  8. Cazman

    Cazman Supporting Member

    May 9, 2003
    Have AC P, GL MIA, and GL MIJ. Keeping them all!
     
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  9. diverse379

    diverse379

    Mar 4, 2015
    It’s just how I break up my thoughts
    It’s not meant to be poetic or anything extra.
    I hear that a lot
    I’ve been writing posts like this since twenty years ago
    I have the green one lol
     
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  10. diverse379

    diverse379

    Mar 4, 2015
    So by Motown set up do you mean
    Higher strings? Flat wound?
     
  11. diverse379

    diverse379

    Mar 4, 2015
    Yes I kept both
    A/b them accross different recordings that I am doing
     
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  12. BrianNYC

    BrianNYC

    Mar 7, 2018
    I tried out a MIM Geddy in sam ash recently and instantly regretted it! Ive never felt an episode of GAS come on so strong or so fast! Thankfully I didn't have the money because that would have been an impulse buy impossible to resist. After explaining that to the sales person he said it was a good thing I didn't try the American one!! Haha
     
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  13. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    I had the USA Geddy, it was a great bass, just not my thing.
    Rock on.
     
  14. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    The USA Geddy I owned was probably the best jazz bass I’ve ever played. I’d still have it if it was a 5 string.
     
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  15. Goatrope

    Goatrope

    Nov 18, 2011
    Sarasota Florida
    Ya. LaBella flats, action set a bit higher.
     
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  16. basso_profundo

    basso_profundo

    Mar 12, 2012
    Denver, CO
    Surprised to hear that a Geddy Lee Jazz sounds like a P Bass. Mine definitely does not, it sounds like an awesome early 70s Jazz...
     
  17. sharpiemarker

    sharpiemarker

    Feb 15, 2013
    Montreal
    I know what you mean. I was given a really good deal on a used geddy after most of my equipment was stolen. I hated it for the first couple of months, neck was to thin, seventies PU spacing, I don't like rush and it was really heavy. but over the years it some how stayed my main player and recording bass. I just haven't found anything that sounds better. Mine sounds more Pbass then my p bass as weird as that can be
     
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  18. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016

    "It’s just how I break up my thoughts

    It’s not meant to be poetic or anything extra.

    I hear that a lot

    I’ve been writing posts like this since twenty years ago

    I have the green one"


    The last part is what touched me the most...
     
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  19. Rabidhamster

    Rabidhamster

    Jan 15, 2014
    Geddy all day.
     
  20. David Vector

    David Vector Supporting Member

    Jun 4, 2006
    Michigan
    If this was a haiku...

    Geddy and Clayton
    Two basses vie for my love
    The Geddy prevails
     

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