Block Inlays on Geddy Lee Jazz: real or fake?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by soularis, Jul 27, 2003.

  1. soularis


    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    Hey guys, excuse my curiosity but is that what it is? How different are these inlays from the 75 Jazz reissue? The one I played on had them under the finish and they didn't seem like block inlays to me. Why would Fender make such a chepo-fake reproduction? Or are they just like they are supposed to be? It would be interesting if some of the reissue or original owners would comment, thanks.
  2. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Good question, I've wondered about that myself.
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I'm not sure what you mean. Mine look like black plastic, and I'm pretty sure that is what the basses in the early 70's had, was black plastic.
  4. dumnut


    Oct 6, 2002
    Victoria, BC
    To me, the inlays on the Geddy Lee looked almost painted on. There were points along the edges where you could see wood within the perimiter of the inlay.
  5. In the 70s, they were definitely real. However, the ones on my Geddy look fake to me. Given the price, I don't mind.

  6. jivetkr


    May 15, 2002
    I'm no expert, but 'm 99% sure the blocks are painted on. You can tell if you look close at the edges of the blocks.
  7. soularis


    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    Thanks guys!
  8. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    OK, who is going to volunteer to sand their GL's board down to confirm this?

    I looked fairly close to mine and it sure looks like it's got black plastic blocks. The corners look like they've been cut. If I wasn't at work I'd take a magnifying glass to it.

    It doesn't really matter to me anyway. My thing is the tone and playability. And I just love the black binding....which BTW is not painted on. :D
  9. Arcy


    Jul 4, 2003
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    definitely real

  10. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    I thought I remembered reading somewhere that the blocks on the Geddy were painted on. Don't recall for sure though. I guess Im no help!
  11. Arcy


    Jul 4, 2003
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    I've read it both ways. I'm looking at the one that i just got today though and they appear not to be paint... ehehehe

  12. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i've seen two and they were both definitely real, it was obvious.
  13. soularis


    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    you know after playing today for couple of hours at GC I actually stoped freaking out about it :rolleyes: they look all right, not as real but not as fake either... anyway, I'm ordering one. thanks for all the input. take care guys.
  14. bpresource


    Jul 11, 2003
    they're painted on the geddy sig bass.
  15. soularis


    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    yeah more than likely that they are painted. but the tone kicks some serious ass, slapping or fingerstyle wise. i was playing it through the GK1001 combo, man, it was bad! so if it wasn't for the guy who accidentally scratched the crap out of the fretboard with a screwdriver (!!) when trying to move the price-tage while adjusting the action................... i would have had one already, instead i'm ordering it from another place. talk about a bad day! :p it's a beautiful instrument, just right on the price and the quality is great
  16. Arcy


    Jul 4, 2003
    Tuscaloosa, AL

    bummer man! better to get a brand new one anyway though. im tellin you, they aren't painted though.
  17. soularis


    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    well let's see, i'll send them email to end this misunderstanding :D
  18. soularis


    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    as a side note, in the model specifications it says

    it doesn't say block inlays.... so there I go, answered my own question. thanks guys, next time i'll be more careful when reading :rolleyes:
  19. jgsbass


    May 28, 2003
    Floral Park, NY
    The Geddy Lee blocks are painted on. No big deal, more wood underteath your fingers
  20. bpresource


    Jul 11, 2003
    it's a fine neck as most of the MIJ stuff is. you also won't have the cracked first block you see on many of the original block necks.
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