CIJ Geddy Lee Tuners

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

  1. jbrannon7


    Oct 26, 2011
    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.
  2. darkblack99

    darkblack99 Supporting Member

    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

    Jun 18, 2011
    Bay Area
    Hipshot makes direct replacement tuning machines for the Geddy (the HB2). No modification required.
  4. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    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.