Fender Geddy or Lakland Skyline Joe Osborn

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by alembicbassist, Jul 26, 2003.

Fender Geddy or Lakland Skyline Joe Osborn

Poll closed Sep 24, 2003.
  1. Fender Geddy Lee (Japanese)

    36 vote(s)
  2. Lakland Skyline Joe Osborn

    29 vote(s)
  3. Other similiar cost

    3 vote(s)
  1. Just desire an opinion of most concerning which would be most often picked.

    Money is probably not the biggest issue.
    Best tone, feel, durability is.

    I like the neck on the Geddy, and would replace the pickups with Fender noiseless, or DiMarzio Ultra jazz. Eventually a j-retro.

    I do not know what I would do on the Lakland. I have not had the chance to play one. And for the cost may not have the money to upgrade rightaway.
  2. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I havent had a chance to play an Osborn, but I owned a Geddy, and imo the pickups were weak and the tuners were junk. I did like the slim neck and the Badass, but overall didnt care for the Bass in stock form.

    Imo with some simple upgrades the Geddy would be a killer Bass for not alot of money.
  3. Arcy


    Jul 4, 2003
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    aren't the geddy lee pickups the same pickups used in American j-basses? that's what it says on fender's website...
  4. True!
    on Geddys they are american vintage. Anyway, i already changed the tuners,they are so weak! that was incredible ,a theft!
    The pickups are great but they lack low-end especially on bridge's too much mids, nasal sound so I ordered a Villex set to set the mids as I want them.I don't know a lot about lakland but it seems to be a good bass too!
  5. jivetkr

    jivetkr Supporting Member

    May 15, 2002
    I have a geddy lee that the prior owner modified. & like a previous poster said, it is a killer bass with the simple upgrades.

    The prior owner put in bassline hot stack p/u's, bassline 2 band pre amp, & black vintage reberse tuners. He had his tech route a cavity under the pickguard for the curcuit board & battery.

    Let me tell you first hand that this bass is awesome.

    See the pic.
  6. The more I try the Geddy at the store near me the more I like it. I like the weight also.

    What is required of the Lakland to make it a "killer" bass? I will certainly have to try one, but if I don't get a chance the Geddy is waiting.
  7. rdhbass


    Jun 28, 2003
    Springfield, mo
    I have heard the Rush "Different Stages" live album and I know those tones he gets out of his jazz bass can't be stock. Whether it is his amplification or pickups he is tweaking his bass somehow. Also I doubt if the one he plays is made in Japan. If you got his bass and took it apart, those pickups are probably some custom concoction that some custom shop made him. The way he plays and all I think he sounds just as good on his J bass as he did the Wal bass. And his tone is similiar to his other basses. I guess its the player too but he does something that is always consistant to get that mid-rangey growl he always gets. I think if he played a cheap Harmony bass he would be set up with his settings and all to be "mid-rangey". LOL.
  8. Arcy


    Jul 4, 2003
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    hey just wondering, since everyone always talks about replacing the tuners on the geddy, can anyone recommend any, for beginners who don't know many hardware brands etc.

    also i see people mention replacing the pickups a lot... any recommendations for noiseless pickups for the geddy?

    thanks :D
  9. I used a set of Schaller BMFLC tuning machines. They set me back $100 Canadian. Absolutely worth the money. I also bought a SKB-44 case ($135CDN) which I really like.

  10. While Geddy's bass is stock, it's not MIJ - his main Jazz is still his original '72.
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I haven't played a JO bass but I have owned 2 Skylines. IMO, the craftsmanship on the SkyLines is not as good as the Geddy Lee bass.

    The Geddy Lee..... Well, this is the only Fender bass I own. It is truly awesome!!!!!
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    IIRC, Geddy recently went to the Custom Shop to have them reproduse his beloved '72 jazz because he didn't want it on the road any longer which led to the MIJ re-issue. So the bass he's using live recently is a Custom Shop.
  13. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    The GL is a surprisingly great little bass. And I found that the several others that I've played were pretty consistant. So I voted the GL.

    I was a little put off by the tuners, probably Gotoh, but have found that they never really seem to have a problem staying in tune. I actually like the pickups, too. Although I'm thinking about installing an EMG preamp that it "boost-only"

    The only thing about the bass that I find odd is that it's the only one that I've ever had an issue with feedback. With the the amp turned up a bit the bass will howl like a banshee. I've never had a bass that would do that except for my double bass. :confused:
  14. soularis


    Jul 3, 2003
    Illinois, USA
    Question about the inlays: are those real or just some kind paint behind the poliester finish? :eek: I read on harmony-central.com one guy asking the same question. They seemed so unreal to me! What's up with that? :meh: Other than that it's a cool bass, for the price that is.
  15. Chuck M

    Chuck M Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
    I've owned one GL and handled several others. IMO the fit and finish was good but nowhere near the Lakland Skylines. I would much prefer the Skyline JO. You won't have to change anything for it to be a great bass.

  16. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Looking @ my Geddy, it looks like an inlay of some kind of black material. I believe it is bacause on some of them, you cam see some filler material.
  17. Sounds like most people posting like the Geddy, but the Lakland have an edge on votes.

    I have read on other posts that the Skyline is heavy (about 11 lbs.)? If this is true then I probable would prefer the Geddy.

    I have also heard that people like the neck on the Skyline JO. Is it thin like the Geddy or what?
  18. rayzak


    Jan 13, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    The Skyline is a great bass. It sounds, feels, and plays phonominal. But, it is heavey(mine anyways). As far as a great old school jazz sound, this is where it's at. But, if you like your basses easy on the shoulder and back, it may not be for you.
  19. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I've tried both, and I own a Skyline JO5 with J-retro. Both basses are very good instruments. you need to try both and decide for yourself IMHO. You will very likely not need to change the Fralin pickups in the Skyline though. Everyone that I've talked to agree that the Fralin pickups sound very good, as passive. no need to replace them.
  20. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    Gil, is your JO as heavy as they are saying? Man, my Imperial 6 is a beast at 11 pounds but it's a 36" scale with a massive neck.