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

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
  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......
  5. 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 -