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Geddy Lee Jazz Opinions please ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gman, Mar 18, 2002.


  1. Gman

    Gman

    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    I was looking around today, and the look of the GL Jazz bass caught my eye. I really didn't expect it to be anything special, but I was really knocked out by it.

    Any owners ? Any good or bad opinions ?

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
  2. I rented it for a month but didn't buy it at the end. Not because it was a bad bass but because the store that was selling it had jackarse salespeople.

    For the price of the bass, it's the best deal that Fender offers. Alder body, cool neck, awesome pickups...

    I think the only weaknesses is that BadAss II bridge and the truss rod. There have been many complaints about the lack of bass and I think it's because of the heavy bridge. Indeed, in a live situation, the bass loses it's distinct tone and disappears. (I have a jazz with a string-through-body bridge...much better).

    You also have to remove the neck to access the truss rod. The jackarse salesperson actually chipped the finish as I was filling out the rental form, grrrr... It doesn't have a graphite-reinforced neck so if you need to adjust the truss rod often, watch out.

    ...

    I say, go for it though. It's a limited edition too. So even if you don't like it, maybe it's value will go up over time.
     
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I own a Geddy Lee Jazz, and I like it a lot. If it had 5 strings, it would compete with my Pedulla for playing time. I play it with the oldies band on about 1/4 of the material, and I have never had a problem being heard. It cuts through like any other alder bodied Jazz that I have played. The BadAss II does change the characteristic tone a little, but for the better IMHO. It has better sustain, and for a bass with such a tiny neck, it is pretty even sounding, no glaring deadspots, unlike a lot of Fender style all wood necks that I have played.
     
  4. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    The one I tried had a surprisingly good slap tone!
     
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    IMO, one of the best Jazz basses for the money that Fender has in production. I also felt that the bass didn't have as much bass as other Jazzes I tried, but when I played mine live (I sold it a while back) I never had a problem because I adjusted the EQ on my amp accordinly.
     
  6. Gman

    Gman

    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    Why did you sell yours Nino ? Would you buy another one ? Why or why not ?

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
  7. seamus

    seamus

    Feb 8, 2001
    Jersey
    I agree, for the money, one of the best Jazzes out there. It's an awesome player too. Good sound, good looks, etc.
     
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Actually, no just because I have alot of jazz style basses right now, (3 Sadowskys, 2 Warmoths, 2 cheapo Essex & a USA 75's Ri-Issue)

    One of the Warmoths I originally built to be a Geddy Lee bass but I bought a different body off of eBay that had a bridge, control plate & pickguard & I ended up selling the black body w/BadAss II, p/g & control plate. I ended up w/this:

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=471303">
    <img src=http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=471305" width=304>
     
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
  10. John Bufo

    John Bufo

    Jan 14, 2002
    Salem, NH
    I have a Geddy Lee Jazz and I use it as my main bass. I bought it mainly because of the neck, it is the most comfortable neck I have ever played. I agree that this bass is an excellent value. Badass bridge, American pickups, alder body, made in Japan, all for $600. I really haven't noticed any absence of low end. My only small complaint about it is the neck dive. For some reason, to me it seems to be a bit more neck heavy then most jazz basses. You may find it to be perfectly comfortable though.
     
  11. seamus

    seamus

    Feb 8, 2001
    Jersey
    I've never noticed any neck dive with mine personally, but if there's one area I would say the GLJ is deficient, I would say it's the tuners. They definitely skimped on the tuners IMO, they just aren't rock solid with holding the pitch.

    I wonder of some quality ultra light tuners would help solve your problem. That way, it might be like killing two birds with one stone. I have seriously considered upgrading the tuners on my GLJ, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
     
  12. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I love my geddy lee! I couldn't be happier, and I have a MIA Jazz to compare it to... fortunately for me, I love that one too! anyway.... My big problem with it is the tuners. they are a bit shoddy, but that is an easy enough fix. I like the badass bridges, and I changed my pickups to dimarzio model j's... i don't think I would ever get rid of it...

    P@

    ps... notice the cool pearloid pickguard? :D

    [​IMG]
     
  13. MJB

    MJB

    Mar 17, 2000
    pmkelly, what tuners did you use and did you have to do anything to make them fit, like different screw holes, bushings etc. ?
     
  14. I WANT ONE REALLY BAD!!!!!

    OK,not an opinion but..... :D :p










    pmkelly The pearloid picguard really classes her up bro. :) Just had one put on my P bass.Love it!
     
  15. Gman

    Gman

    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    Thanks for your help everybody. I want one, just still not sure if I want to give up the L-2000 for it. The Stingray stays here.:D

    Dave
     
  16. seamus

    seamus

    Feb 8, 2001
    Jersey
    Same here. I added a J-Retro and white pearl p/g to mine a year ago and it looks soooooo sharp.

    I had posted a pic of it a few times in TB, but my isp changed and I need to reup that file again. :(
     
  17. i've been jonesin' for one too.
    I played one in Mars the other day and really liked the neck and bridge. I play a Stingray4 and my MIM jazz seems a little too deep (I know what your thinking...).
    I wouldn't mind replacing my mexi with a Geddy jazz.
     
  18. I've played this bass a number of times and I really like it!! As some others have mentioned before, it's probably the best deal that Fender has going. It's made in Japan, and apparantly their quality control is very good, which means a consistant product. Too bad they didn't make more models there.

    IMO, it's a great bass, and I'm not even a Fender fan... yet. :)
     
  19. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    sorry if I was confusing, I haven't swapped them out yet. I am assuming that the size should be that of the normal Schaller's, and I would also think that a set of Schallers would drop right in without much effort.... hmmm, or maybe a hipshot on the "e" string as well.... hmmmmm...... :D


    P@
     
  20. Devnor

    Devnor

    Nov 13, 2001
    Dallas TX
    I played a Geddy at Mars Dallas a few days ago. It was missing all 3 control knobs and the neck was horribly bowed. They wanted 600 for that thing; I laughed.

    I loved the neck profile: very thin and quite fast. A properly setup model would be a great bass IMO. I dont like signature instruments much but I liked the fact they placed his signature on the REAR of the headstock.

    800 for the bass, another 300 or so for a j-retro and pickups. Then you'll need tuners. Now you are getting into Lakland territory. Is the Geddy on par with a used Lakland? I'm not sure but I like the geddy neck better.