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Geddy Lee Jazz upgrades?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hateater, Feb 10, 2003.


  1. hateater

    hateater snatch canadian cream

    May 4, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    I am probably going to end up purchasing a GL Jazz, and i have seen people write in here that with the right upgrades, they can be truly unstoppable ( well ok, not in those words).

    The question is, what can i do to the bass to make it sound and/or play any better?
     
  2. I bet you a hundred pesos that someone will say "J-Retro."
     
  3. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    J-Ret... nope, not going to do it. :D

    I'd say a pearloid pickguard. It's purely cosmetic, but damn does it look nice.
     
  4. steve_man

    steve_man

    May 15, 2002
    J-Ret... nope, not going to do it.:


    I think I know what you're talking about.

    I have not made one upgrade on my geddy and I love it just fine.

    I do sometimes use an out board preamp but that's it.

    As for mods how about going with a cream pickguard with replacing the hardware with black.

    The only other thing I'd suggest is to change the tuners. As this is not the case with all Geddy's I have had one incident where the tuners on my bass busted within a year. No huge concern for this though. In other words don't change em if you don't need to. NEED being the key word here!;)

    Other than that just get a good setup and leave her.
     
  5. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I'd go with a J Ret...ahem......new strings. Those always help!
     
  6. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    you could always go with an outboard preamp! :D

    here is all the junk I did to mine...

    [​IMG]

    dimarzio model j's
    hipshot tuners w/extender
    pickguard
    pickup cover



    P@
     
  7. pc

    pc

    Apr 4, 2000
    Montreal QC
  8. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
  9. I say get a nice offboard preamp, and maybe some new pickups.
     
  10. seamus

    seamus

    Feb 8, 2001
    Jersey
    I dropped a J-Retro into mine, and installed a white pearloid p/g soon after.
     
  11. steve_man

    steve_man

    May 15, 2002
    New pups????:confused:
    common people the guy hasn't even bought the bass. The pups on it aren't that bad!

    I like the pups on mine. Awaiting a new amp to hear the real difference. But when trying out new amps I haven't found any bad tone at all!

    what was the last year that they made the vintage pickups in America for the geddy lee (I heard that they were now being made in Japan)?

    I do agree about changing the strings.
    If you're wondering about strings I loved the way DR high beams sounded. I think rotosound would sound pretty good on it too.
     
  12. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I agree on p'ups comment. I just got my MIJ '75 reissue last week, and after playing it in rehearsals, and had to think long and hard before I decided to put in the J Retro. She sounded amazing as is, especially slapped!
     
  13. I was getting a little scared there....thanks Seamus! :D
     
  14. seamus

    seamus

    Feb 8, 2001
    Jersey
    My pleasure! ;)
     
  15. OnederTone

    OnederTone Aguilar Everywhere Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    Thornton, CO
    I would say the John East preamp would be a better choice than the J-Retro.





    :D :D :D :D :D


    oh someone had to do it.
     
  16. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I'll bet a hundred pesos that at least 20 people didn't get that! :p
     
  17. OnederTone

    OnederTone Aguilar Everywhere Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    Thornton, CO
    I'll bet a hundread pesos that at least 20 people didn't get that!

    I'm nothing but a good natured troll.

    :D
     
  18. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    1st, I would put a Sadowsky pre-amp in it (on board, out board, no difference to me), the I'd get some Sadowsky pickups, then, I'd sand the back of the neck & have a satin finish applied.....



    Actually, I'd leave it as it is. :)
     
  19. rygelxvi

    rygelxvi

    Jan 6, 2003
    definatly a sadowsky pre.