Geddy Lee playing a Jaco Jazz?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Mike Sorr, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr Play I some music... Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Brick, NJ
    Okay, I've searched YouTube endlessly and maybe I'm missing it, but someone told me that Geddy played a Jaco Jazz bass on a recent tour. What tour, what songs? I'd be interested to see him play a Jazz with a rosewood board. Any idea why he's been favoring maple boards on his Jazz basses?
  2. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Snakes and Arrows tour, on the song Malignant Narcissism.

    I think he favors maple boards because maple with black blocks is beautiful.
  3. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr Play I some music... Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Brick, NJ
    Thank you, and you're right, maple is beautiful. I wonder why Steve Harris only uses maple. Probably same reason.
  4. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr Play I some music... Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Brick, NJ
    Interesting. I checked out the video and it doesn't sound fretless, but it sure looks like it is.
  5. esa372

    esa372 Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
  6. PortlandBass77

    PortlandBass77 Supporting Member

    Jul 11, 2013
    Portland, OR
    Snakes and Arrows, for Malignant Narcissism.
  7. cronker


    Feb 13, 2007
    Adelaide. SA
    OT, but:

    I know Geddy has played the teardrop P, his beloved J (and many variations of), the 4003 (?) Ric, the Steinberger, the Wal (and 5'er).

    Would it be unusual to expect that he has at least road tested Stingrays, Sadowsky, Lull, Lakeland, Drozd etc? Never heard him say.
  8. Qlanq


    Jul 9, 2007
    He's playing it here somewhere. Might be in part 4. Sorry can't be specific.
  9. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    I always wondered if he had ever tried a Stingray.
  10. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    yes part 4 0:29
  11. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Funny that's them just dicking around.
  12. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    Oct 31, 2006
    When I saw Ged on the Snakes and Arrows tour he did indeed use a Fender Custom Shop Jaco Jazz on the one aformentioned song. He sounded great on fretless! I think he played it on the studio version of 'mal nar' too.
  13. Parzival


    Jun 16, 2013
    He recorded the song Malignant Narcissism with a fretless
    Jaco. For the tour he played the song with a fretted Jaco.
  14. bound'n'blocked


    Jan 25, 2010
    I reference to the rosewood board question...when I saw them on the Counterparts tour back in 94, Geddy played that beautiful red flamed jazz bass he uses on the 2112 bit, and at the time it had a rosewood board on it. There are some videos out on youtube that show it.

  15. brconflict


    Feb 10, 2014
    Nashville, TN
    I would imagine people have tossed him many basses over the years to try, including the Wal's. I do wonder about the Stingrays, but I imagine he was really into the Rickenbackers, then the Steinberger to free up some physical space for keyboards. Then, soon after that, he was introduced to a Wal and probably didn't see the Stingray as a better bass.

    Plugged into my bass rig, comparing the Stingray HH model and a Wal MkI, I prefer the Wal to the Stingray.

    As for the Jaco bass in other quotes including the OP, he answers this in the behind the scenes footage of the Snakes and Arrows documentary and then the Youtube video of his touring basses. Someone brought him a Jaco that he fooled around with while doing vocals for Snakes and Arrows. Nick recorded the fooling around and the new instrumental was made out of that. Neil also used a 4-piece kit for that recording as well. Touring is more difficult for fretless work, so yeah, he used the fretted model live, I believe.
  16. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    He recently bought a 4005 will be interesting to see if/ how he uses it.....
  17. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

    If I remember right, Fender just sent him a Jaco fretless at one point - him being one of their highest-profile endorsers and all - and he was noodling around with it in the studio. They rolled tape unbeknownst to him and the noodling he was doing wound up becoming the basis of Malignant Narcissism. I don't recall him bringing it out on the last tour but he may have on earlier tours.
  18. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

    They are so rare he probably would never get to see one in the wild... Of course Geddy has played a StingRay. They obviously didn't resonate with him.
  19. PazzoBasso


    Jan 21, 2011
    I think his bass tech mentioned something about a StingRay & it didn't quite work out... being a Fender artist now, I don't think it would happen...