Geddy Lee tone

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rien, Oct 11, 2001.

  1. Rien

    Rien Guest

    Oct 6, 2001
    I'm wondering how I could get his tone, or at least something close. My band is covering a Rush song, and my tone isn't right. I use a Fender Jazz Bass.
  2. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Well, of course simply having a Fender Jazz bass won't cut it, but it's certainly a good start. Geddy uses a series of new and old technology, some of it impossible to find and others too expensive for a common bass player:eek:

    One thing I'd definitely recommend is a Sans Amp Bass Driver DI. He uses it a bit to coax some grit out of his tone.

    Good luck:D
  3. Rock City

    Rock City

    Apr 8, 2001
    Get an old V-4B and crank the CRAP out of it! That's what Geddy did in the early years.
  4. natebass


    Sep 6, 2001
    Bremerton, WA
    what era of tone are you referring to??? as in what albums??
  5. Rock City

    Rock City

    Apr 8, 2001
    At least through HEMISPHERES.
  6. Yep, that's what I do sometimes. Man, those things are loud for 100Watts!


  7. Rock City

    Rock City

    Apr 8, 2001
    COOL SETUP! I use mine with the V4B 2x15 folded horn or an old 8x10 SVT cab and it KILLS!
  8. BWB


    Aug 30, 2000
    Knoxville TN
    You need what the man was playing - a
    Rickenbacker bass. Then you'll have it!
    There is nothing like that Ric growl.

  9. seamus


    Feb 8, 2001
    I always felt his best growl was laid down with his Jazz; e.g, Moving Pictures.

    As far as getting his tone, the right bass and a gritty tube amp would probably be pre-requisites in most cases. Either that or maybe some costly tube pres and speaker emulators.
  10. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    when i had a BOD i was able to get a sound really close to geddy's.
  11. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    It's ALL about EQ! Geddy's tone has, basically, lots of everything. You just need to fiddle with your EQ a lot. But the key is to add mids and treble without making your tone shrill, thin, or lacking low end. Nothing you can do but fiddle with it!
  12. Tapp


    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    You've got to get a little grind in there and tubes are the best bet. If not, you may can get it with a Fulltone Bassdrive in front of your amp. You've got to try it though with SS stuff and see if it will work. I use mine with tube gear and it's great!

    Geddy did use his '71 Jazz (badass2 bridge) for Moving Pictures (according to the Rush fans website); earlier albums were done with a Ric. Some of my favorite Geddy tone are the first 3 songs on Counterparts. "Animate" was done with a cranked SVT.