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Geddy Lee's best tone?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by nick g., Mar 26, 2013.


  1. RUSH

    7 vote(s)
    2.7%
  2. Fly By Night

    6 vote(s)
    2.3%
  3. Caress Of Steel

    3 vote(s)
    1.2%
  4. 2112

    13 vote(s)
    5.0%
  5. A Farewell To Kings

    15 vote(s)
    5.8%
  6. Hemispheres

    32 vote(s)
    12.4%
  7. Permanent Waves

    23 vote(s)
    8.9%
  8. Moving Pictures

    68 vote(s)
    26.3%
  9. Signals

    28 vote(s)
    10.8%
  10. Grace Under Pressure

    4 vote(s)
    1.5%
  11. Power Windows

    10 vote(s)
    3.9%
  12. Hold Your Fire

    8 vote(s)
    3.1%
  13. Presto

    3 vote(s)
    1.2%
  14. Roll the Bones

    5 vote(s)
    1.9%
  15. Counterparts

    6 vote(s)
    2.3%
  16. Test For Echo

    3 vote(s)
    1.2%
  17. Vapor Trails

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  18. Snakes and Arrows

    3 vote(s)
    1.2%
  19. Clockwork Angels

    22 vote(s)
    8.5%
  1. nick g.

    nick g. Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2003
    Chandler, Arizona
    Been on a Rush kick lately, and was marveling at all the awesome tones Geddy has had through the years.

    For the sake of brevity, I've not included any live albums or Feedback in this poll.

    Signals takes the cake for me, with Clockwork Angels a close second.
     
  2. I gotta go with Clockwork Angels, that Jazz is smokin especially on Seven Cities Of Gold and Caravan although I like The Garden as well but it's not as in the forefront of that song
     
  3. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Pennsylvania
    Love his Moving Pictures era tone(s), but my fav is the Wal on Power Windows/Hold Yer Phire.
     
  4. Duke21

    Duke21

    Nov 14, 2010
    Narvik, Norway
    Moving picture, 2112, clockwork angels.
     
  5. Hamlet7768

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

    Jun 5, 2011
    I'm going with 2112. If I could get a tone like that...man!
     
  6. In no particular order (because I can't decide):

    Clockwork Angels
    Signals
    Counterparts
     
  7. BigJohnAZ

    BigJohnAZ

    Jun 26, 2012
    Unfortunately, I can only vote for one, but I love the tone on the first album pre-Ricky and FBN, COS, AFTK and Hemispheres. Can you tell I play a 4001? lol I like his Fender J bass tone, but I fell in love with the early Rush and those sounds made me want to play bass.
     
  8. nick g.

    nick g. Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2003
    Chandler, Arizona
    ^ that's why I chose Signals; it's his best Rick tone IMO, and his Jazz sounds awesome. Digital Man. 'nuff said.
     
  9. coronado3

    coronado3 Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Indiana, USA
    Yep, signals has the fattest, crunchy tones. Love it.
     
  10. seang15

    seang15

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cary NC
    Perm Waves, MP, Signals. The Wal on Power Windows is pretty smoking hot.
     
  11. spz8

    spz8

    Jan 19, 2009
    Glen Cove, NY
    Signals. Specifically Countdown, it sounds huge!
     
    Gilbert Godoy likes this.
  12. +1,000,000
     
  13. NOT

    NOT

    Jul 15, 2011
    Not his best tone, but my favorite is from their debut album. Lots of punch!
     
  14. zfunkman

    zfunkman

    Dec 18, 2012
    The bass tone on Freewill is freakin' incredible!
     
  15. Gonna go with Moving Pictures.

    DAT Red Barchetta tone.
    DAT YYZ tone.
    DAT Vital Signs tone.


    Oh lawdy, all DAT tone! :oops:
     
  16. Up the dose

    Up the dose

    Mar 10, 2013
    Wal bass is his best tone. Love the early tone with the Ric too. The Steinberger tone worked well for the synth driven / new wave 80's Rush . His current Jazz bass sound is my least favorite Geddy tone. Very Lo -Fi. He is worthy of a better bass and a better company to endorse him. He should go back to playing the Ric and have a bass made in the US with his name on it.
     
  17. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    Moving Pictures and Power Windows for me. All the votes for Signals on here makes me think I better re-listen to that album just for the bass tone.
     
  18. Duke21

    Duke21

    Nov 14, 2010
    Narvik, Norway
    His Fender custom shop bass is not made in Madagascar! If you do not like his tone it has nothing to do with him using a Rickenbacker or a Fender. Much of his tone is due to his overdriven Sansamps, and now in addition his Orange AD200.

    Btw also the MIJ Geddy is totally worth it.
     
  19. coronado3

    coronado3 Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Indiana, USA
    Do that.... Analog kid? Awesome! The whole album is awesome... The Ben mink violin solos, the drums... The only thing sub par was Alex's guitar mix. I wish they would remix this album...
     
  20. coronado3

    coronado3 Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Indiana, USA
    They should remix signals and exit stage left and fix the guitars and redo vapor trails for everything! Such a great album, but so hard to listen to the whole thing.
     

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