Geddy Or Other: You Decide!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fetfet, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Geddy Lee Jazz

    91 vote(s)
  2. Fender Deluxe Active Jazz

    47 vote(s)
  3. Fender Duff Jazz

    4 vote(s)
  4. Highway One Jazz

    26 vote(s)
  5. Other(specify in post)

    19 vote(s)
  1. fetfet


    Apr 13, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    I've been eye-ing a Geddy Lee Jazz for quite a while now, but really only for the maple board and the BAII bridge. I play pretty hard, and like the sound Geddy has on most of his more famous works, but i'm still not sure it's right for me. the neck size isn't really a selling point for this bass, as i have had no trouble flying up the neck of a P-bass V neck. I have tried a few basses that really caught my attention, but am always open to suggestions.

    Edit: Never played a Geddy Lee, never in any stores I know of. Just think it looks cool. also i've heard that it's very hard to adjust the action.

    Edit: I also live in Ontario, where my bass requires a setup every month.
  2. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    The maple board and the BadAss II are hard to argue with if that's what you like. And truth be told, it's not so "customized" that you can't use one as an every day bass. Imagine that you found a black, maple w/ black blocks early 70's Jazz in your basement, untouched, and you decided to put a different bridge on it. That's pretty much your Geddy bass right there. Get one! They're fantastic! :)
  3. Hansel


    Jan 20, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    I say save up a tad more and get a "Making History" Jazz. It's Damn worth it. Go for Candy cola maple, so sexiful lol
  4. A Geddy neck & a typical P neck are two entirely different beasts.

    Edit: Never mind- I misinterpreted the OP as comparing these two. Let me rephrase: If a P neck is no trouble, perhaps a Geddy will be even easier/quicker for you. :)
  5. used MIA fender, 2008 if american standard, or an american deluxe of just about any recent year.
  6. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    If you can find one, give a Lakland Darryl Jones a try. You can get the blocks (white) and maple neck, plus an updated Jazz bass body style.

    The Lakland pickups on newer ones are a bit warmer than the old Aeros.

    Definitely my favorite "jazz bass".

  7. well.... he kinda used a huge variety of basses. P bass, Rickenbacker, Jazz, Steinberger..

  8. Wal...
  9. im not really a fan of the geddy, especially in comparison to other jazz basses, but I will say it is a pretty good deal. I would lean towards a marcus miller bass though in the signature model department.
  10. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    The American Deluxe series of recent years is one small step away from a Custom Shop Fender, I think. The '08 Am Standards are top notch, too, but I'd go with an Am Deluxe. Great basses in every sense.
  11. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    Passive or Active?
    If you want Passive, you might as well take the Deluxe off the list.
  12. fetfet


    Apr 13, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    I don't really mind active or passive.
  13. Geddy... own it... love it... totally versatile... great sound, great action, great price!
  14. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    Well I prefer passive now, but whatev. :D
  15. I vote Ric

  16. +1 I got an American Deluxe jazz bass last week and it is just so much better than other modern fenders I've played.
  17. Would'e?


    Mar 27, 2007
    The Geddy is very dead sounding to my ears. Plus it's got a really glossy finish on the back of the neck that feels very sticky to sweaty hands.

    The only one of those basses I would even consider is the deluxe Jazz, which is pretty great sounding. Still, i would go for a MM bass, Carvin or used USA Peavey Millennium (coupla nice ones for sale on the forum here) before the deluxe Jazz; they all have a bit beefier tone than the Fender.
  18. gmstudio99


    Mar 11, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    What's a Fender Duff Jazz?

    Edit: Nevermind! I just saw the Duff model on

    My vote would be for the new MIA J.
  19. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    You need to consider if you want 60's or 70's pickup spacing, which makes a huge difference in sound. The Geddy is the only one on your list that has the 70's spacing.
  20. dezspet


    Mar 21, 2007
    New American Standard? The best Fender Jazz in the last x (many) years! :bassist: