Geddy relic

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fletz, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Fletz


    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    Hey guys and gals -

    I've had a Geddy Lee jazz for about 6 or 7 years. It has taken its fair share of abuse. As it started to take some chips and bruises, I started noticing that Geddy's Jazz is beat up as well. So instead of trying to fix it, I went all in. I found some pix of Geddy playing on the Time Machine tour and attacked my bass and tried to make it as much like his as I could. I took off the top coat of gloss, I "urged" the arm rest area to wear away quicker (with a sanding block) and added some less than natural nicks and bangs.

    It's not perfect but it's not bad. I don't think. Just sharing with my TB peeps. Enjoy and comment as you see fit. :)

    I put the pearloid guard on before Geddy did, btw. ;)

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  2. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Cool! You know I never noticed how beat up Geddy's bass was until I saw it on the high-definition big screen at the Snakes & Arrows tour.
  3. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    I love it. Looks just like the arm wear on my 75 P...

  4. Fletz


    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
  5. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    I have a Geddy as well. It'll take a long time for mine to look road worn. There are a couple little things here and there, but it's in pretty good shape. I never keep a bass long enough for it get worn. Maybe now that I've settled down a little bit as far as buying, selling, trading, etc. the Geddy will get a little natural wear. Of course, I don't gig any more and there isn't a lot of wear that happens at church.
  6. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    How much weight came off when you removed that thick finish?
  7. klejst

    klejst Guest

    Oct 5, 2010
    Cool, great job on the relic'ing.
  8. Fletz


    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    Not enough! :)

    Very little noticeable difference.
  9. Fletz


    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    Thanks. First attempt.
  10. alembicguy

    alembicguy I operate the worlds largest heavy equipment Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
  11. kiripunk


    Mar 30, 2012
    Naples (ITALY)
    Really nice, I did relic my 1st bass too! ;)
  12. Fletz


    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    Thanks! A sand block, steel wool, a garage floor and a chandelier chain!
  13. Duke21


    Nov 14, 2010
    Narvik, Norway
    Nice job!
    I'll never dare doing that .... Will time do it. The only thing I did to my Geddy is to fix access to the truss rod!

    EDIT: and yes Geddy's basses do look like they are heavily used, and often, which they are :)

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  14. I<34080


    Oct 7, 2007
    North Carolina
    Don't they have poly finishes? Good luck with getting some natural wear within the next century.
  15. Fletz


    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    Yeah. Basses today don't naturally age it seems.
  16. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Even thick MIJ poly finishes fade and wear, you just have to play them. This bass has done the punk rock circuit in Japanese and Korean bands in Asia for quite a few years, had about 70 stickers on it when I got it. It's just a different kind of wear.
    I've yet to see too many poly finishes reliced in a "nitro" kind of style with the finished dulled/sanded that looked like worn nitro finishes, to me anyway.
  17. rocmonster


    Oct 31, 2011
    That sounds like what you'll need when spending the night in Cartagena :D

    Seriously, Great Job! I've been itching to 'age' my MIM Jazz for some time now.
  18. Fletz


    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    Thanks. To ALL of you for the kind words.
  19. sloppy_phil


    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Not actually named Phil
    yep, definitely like it! I've got on old Ric that is already heavily aged, and I hope my continued use will add to the story...
  20. Fletz, I have been thinking of adding a perloid pickguard to my Geddy!! Now that I see it looks as good as I invisioned, think I may have to get one. Did you get yours thru Fender or somwhere else? When I was checking on them at the local music store they said there were a few diff ones depending on what fender jazz it is. Something to do with the screw holes?

    Nice job, looks great!!!