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Geedy's New CS Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DLaunder, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. DLaunder


    Sep 8, 2010
    I've searched for information on this, but I'm not able to find any posts that discuss it. I saw Rush on opening night of their Clockwork Angels tour, and Geddy was playing a beautiful CS jazz that I hadn't seen before. It was blue with a matching headstock and looked like it had the Relic treatment. I thought I'd share that with the community.

    P.S. Not the most technically proficient show that I have seen from the boys (or their crew), but I was happy and surprised to see so much material from the 80's. I know many discount that time period in the bands long history, but that was when I learned to play, and Geddy was one of my mentors back then. I always appreciated the complexity and layering of the music from that time period.
  2. gordon5377


    Mar 15, 2009
    I'm going to see RUSH at the end of October so I will be looking forward to seeing this bass, and learning ahead of time what it might be.
  3. zackthompson

    zackthompson Endorsing Artist: MJC Ironworks Strings Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    I saw that too. I loved the look of it. I couldn't really here what it sounded like because the volume was way down on it. I also had a lawn seat though.
  4. Who is Geedy?....he he...but seriously, I heard about it also but haven't seen any vids of it yet on Youtube...October 22nd, can't wait!
  5. gordon5377


    Mar 15, 2009
    Well, let's see. I already have a stock GL, I am building a replica of his red CS jazz, I am stocking parts to build a "time machine" bass, I guess I will have to wait and see what this blue bass is and make plans for another build.
  6. gordon5377


    Mar 15, 2009
    After MUCH searching, here is what I was able to find. I pulled these photos off the net so I am not responsible for the quality...sorry. Along with having to identify the blue bass, it looks as if he has gotten a new wine red w/pg bass, or his red CS has been modded with a guard (looks like abalone).

    EDIT: Thanks to cygnus-x1.net for posting these pics.

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  7. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    Gah! Now I can't remember where I read the interview, but the sonic blue relic jazz isn't a Fender.

    He didn't name the builder though.

    A-searching I will go to find the interview...
  8. gordon5377


    Mar 15, 2009
    Someone playing a 'Fender' that is not really a Fender (Fender logo on a non-Fender product)?!?!?. This will certainly spark some debate on this forum for sure!
  9. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    I wonder if it is this one:

  10. Echovox


    May 8, 2009
    Hi guys,
    The bass you are talking about is a Surf Green Fender Masterbuilt Jazz Bass with a matching peghead.
    It was built for Geddy as a surprise from his tech for the upcoming tour. I am the builder that made the bass so I know this as fact.
    Sweet bass, and so happy to see he is playing it on tour!
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  11. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    That's the one I was thinking of.

    I think I may have been mislead though. I have to search out to find where I read it was another maker.:meh:
  12. I was at the Manchester show and yeah, that bass is a beaut!
  13. sloppy_phil


    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Not actually named Phil
    very cool. It looks like a lovely bass!
  14. BrentSimons

    BrentSimons Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    Vergennes,VT USA
    That's too cool! Welcome!

    I think the red one might be the red one he has had since the 90's with the added pickgaurd. There was a video on Bass Player TV years ago with Geddy backstage showing his basses for the Snakes and Arrows tour. I think he said the "Red One" was his favorite next to his '72. But he commented how the tone was just a little but different. I believe Faithless and We Hold On were recorded with the Red One.
  15. Echovox


    May 8, 2009
    I believe the Candy Red one was made by Fender Artist Relations builder Larry Brooks in the 90s. The reason I think it is darker is because the bridge pickup is in the early 60s location.
  16. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    At 1:08 or 1:09 that one looks like it has a rosewood or ebony board, not maple.
  17. gordon5377


    Mar 15, 2009
    When he is going to put the bass up on the stand you can also see that it has a white pickguard and not the tort as shown in the pic. Also, keep in mind that the video was posted in 2010 and, if what a previous poster said was true, he just built the bass for this tour, so must not be the same bass.
  18. Echovox


    May 8, 2009
    The Sonic Blue bass is a completly different bass.
  19. gordon5377


    Mar 15, 2009
    Why would you do that??? Cover up that gorgeous flame maple? I L-O-V-E that bass. Can't remember where I read it but in an interview he called the red CS an 'absolutely gorgeous instrument', but then he noted the tonal difference you mentioned.
  20. Echovox


    May 8, 2009
    Here is a picture of the bass before it was shipped to Geddy

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