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have to start a new tread on this - GEDDY LEE JAZZ

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frederic b. hodshon, Jan 8, 2003.


  1. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    ok ok ...

    spent TWO HOURS at guitar center.

    playing nearly EVERYTHING there.

    even the FMTs, the MMs, the WHATEVERS!

    and the ONE BASS that stood out, was the Geddy Lee.

    for the record:

    1. i don't like SIG basses.

    2. i don't like RUSH (and i EVEN SAW THEM in 1974!).

    3. haven't been fond of Fenders for a while.




    but...

    this bass KICKS BUTT!!!!!

    they had TWO...the sales guy brought out the one in the box. i HAD been playing the non-boxed bass.

    and ya know...

    it played EXACTLY the same as the one on the wall.

    THAT sold me.

    CONSISTENT!!!

    gorgeous tone. perfect payability!

    and a 30 day return policy.

    how could i not?

    f
     
  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    You didn't... did you?

    ;)
     
  3. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    you came up in a conversation before i decided Mr. B!

    f
     
  4. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    just wait until you see what i come home with after NAMM 2003!

    bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaha.

    f
     
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Let me guess...

    :D
     
  6. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.

    -taps patiently...-

    f
     
  7. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    wow....its been a LOOOOOONG time since i've had a bass that i couldn't put down.

    i think the tonal variation is perfect!

    true, it does have that Rush vibe...but, when playing along with

    tower of power

    tribal tech

    weather report

    it blends right in with just a few turns.

    and its got an Alder body. must be something about that wood that really gets my goat!

    i know its the right choice when i can write 5 new tunes (sketches) the first night.



    of course, being a bassplayer, i'll probably take it back on the 28th day.

    :rolleyes:

    anyone interested in hearing some clips if i post them on my site?

    f
     
  8. Of course we're interested. We need pictures as well! :D

    I wish Geddy played a 5. I'd love to have a 5-string Geddy Lee Jazz.
     
  9. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    [​IMG]


    mmmm.

    cool thing...his signature is on the BACK of the headstock.

    hard to tell its a Sig Model. i was fooled.

    f
     
  10. Mazinger

    Mazinger Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2002
    USA
    Besides the bridge, what else is different from a regular jazz bass?
     
  11. zombywoof5050

    zombywoof5050

    Dec 20, 2001
    On that picture, look how well the pole pieces line up with the strings (perhaps the best alignment I've seen on a Fender).
     
  12. I'm pretty sure the bridge is the only thing that's different. That bass is modeled after Geddy's beloved '72 Jazz, which he bought at a pawnshop for something like $200. It's the bass you hear on "Moving Pictures" and other Rush classics. He recorded with it for years while using the Rickenbacker, Steinberger and Wal live.
     
  13. bman

    bman

    Dec 4, 2000
    Sandown, N.H., USA
    I think the neck is a bit thinner, too. I thought I'd read that somewhere. And to my unskilled hands, it certainly feels that way.
    Love my Geddy.
     
  14. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    those are basses i'd love to try.

    here where i live they are not imported...:(
     
  15. These basses stand out from other fenders. ITs the best fender jazz Ive ever played. It's a slapmaster! I usually say, A fender is a fender, but this one rules. With a straight neck, this is possibly the best sounding bass for slap too.

    I dunno... There's some kind of 'magic' to this bass.
    I usually dont get that feeling from a Fender. These basses can be lousy if you dont keep its setups to date
     
  16. bass_man86

    bass_man86

    Apr 29, 2002
    Virginia Beach
    Just for the record. I don't know how Fender managed it but, Geddy Lee originally made a name for himself playing a Rick not a Fender Jazz.

    I own a 1974 4001 and a 75 Fender Jazz very similar in configuration to the Geddy Lee signature (mine has Bartolini pick ups and the Bad Ass bridge, plus it's fretless), and I will be frank on this matter; the Jazz is nice but the Rick is just hands down a better ax. The neck just cannot be beat!

    So, if you've listened to 2112 and you wondered what that was Geddy was playing, get a 4001.
     
  17. seamus

    seamus

    Feb 8, 2001
    Jersey
    Just goes to show, different strokes for different folks. I never could warm up to the neck on a 4001, but a nice Jazz in my hands feels so natural. As for Ged's tone back in the day, I love it all, regardless of which bass he was using at the time. His tone did suffer on the most recent album however, but I think that's attributable to how he recorded it rather than the bass itself.

    And I agree, the GL Jazz is one sweet bass, especially for the money. :)
     
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    You don't know how Fender managed what? Didn't Geddy use a Jazz before the endorsement?
     
  19. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Yep. And he has for several years.

    Fred, I hear you about the Geddy. The reason that I bought mine is because it played and sounded better than any other Jazz I could find. I played American Standards, American Deluxes, and MIMs. This was about 2 years ago. My Geddy played better and sounded better than any of them.

    Mazinger, the differences are the Badass II bridge, 60's reissue pickups, and a custom neck profile that is not found on any other Fender. It is modeled after the neck on Geddy's mid 70's pawnshop prize, which has had the neck shaved down. Oh yeah, it is also the only Fender under $1000 with maple neck/black blocks, a look which I have loved for years.
     
  20. Saint

    Saint

    Mar 2, 2000
    DC - USA
    True, but what is funnier still to me is that when I think of a "Geddy Lee Bass", I think of the Wal "Geddy Lee" Signature model, not the fender.
    But more power to Geddy for getting 2 companies to give him a signature model. What I don't understand is how Rickenbacker ever let a "Geddy Lee Signature" 4001 slip through their hands.