How Can I Get A Geddy Lee Sound From An Ibanez

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stampy, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. Stampy


    Jun 30, 2008
    I recently bought a new but used Ibanez GSR200 a nice beginners bass. I have been learning a lot of Rush lately and this bass just isn't getting it done lol. The strings that were on there I think were the Ibanez originals so I just ordered a set of Rotosounds 66's 45-105 which are the ones Geddy Lee is currently using. I know a lot of it probably has to do with my technique because I have only been playing for a little bit and I know Geddy pretty just about pulls the strings he plays really hard. But is there anything else I can do to the bass to get his sound without buying a Geddy Lee model Jazz Bass?:)
  2. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Get a sansamp or do like I did, get the cheapie sansamp Behringer ripoff, BDI21 for $30. The Rotosounds will help. Other than that, fool around with that flamenco technique he uses alot these days. Search for an example of that.
  3. Stampy


    Jun 30, 2008
  4. Hemispheres85


    Jun 15, 2006
    Want a Geddy sound with your bass? Get Geddy to play your bass. That's about the only way.
  5. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Also... get aggressive with your string attack.
  6. Mike Shevlin

    Mike Shevlin

    Feb 16, 2005
    Las Vegas
    eh.....i don't think that will do it. This may violate interdementional laws of nonlinear singularity:eek:, but I don't think Getty could get a Getty sound with an Ibanez bass with dead strings.

    But Rotosounds will help a lot.
  7. Stampy


    Jun 30, 2008
  8. I second the sansamp. There is a touch of overdrive to his tone that really makes his tone rip. Not distorted, just a little warm.
  9. Thunderthumbs73

    Thunderthumbs73 Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Clean and zingy strings (of any variety) will help. And I will third a Sansamp. Make the purchase of GL Jazz the last option, as there's lots of great boxes/gear out there with tons of sounds.
  10. 68Goldfish

    68Goldfish Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Port Orchard WA
    His tone on Rush in Rio is downright overdriven! I did have some luck getting that tone with a sansamp RBI and a fender jazz. Of course new roundwounds like Rotosounds are a new strings. Like change them once a month kind of new. I'm not familliar with your particular bass but if it's a Jazz style then that's a step in the right direction.
  11. Gsr 200 has a pj config. I reckon that you should give the j some more volume than the p and some form of overdrive.
  12. Gsr 200 has a pj config. I reckon that you should give the j more volume than the p and some form of overdrive.
  13. Bluesdog


    Apr 24, 2006
    Gold Coast
    Firstly you need to dump whatever amp you're using, and change to either a commercial roast chicken rotiserie or a stack of washer dryers, :D:D:D:D

    seriously though geddy developed his sound using a Ric and even though he's moved onto to the jazz his sound has remained a combination of piono ring and ric growl.:bag:
  14. GabeN


    Feb 27, 2006
    Chugiak, AK

    Dude, there's no way to get a geddy sound aside from BEING geddy. Do yourself a big favor and develop your OWN signature sound.

    You like the geddy sound? Get a soft digital distortion and pick hard with roto's. You won't sound like geddy even remotely but if that's the sound you dig you'll at least be in that general area.
  15. That's what I was thinking, Geddy started with a Ric which gets that sound kinda automatically.
  16. Practice!

    I don't really go for a Geddy like sound (though every now and again for a few days I start playing with one finger and digging in tons -- sounds awesome however you have your eq set :p), but I can do the same sort of thing if I want.

    I've always had more luck with Geddy-like tones with favouring my neck pickup. On my old Yamaha RBX374 when I could actually be bothered to try and learn Rush tones, I'd always solo the neck pickup and play right over it, not even digging in too hard really. Imo you can get some nice Geddy-like tones by playing lightly over the neck pickup (with a bit of blend from your bridge) and carefully adjusting bass and high mids (lower the bass until it doesn't overwhelm everything and just adds to the high-mids). Imo Rush played on a good p-pickup sounds AWESOME ;)
  17. Gin


    Apr 11, 2008
    Manitoba, Canada
    give the mids and treble a boost, back off the bass so its not as boomy sounding, put a little distortion in your sound too. Ged plays really hard with 1 finger and uses his middle to help with the fast stuff, also dig in and attack the strings. Ged uses Steel Rotosounds SwingBass 66s, I have the nickel on mine, but seem to do the job well. Last, but not least you need 3 Henhouse Rotisserie Ovens for that big Rush sound...:hyper:
  18. Stampy


    Jun 30, 2008
    Thanks Everyone!!!
  19. alexgeddy

    alexgeddy Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2007
    heard Ged say in an interview "the hen house gives him that warm sound when he needs it"!!!
  20. Stampy


    Jun 30, 2008
    You mean this henhouse!!!