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NBD: Geddy Lee Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 4 Strings Good, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. 4 Strings Good

    4 Strings Good

    Mar 6, 2014
    I've been playing my Fender Jazz with rosewood board and nylon tapewounds quite a bit lately, and have really been enjoying it. I've played Precisions since I started on bass and the JB is a different animal entirely. Been thinking about getting one with a maple fretboard and, after considering all the options, decided the Geddy Lee signature model was what I'm after. I found a great deal ($508) on a MIM model on eBay and pulled the trigger, breaking the cardinal rule of not trying before buying.

    It arrived in immaculate shape and ready to go: I tweaked the set-up only minimally, replaced the standard white guard with a pearly one, and swapped out the Roto rounds with TI Jazz flats. It sounds fantastic and is a joy to play. I know folks are sometimes disparaging of MIM models compared to their MIJ/CIJ and USA counterparts but I own Japanese and American Fender basses and my Mexican ones hold their own against them. This bass is no exception. As our friend @saabfender aptly put it recently, "the presumed inherent superiority of American instruments is not obvious to me."

    I should probably add that while I'm impressed with Geddy Lee's chops (as well as his ability to sing while playing) I'm not a Rush fan. I don't own or listen to anything by the band. I'm definitely not trying to emulate Geddy's sound. But I LOVE the pickups, the feel of the bound neck and the badass bridge on this bass. And it's classy looking--like playing a tuxedo. I wish there was a way to get the signature off the back of the headstock without messing up the finish but I'll get used to it.

    First gig with it is tonight!

    IMG_5874. IMG_5875. IMG_5876. IMG_5877. IMG_5878.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2018
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  2. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    To be fair, the only person who'll ever see the signature is you and whoever tries to goose you during a particularly tricky passage.
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  3. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    with or without the signature = it's a cool looking ax! congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
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  4. saabfender

    saabfender Banned

    Jan 10, 2018
    Essentially a NDB then. Mazel.
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  5. eastcoasteddie


    Mar 24, 2006
    I’m not really a Rush fan either, but I really do like that bass.
    In all honesty, it is basically a 76(?) Jazz Bass, right?
  6. Any bass you like for a price that's right = winner. Congratulations on a great score! And if you don't like the signature, get a piece gaffers tape, put it right over the signature and sign it yourself. Once again, winner.
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  7. mannysilvers

    mannysilvers Commercial User

    Jun 20, 2009
    Engineer, Electro-Harmonix
    Modeled after a '72.
  8. eastcoasteddie


    Mar 24, 2006
    Thanks...I wasn’t sure and didn’t feel like researching...;)
  9. MrWolf14


    Jun 28, 2015
    Munich (Germany)
    Great bass!
    I like Rush but I never felt like "going after" Geddy's sound or technique.
    Still, I believe this is the best Fender passive Jazz money can buy nowadays.
    As simple as that...
    Ciao, DOmenico
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  10. baileyboy


    Aug 12, 2010
    How come?
  11. xroads64

    xroads64 Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    San Antonio
    I have a first year Japanese model for sale in the classifieds
  12. MrWolf14


    Jun 28, 2015
    Munich (Germany)
    .... I have a Japanese model that's never gonna leave my herd :p

    Good luck!

    Ciao, Domenico
  13. it has American Vintage pickups and a high mass bridge. It's a good deal even new.

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