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New Geddy Lee bass - yeah baby!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jerry J, May 10, 2003.

  1. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    Well after all the discussion on another thread about the Geddy Lee Signature Jazz bass and reading tons of positive reviews I decided to search out one of these. One of the local shops just got one in so I figured that I'd go and spend a bit of time yesterday with it. I wasn't going to buy it but just couldn't pass it up. I won't bore anyone with photos as we've all seen this bass before.

    This bass is pretty much perfect. No dead spots, fretwork is pretty meticulous, although there is a bit of finish on the frets, the neck pocket is tight and the weight appears to be around 7 pounds..schweet!

    I've found the electronics to be very quiet so no issues with shielding for me to mess with. The tuners do seem a bit on the tinny side so maybe those might get changed out. I probably won't mess with the pickups either.

    I will change out the strings pretty soon and see what I can do about the relief and general setup. I futzed with lowering the strings a little and found that they were about as low as it could go without any buzz in the upper registers.

    All in all a very nice bass for a killer price. Thumbs up to Fender Japan on this one.
  2. congratulations!!:D

    Welcome to the club
  3. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    Super jeaous. A buddy of mine has one. I believe he replaced the white pickguard with a black pearloid one, and it looks killer.

  4. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    WHOO-WEE, nice! Please ask him where he got the pickguard. Really classy looking.
  5. he proally got it from allparts.com or pickguards.com :)
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I love mine. I was thinking of selling it but I think I'm gonna hold on to it.

    I'm suprised to hear that. The one I have, the frets are clean. No finish on it.

    This is the second Geddy Lee bass I've owned. The first one I owned needed a neck adjustment when I brought it home. I took okk the neck & a peice of finish came off the body on the neck pocket!!!! OUCH!!!!! So when I bought the second one, I did this...
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=968986" width=600>
    ...I routed a Truss Rod Access so I'll never have to take the off neck AGAIN!!!!

    I was planning to chance the tuning machines on mine cause they seem a bit cheap. Not as good as Schaller's or HipShots but I've never had a problem with the bass staying in tune, so I never changed them.

    EDIT:I've found the bass to be very quiet at rehearsals but I gigged with it twice & let me tell you, I'll be shielding the bass as soon as I get a chance. :)":END EDIT The only reason I changed the p/u's in mine was cause I bought a set of BassLine Hot for Jazz for $40 from a TB'er. It didn't make a huge difference but I like the BAsslines better. I ended up selling the Fender p/u's on eBay for $81.

    P.S. I PMed you about a Pickguard. :)
  7. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Congrats on the GL Jazz, as stated earlier, welcome to the club.
  8. steve_man

    steve_man Supporting Member

    May 15, 2002
    I've had mine now for about 3 years.


    it kinda brings tears to your eyes the things we've been through these couple years.

    This bass is the deal. I recently played a fender Custom Classic and my geddy blew her away!

    but I too have a gripe with the tuners - I'm in nino's boat at the moment.

    I got a local pro to do a setup done on her - also I got him to do a decent job done on the nut. It's surprising what potential some instruments have but no body invests the time to get this done.
  9. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    Very nice shielding job.;) Can I send my GL to you for one of those???

    The finish on the frets is pretty minimal. All in the upper registers and just at the joint between the neck and the fret. Not really any big deal to me and considering the price of the bass. The rest of the bass is spectacular.

    Oh, I just weighed the bass and it's a 9 pounder. But it sure feels lighter than that.

    I finally got to plug it into a real amp and the bass sounds really quite nice. A very unusual growl that is different from my other two Jazz basses.

    I'm a very happy camper here.
  10. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR

    Thanks for the rundown on the trussrod tweaks. I'm an old hand at the Fender trussrods so it shouldn't be too much of an issue. ( I have a few oldies:) )

    I'll also go ahead and shield it based on Nino's and your recommendation. It's not brain surgery so I should be able to handle it.

    I was thinking that I should change out the strings right away but I'm finding that the strings on mine through the F-1X/Bergantino rig sounds pretty darn good. I might just keep them on until they go dead or change tone.

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