Mean, mean stride. The Geddy Lee Jazz Bass® guitar is an exact replica of the tonally singular instrument that Rush's revered bassist/vocalist has riffed away on in front of millions of devoted fans worldwide and on many a mega-selling album. The bass has an alder body; the thin one-piece C-shaped maple neck has a maple fingerboard with black binding and black rectangular position markers. The two vintage Jazz Bass single-coil pickups crackle with life and bristle with the energy. Other features include chrome hardware, vintage-style tuners and a custom High-Mass Fender bridge.
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I've been researching this bass for over a year while playing a Fender MIM FSR Jazz Bass. I found a MIJ one at a local music shop a few months ago and could see what the buzz was about. I finally purchased it a few weeks ago and have already played 2 gigs with it. I love the look, the feel, the great Fender Jazz tone, and the neck. The neck not only looks awesome but the thinness is especially great as I have smaller hands. It is also a little lighter than my FSR and easier on my shoulder. Every time I pick this bass up I think to myself what a pleasure it is to play.
Bassadelic owns this item
Love this bass. Got a used CIJ model in 1994. Love everything except:
The slot on the G-saddle on the BadAss II was cut improperly and not in the right place, causing the string to line up with the fretboard, which it shouldn't.
Neck pocket was a bit too wide so the neck tends to move around a bit despite being bolted on shut with the four bolt system, causing weird string alignment and sometimes making it go out of tune.
Overall though, the pickups gave me the natural growl I wanted without using preamps and effects. The neck's appearance and profile is sexy: the thin profile makes it super easy to move around on. The bass in general looks amazing: people will definitely be attracted to this bass just by looking at it. The GL's growl will definitely give you more cut into a mix, guarantee.
I hate the BadAss. Had two terrible experiences with them so I think I may switch to something else more reliable.
CIJ Geddy Lee basses are hard to find and they are super valuable. Get one and keep it if you can!
shadownet owns this item
I bought this bass second hand in mint condition (plastic was still on the scratch plate) and so far I LOVE it, I got an excellent deal on it but even at the MSRP it is a great bass that plays like a dream. Fender did a great job on this one.
Mine is a MIJ model in either 2009 or 2010. I exclusively play Jazz Bass's
Likes: The Neck has an amazing feeling, the lacquer on both sides is nice to play.
The binding and block inlays teamed with the maple fret board are visually striking.
The Bad Ass II feels great on the hand ( if you've played muted pick style on a traditional bridge you'll know the discomfort I mean) and a bit of punch is added.
Thin neck plays fast if that's what you're in to, you can really dart around.
It is solid, like play baseball with it than go play a gig solid.
Dislikes: Tone nob is either ON or OFF, there is little wiggle room on it.
The tone may not be for every one, this bass cranked (all nobs full) is a bit much if your more in to a deep, thick and bass full tone, with the neck pickup full and neck and the tone off its still quite nice but 'bite' starts with the slightest adjustment to either of the other nobs.
Such a Thin neck causes a unnatural position when playing on the G string with the pointer finger (only an the first couple frets) in players with larger hands.
Tuning pegs are nothing special (not bad, just nothing special)
All and all I think this is a fabulous bass that has playability comparable to an American (in my case) it seems to be a great value at a good price and I like it! I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a crunchy tone and a quality bass.
drunkenDAYlewis owns this item
I bought my Geddy Lee in 2012 and it has since been my main jazz bass. I got the sunburst model and it is a real looker.
The sound is really classic jazz and though I do love Rush, I don't play many Rush tunes on it, mainly because no one I play with is willing to learn any of them, lol.
The Jazz bas is, as we know, an extremely versatile instrument and I dare you to go into a studio without one. I ALWAYS have a Jazz and a precision in the studio.
My aged is. Rey well constructed (MIM) and the finish is exquisite. I did sand down the gloss finish on the back of the neck to give a faster smoother feel. In fact I liked it so much I used micro mesh to put a satin finish on the entire instrument and it looks and feels fabulous.
The pickups are 60s style, but in a '70s configuration. It is capable of all the classic jazz bass tones and can fit well in any genre.
I typically keep mine strung with SS Roundwound strings for rock music and it is tuned half step down. (These young guys love to down tune)
I can say that the truss rod not placement, while classic, is a pain in the butt. I have having to take the neck off to adjust my truss rod, which is necessary several times a year in my environment. I will say this, DO NOT TRY TO ADUST THE NUT WITHOUT REMOVING THE NECK FIRST!
You will chip the finish and you'll probably booger up the nut itself (it's softer metal than your screwdriver).
The sound is classic jazz and the feel and look is just impeccable. I would recommend this instrument to anyone looping for something a bit above a standard jazz bass. You don't have to be a fan of Geddy to love this bass.
The first Fender Jazz Bass I ever played was the one belonging to Herbie Flowers; a '59 prototype that has been his sole instrument for his entire career. So you can imagine the bar was set pretty high when it came to buying a Jazz Bass for myself. I tried the Geddy Lee in the local music shop (along with various others ranging from Squier to American Deluxe) and it was totally amazing. It ticked all the boxes, Heaven to play (that neck!!!), lovely tone, great looks and a Badass II bridge. At the time it was out of my price range but I soon found a bargain on Ebay. It was a brand new '2nd' bought from the USA, made in Japan in the early 90s. I swapped the tuners and neckplate for Fender branded versions, changed the plastic knobs for chrome barrells and stuck on a black pickguard. I named this bass 'Suzie' after my wife, because if I could only keep one bass out of my entire collection, this would be it (I would hesitate briefly when I came to my Marcus Miller V but it would be no contest). This is quite honestly the finest Fender Jazz Bass I have ever played, which in my humble opinion makes it the best in the World, and I strongly recommend it to anyone out there thinking of investing in a Fender Jazz Bass. It's the only bass you'll ever need and well worth saving for if it's out of your budget. Anything cheaper is a false economy and any 4 string that's more expensive I think is wasting your money (says he who recently bought a very expensive and lovely 62 RI Jazz Bass, now sadly discontinued. A truly awesome bass - though not as versatile as the Geddy and twice the price!). If you're reading this you are thinking of buying a Jazz Bass. Lucky you! Your search is over! ;)
bass-thing owns this item
Quite simply LOVE IT!!
Try some Rotosound R66 swing bass 045-105 gauge strings on it though,
WOW sounds amazing really LOVE IT!!!!!!
BY-TOR owns this item
I have a black, second-hand (around 2005) model. It looks fantastic (although I might replace the plain white pickguard with a vintage pearl one). The glossy maple fretboard with black, block markers is visually striking and the extra slim (front to back) neck is fast and relaxing to play, especially if, like me, you have small hands. The block markers and binding are skillfully painted on underneath the gloss. The build is top-notch (Crafted in Japan) and the fretwork is beautiful. No sharp edges and slightly flattened surface add to the speed of playing that can be achieved. The American Vintage style pups with bevelled poles are not hot but they are very crisp sounding when both full on or the bridge is favoured. This is helped by the 70s spacing `9the bridge pickup is about 4cm closer to the Badass II bridge. The bridge is solid and the saddles never budge! The only weak feature is the tuners which, unstrung, feel a bit loose but hold well when strung. My model doesn't have the Fender-stamped machines so maybe they have sorted out the quality of the tuners but, like I said my Geddy stays in tune even after playing really hard. Although the pickups aren't hot `ie loud`` this is compensated on the amp. They were a bit buzzy but `i improved the shielding and now they are much better. I actually think someone had previously messed around with them and `i don't expect excessive buzzing from other `Geddys'. On stage, it is visually striking...it has real personality...and sounds aggressive if you want it to or you can get it to sound piano-like and clear as a bell. In some respects, a basic Jazz bass but with some extra charisma! Highly recommeneded!
yaremus owns this item
For years I played "other" bass brands,,but I always came back to Fender,,Squier actually. Yesterday my new Fender Jazz Bass arrived,,,took it to practice and WOW,,the best bass neck I have ever played on. The neck is dead flat,,low action,,no fret buzz any where.
Through my Carvin head/Eden cabinet,,this bass has serious tone and sustain,,incredible. Build quality is fantastic. Buy it you will not be disappointed.
Union Jack owns this item
Having read a few reviews I took the plunge and bought this jazz bass. The tone is really good. But play it through valve amps. Simply Stunning. Playability is excellent
liverpool08 owns this item
As a huge Rush fan, I HAD to own this bass. No questions asked. I had heard positive reviews of the basses and was pleasantly surprised when I got this bass in 2008 (not long after my 18th birthday) and found that there was nothing about it I didn't like.
The neck is glossy and extremely slim, especially past the 12th fret. It is a joy to play and fatigue never sets in for me. The sound can range from deep and warm to bright and crisp depending on your preference. One great feature is that the bridge pickup is 1/4" closer to the bridge which gives it a slightly brighter sound, even with the tone control off (my preferred setting). The Badass II bridge allows for a lot of sustain really beefs the sound up.
This bass is really pleasing to the eye too, with vintage 70s styling and the black block inlays and binding that offset the maple fretboard perfectly. Personally I much prefer this over the dot inlays or perloid block inlays. The bass is a little on the heavy side but sits perfectly balanced on a strap.
Not only is this a bass for Rush fans, it's a bass that can easily transcend genres. It's always my go-to bass.
Marshall1990 owns this item
The Fender Jazz Bass has always been my bass of preference. Over the years I have owned many Fender Jazz Basses including original models from 1964 forward. My favorites have been an original 1975 White Jazz Bass and my current 2010 50th Anniversary Model Jazz bass. Add to that, a black Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass, which I purchased when it was first released. (This is the one that had the Fender "F" stamped onto the back neck plate.) We musicians occasionally get to points where we find ourselves a bit "over geared" and so I sold my Geddy to a friend of mine who really liked it. BIG MISTAKE! Good for my friend but not so much for me! I missed that bass as soon as it walked out the door. A few years later, enter the new Geddy Lee Sunburst model and it was time to bring Geddy back into the "family". This bass is extremely sharp and the fit and finish are excellent. The 3-tone sunburst, black pick guard, 70's style tuning keys and maple neck with black in-lays give it a nice vintage feel and look. The Badass II Bridge is also very cool. The neck on this bass is sleek and fast and and the sound is excellent. In my opinion, this is one of the best basses that Fender offers in this price range. Yes it is really nice to have Geddy's signature on the back of the headstock but even more important, this is a quality bass! Welcome back to the "family" Geddy!
I own a 2006 Crafted in Japan Black Geddy Lee Jazz Bass (bought it new in 2006). This bass is now made in Mexico. Overall production of this bass is on par with my Japanese Geddy Bass. You'll never find a Jazz Bass with a thinner neck. The growl of the vintage single coil pickups & added sustain & stability of the Badass II bridge is Awesome. Modeled after Geddy Lee's 1972 Jazz Bass, I've heard that this is one of Fender's best selling Basses & I can see why as it's ballsy, solid & reliable.
James Coderre owns this item
This is the best bass I have ever played! Very well balanced. I shopped around for a bass for a long time before getting this one. I tried other brands and just couldn't get the right "feel" from them. This one picked me! Once I got my hands on this bass everything about it was perfect! I brought this bass to some sight reading classes and my instructor informed me that my bass has the same deep and warm tones of a piano! I considered that a compliment of the highest kind!
MetalElf owns this item
|Model Name:||Geddy Lee Jazz Bass®, Maple Fingerboard, Black, 3-Ply White Pickguard|
|Body Shape:||Jazz Bass®|
|Neck Shape:||Thin "C"|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||20|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.5" (38.1 mm)|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Vintage-Style|
|Bridge Pickup:||American Vintage Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Neck Pickup:||American Vintage Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone|
|Bridge:||Geddy Lee High Mass Bridge|
|Tuning Machines:||Fender '70s Vintage-Style Stamped Open-Gear|
|Control Knobs:||Black Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 7250M, NPS (.045-.105 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Black Fingerboard Binding with Black Rectangular Shaped Position Markers, Slim Neck Profile, Geddy Lee High Mass Bridge|
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