Watch RUSH frontman tell the whole story in new video
By Jon Liebman
May 5, 2015
The Fender Geddy Lee signature Jazz bass is “pretty darn close” to his original ’72 #1 bass. So says the RUSH bassist and frontman in a brand new video from Fender.
The video begins with the story of Geddy stumbling upon his original Jazz bass – “cigarette burn in the neck and everything” – which he purchased from a pawnshop in Kalamazoo, MI, on a “boring day off.”
Though he had been a longtime Rickenbacker devotee, Lee pulled out the vintage black ‘72 Jazz during RUSH’s Moving Pictures sessions while searching for a different type of sound. With the ability to shape the tone catching him by surprise, he ended up using that bass for the “Tom Sawyer” track.
“There’s never been a bass that sounds like that bass,” says Geddy, citing the “particular mojo” unique to the instrument.
In talking with the folks at Fender about patterning a Geddy Lee signature bass after old #1, Lee says they were meticulous about getting every detail just right, from the fluid Custom Shop neck to the signature Badass-style bridge to the color tone of the fret markers. They also spent a lot of time tweaking the pickups, getting the tone just right. “The signature is very close to my #1.”
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