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The Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass is a perfect replica of Geddy's J. It has an original-spec alder body fitted with 2 U.S. Vintage Jazz Bass pickups, tr...Click To Read More About This Product

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Lee's incredible style puts a big bottom on Rush's music and this is the bass he does it with.

The Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass is a perfect replica of Geddy's J. It has an original-spec alder body fitted with 2 U.S. Vintage Jazz Bass pickups, traditional volume-volume-tone knobs, and a Badass II bridge. The one-piece maple neck with bound-and-blocked maple fretboard is a very comfortable custom shape, slimmed down to Geddy's specifications. Black finish. Includes Fender deluxe gig bag.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item will benefit Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that transforms children's lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in our public schools. For more information, visit www.littlekidsrock.org

FEATURES
Geddy Lee signature Jazz
Vintage-design alder body
Custom-shaped maple neck
U.S. Vintage Jazz Bass pickups
BadAss II bridge
'70s-style block inlays and binding
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4.9

(based on 178 reviews)

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A MUST FOR ANY SERIOUS PLAYERS LIST

I have the good fortune of being the bassit for a regular working band. I also have the good fortune to own and play one of these fine instruments as my exclusive workhorse....Read complete review

I have the good fortune of being the bassit for a regular working band. I also have the good fortune to own and play one of these fine instruments as my exclusive workhorse. Now, after months of continuous use, and literally dozens of live performances in a number of different venues, I feel qualified to say the Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass is worth every penney of its cost, and more. If you want to look and sound like Geddy Lee, then this is obviously your bass. You will be pleased. For those of you simply looking for a quality practical workhorse, this also could be your bass, as it was for me. Fender discreetly placed Geddy's signature on the back of the headstock, so other than the bridge and lack of decal patent numbers, the bass appears identical to the early 70's Jazz it replicates. Basically, it's like having a brand new 1972 Jazz Bass in your hands, with all the traditional Fender sound, quality, and reliability you can always depend on. Re-string with flatwounds (as I did), and the traditional sound is more enhanced. The BA Bridge is an added plus, contributing a piano-like clarity to your low end notes. The ulta-thin spec neck is my favorite feature (thanks Geddy), and it stays in tune. Obviously there is a reason why those of us who own and play these basses give them five star ratings. If you are a serious player, and like the traditional look, sound, and simple passive electronics, you owe it to yourself to at least try one of these out and see for yourself. I like mine so much, I'm seriously considering buying another, just in case the unthinkable happens to the one I have.

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ok bass

I had to have one being a rush fan since 78. I would say this bass is overated. Saying that I wouldn't sell or trade it. It does have that geddy/tool punch,...Read complete review

I had to have one being a rush fan since 78. I would say this bass is overated. Saying that I wouldn't sell or trade it. It does have that geddy/tool punch, but the shiny maple neck makes the strings buzzy-and no this is not a setup prblem-it's just not that smooth compared to a rosewood fretboard/ also it it's pickups have a hum. I think I love it for sentimental sake haveing watched GED play it in front of me all these years live/ bit for the $800 bucks you could probably buy 2 really nece Ibanez SR basses with comparable quality tone and playability-really.

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5.0

Fantastic Bass.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Bought this bass as my second-ever bass, and needless to say I don't own a third, and I never plan on buying one. (well maybe a five string eventually) Amazing tone, and you can shape it pretty easily with the volume knobs--for instance on my setup (Carvin Redline R700) if you back off on the first pickup a tiny bit it re-creates the sound Geddy gets on Freewill pretty accurately. Thin neck is also a sweet addition. Awesome bass.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

ok bass

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This bass looks really cool, the maple neck with black block fret markers looks very clean. But this bass sounds really twangy and has that pick sound no matter how you play it. If your a fan of Rush and Geddy Lee and you like his signiture sound then this is your bass. If you don't want to sound exacly like Geddy Lee then don't buy it.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

ok bass

By progmd

from pa

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I had to have one being a rush fan since 78. I would say this bass is overated. Saying that I wouldn't sell or trade it. It does have that geddy/tool punch, but the shiny maple neck makes the strings buzzy-and no this is not a setup prblem-it's just not that smooth compared to a rosewood fretboard/ also it it's pickups have a hum. I think I love it for sentimental sake haveing watched GED play it in front of me all these years live/ bit for the $800 bucks you could probably buy 2 really nece Ibanez SR basses with comparable quality tone and playability-really.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Happy Buyer

By MIKE C

from MONTREAL QUEBEC

I possess 5 basses and never actually owned a Fender, so I decided to purchase one; I entered a music store, and tried all the Fender P & J Basses they had. I told the sale person that I didn?t want to see or know the price nor any signatures (not to get influenced). I tried 15 Fenders, and in between trying and testing I was (without knowing it was the Geddy Lee) always comparing whichever Fender to the G.L. And at the end my choice was over and done with?.the Fender Jazz Geddy Lee. The sound, the touch, the feel is remarkable. I?ve been using it now ever since I bought this bass.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome Bass !!!

By Chuck White

from Orange Park FL.

I bought this bass in 2003. Since then I have had a luthier put in a set of active EMG's , had the back routered to hold the battery. I play this bass through a Hartke full stack(3500..4.5xl...115xl).I use rotosound pressurewound strings and I will tell you this now. The tones that I get from this bass are nothing short of AMAZING!! I originally purchased this bass, not for "who" it was but for what it is.I have played a "72 Jazz" and this is like taking a step back in time with a touch of evolution(mods).What else can I say that has not already been said? SEVEN YEARS AND NOT A SINGLE LET DOWN OR DISAPOINTMENT!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ONE OF THE BEST PASSIVE FOUR STRING BASS

By ro-JoDkT

from Santiago, Chile

I've decided to get my "first Fender" after almost 20 years playing (Warwick and Rickenbacker). My first choice was a jazz bass, because its particular sound and by being passive (love it). After, I've decided to find a bridge with similar string angle to Warwicks, so, guess what: Bad Ass II. Finally, based on my previous experience, I wanted a maple fingerboard for varying from weng. My two main choices were a Fender '75 plus Bad Ass replacement bridge, and the GL signature. I've tried both, and honestly, I've felt much better with the GL, nice, really nice sound, versatility, lot of growl and bottom end, so comfortable, light and fast-necked. I think this passive bass could only be beaten by a Rickenbacker 4003. It deserves my whole rating.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It's Okay

By Joe Elder

from Newport News, VA

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I may be called an idiot for this, but this bass isn't what everyone says it is. It has some good things, like the vintage style and thin neck. But other than that I like other Jazz Basses better. I am a huge Rush and Geddy Lee fan and I was somewhat disappointed with this bass. There's SO much finish on the neck my hands stick, and it covers the truss rod cover. The tuners feel cheap and the D string tuner feels like its going to pop or snap when I tune it. I have very light strings on this and it steel feels as heavy as the crappy set of strings that came with it. The tone choice is that of a Standard Fender Jazz Bass, which to me isn't enough. It has a good warm sound, but when I switch pickups there's an awful buzz if I don't balance them right. Plus the action is too high and the strings feel really stiff. I heard its a good slap bass, but it really doesn't have the clarity to do it, not to mention the looseness. It may be because I don't like passive basses that much, but it's not the greatest out there. Get/try the Fender Jazz Bass 24 and you'll see what I mean.I may put some flatwounds on this and use it for reggae or R&B. It's a decent, well made bass, but it really wasn't what I expected.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not what everyone says it is

By Thrashers7

from philadelphia, pa

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I got mine a week ago. The neck is super thin. I have no clue how some people play this thing. It seems like there is nothing between your thumb and your fingers. Another turnoff is that in order to adjust the rod, you need to take off the strings and the neck. Finally, about 2 days ago, the bridge pickup died. I've sent it back; I am getting a Fender American jazz.

 
4.0

Great looks, a few flaws

By BassPlayer4Hellanova

from Souther Nebraska

This bass starts off amazing. It looks amazing in no matter where u look at it. Then you go to set it up. Vintage style neck means you have to take it off to adjust the truss rod. Hope you get it right the first time. It doesn't take long to do, but after 2 times it gets old. The pickups sound amazing, unless you want to roll the volume on one of them back a little. The it hums like a mother. I used compression on it and it evens it out. I play all over the neck. I've grown up on dual octave necks. Playing the upper register is a task. The horn is very close and the joint on the back both hamper complete control and freedom. The tuners on mine seem to need some reworking. If I hit my E string tuning key, it will unwind half of a turn. I'm in a high energy band, and our last show my E went out of tune 4 times from getting too rough with it. The high gloss neck prevents fret drag or and sounds super smooth when you bent it, it also keeps that maple neck sparkling clean. The pickups don't ajust very well. The bass looks no nosense, plays good, and is a great name drop when people ask what you play. But all that comes with a price.

 
5.0

Slam Dunk

By bshakin

from Venice, CA

I was shopping Deluxe P's, but bought this bass on the recommendation of a Bass Institute faculty member. Best decision I've ever made. The tone, especially through a powerful amp, gets sweeter and sweeter the more I explore it: depth, clarity, punch. Every musician who has ever picked it up has given props to me. And it's beautiful. I recently bought a Schecter Elite V, but it just hangs on the wall. My only criticisms, and they're minor, is the slight inconvenience of adjusting the truss rod (must remove the neck), and the tuners having slightly more play than I'd like. Hip shots should make my Geddy perfect!

 
5.0

The best, hands down

By MIke Kelly of TREBEK

from Clinton, MA

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Ok, I have owned a lot of different basses and still own 2 beautiful custom basses. I used to have a Jazz bass and let it up a long time ago. Coming back to playing a Fender was a slow process but after playing the Geddy Lee jazz bass I was sold on the playabilty...most importantly. You can always switch pickups, strings, etc., but the feel of the neck is there to last. This is the best playing bass in the world.

 
5.0

the best bass i have ever played

By david lamb

from tampa,fl

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I love this bass it's amazeing!!! Theres nothing like it in it's price range. The neck is so comfortable and it gives it a good full sound. Buy it or just try it I can be 100% sure you'll dig this bass!

 
5.0

Geddy JAZZ Bass

By TimmyK

from Burlington, NJ

I'm not a big fan of Fender Bass's, but this one is definetly different. The neck slim and fast and the overall look with the black blocks lookes great. The BassAss Bridge is a vast improvement to.

 
5.0

The only bass for me

By Bassman29-XESO9

from Atwater, CA

After searching for a fretted jazz bass the search is finally over. I purchased my Geddy Lee from an awesome store in Merced called Ingram's Music. The bass plays incredible. The neck is so thin and quick, nothing compares to it. Fender really did a great job with this bass. The body is a decent weight and doesn't kill you after 15 mins of playing. The pickups are pretty nice, well rounded sound and great for slap. The only problem I had was with the E tunning machine but just tightened the screw and its perfect now. Its by far a flawless design and bass. Buy one today!

 
5.0

Highly Recommend

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This bass has a very thin neck that is extremely easy to play (after playing it for a while, I started playing my Les Paul and the neck felt friggin huge). Get a Tech21 Sansamp BDDI with it, with new Rotosound Roundwound strings and you will be floored at how growly and clear the low end is and snappy and bright the high end is (it sounds really good even through my small SWR LA amp!)I have two SMALL complaints:- The "inlays" are merely painted on, and after 2 years of playing I am starting to see small ring scratches where the black rubbed off- The G string keeps popping out of it's little notch in the bridge a few milimeters over to where it naturally wants to be. Not a big deal, doesn't affect the tuning/sound/playability of the bass in any way it's just kind of annoying :)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!

By the Man with the Cheap Strat

from Florida

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If I didn't already own a Fender American Jazz bass, which sound-wise is this bass' slight-superior, I would definitely put this on the list as my next bass over any Ric, Tobias, anything. But, alas, I don't need another Jazz Bass.The only thing that's really innovative about it's the neck. Seriously. I felt weird playing it today (for about half an hour non-stop) because it was so thin and comfy it felt like it wasnt even there. It's awesome!!The rest of it's normal, but good quality Fender. I definitely reccomend this thing it's truly awesome. If something horrible ever happens to my Jazz in a gig and the neck needs replacing, I'm gonna go DIY-custom and put a geddy lee neck on mine, its that good (and good looking)

 
5.0

A MUST FOR ANY SERIOUS PLAYERS LIST

By Stan

from Alabama

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I have the good fortune of being the bassit for a regular working band. I also have the good fortune to own and play one of these fine instruments as my exclusive workhorse. Now, after months of continuous use, and literally dozens of live performances in a number of different venues, I feel qualified to say the Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass is worth every penney of its cost, and more. If you want to look and sound like Geddy Lee, then this is obviously your bass. You will be pleased. For those of you simply looking for a quality practical workhorse, this also could be your bass, as it was for me. Fender discreetly placed Geddy's signature on the back of the headstock, so other than the bridge and lack of decal patent numbers, the bass appears identical to the early 70's Jazz it replicates. Basically, it's like having a brand new 1972 Jazz Bass in your hands, with all the traditional Fender sound, quality, and reliability you can always depend on. Re-string with flatwounds (as I did), and the traditional sound is more enhanced. The BA Bridge is an added plus, contributing a piano-like clarity to your low end notes. The ulta-thin spec neck is my favorite feature (thanks Geddy), and it stays in tune. Obviously there is a reason why those of us who own and play these basses give them five star ratings. If you are a serious player, and like the traditional look, sound, and simple passive electronics, you owe it to yourself to at least try one of these out and see for yourself. I like mine so much, I'm seriously considering buying another, just in case the unthinkable happens to the one I have.

 
5.0

Oh My God

By Derrick C

from woodsbay,MT

This is by far the best bass ive ever played or even herd of. I new it would be a realy nice bass to begin with because i love playing rushes music, but there was somthing missing with my P bass that deepy effected the meaning of the music. This bass can be used for any style it will last ong, and its over all a Kickin bass to even hold in your hand. You have to get this bass, the only reason i put a 8 on value is because its ***$$ but its all worth it ... im just a really cheap person. But overall anyone who plays a bass should get it.

 
5.0

jimbass

By JimBass

from Essex County, NJ

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I just bought it and can't stop playing it. It is my 4th bass, and it has quickly become my favorite. The weight is perfect, and the slender neck works really well for me. The sound is smooth, but powerful and authoritative. This is a truly excellent bass. If you are in the market for a good, solid J, you cannot make a mistake with this bass.

 
5.0

A Good Bass

By Beacon

from Sadieville, KY

Okay if you have heard people talk about the action this bass has they are right. It is so amazingly easy to play, your fingers just kind of float across. Plus if you want a bass that has a serious punch, and will vibrate the stage in front you, this is the one. It's tone is just great, you could play all sorts of styles. I can also go weeks with out tunning and pick it up and still be in tune. But my only complaint is the brigde has a little but off a problem, and it came with a grounding problem. (Both can be easily fixed.) I play this bass live twice a week, and it can easily take the test of time.

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