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The bass with lean, mean stride.

Fender's Geddy Lee Jazz Bass Guitar is an exact replica of the tonally singular instrument that Rush's revered bassist and vocalist has riffed away on in front of thousands of devoted fans worldwide and a handful of mega-selling albums.

The Fender J-bass has an alder body; the one-piece C-shaped maple neck (thin) 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 tuning machines and a Badass Bass II bridge.




FEATURES
  • Artist series
  • Urethane finish
  • Body: alder
  • Neck: maple, thin "C" shape
  • Fingerboard: maple
  • Two vintage Jazz Bass single-coil pickups
  • Hardware: chrome
  • Machine heads: standard
  • Pickguard: 3-ply parchment
  • Bridge: Leo Quan Badass II
SPECIFICATIONS

Geddy Lee Jazz Bass

  • Frets: 20 medium jumbo
    Controls: volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup),
    Scale length: 34"
    Width at nut: 1.5"
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FenderGeddy Lee Jazz Bass
 
4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

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(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Bass But Too Much Lacquer on the Neck and Cheap Case!

By Where's My Mule?

from Second City

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Comments about Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass:

The lacquer on the back of the neck just has to go. It is the primary downside of this bass for me. If you can get over that, or are willing to sand it down, then it's a great bass and looks super-sweet. Be aware that you may want to invest in a nicer gig bag or hard case if you're going to be on the move a lot. The Sunburst looks sweet and the thinner neck profile is comfortable. However, if you're not bent on the Geddy Lee thing or the inlays or thinner neck, I'd spend a few more bucks and get the American Standard which is more of a lifetime purchase bass.
I purchased the Sunburst with maple fretboard. Looks beautiful with the inlays and classic Jazz Bass stylings. I own an American Standard Jazz and Precision, a Lakland USA Joe Osborn Jazz, and numerous Music Man basses. The Geddy Lee has a really nice extra thin neck profile, which is the primary reason I bought it. There are two problems. One is the heavy, heavy, heavy lacquer used on the entire neck, including the back. It's absolutely crazy. It creates terrible grab on the hand, prevents quick movement on the neck, and increases hand fatigue. Why not use a light satin finish or gun oil/wax coating to make the neck feel natural and fast rather than like it's dipped in plastic? This really hurts the playability of this bass despite the thinner neck profile. Also, the gig bag it comes with is noticeably cheap and flimsy. I mean, this isn't priced that much lower than the American Standard. Why not include a high-quality gig bag or a hard case? Or, start making them in the US and price them like the American Standard and include the new TSA case. People will still buy them due to the neck profile, inlays, and Geddy Lee name. But Fender has to do something about that lacquer on the neck.
The bass is very high quality for a non-US bass. Fretwork was great without any popping ends or unlevel frets. Neck pocket was tight. No loose knobs or bent control shafts. Set-up was good out of the box. It is noticeably heavier than an American Standard Jazz bass. The BadAss bridge is a nice addition, which I guess Geddy Lee uses. It uses the older, slightly heavier Fender tuners (not the ones on the American Standard). I would pay a bit more if the bass was made in the USA and came with a nice case. As I said, the heavy lacquer on the back of the neck is the primary downside to this bass. I really think Fender needs to take a lesson from Music Man or Lakland USA on this issue.
Good value, but almost as expensive as an American Standard. The gig bag it comes with probably cost Fender $9.95 to manufacture. Again, I'd pay a bit more for it to be made in the USA and for a nice case. That being said, it would be hard to find a J Bass of this quality with the cool vibe of the block inlays, thinner neck, and Fender name in this price range. I also appreciate that the Made in Japan inscription is on the back of the neck and not on front of the headstock. Most people wouldn't know it's not a USA bass. The headstock has the cool 70s font and, thankfully, the Geddy Lee signature is on the back, not the front.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great bass! Especially if you've got small hands

By Mr Bass Man

from New York City

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Comments about Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass:

I bought this bass not so much for the sound (I play classic blues, and a P-bass might sound more appropriate) but for its payability. The neck is the thinnest I have encountered, which is important to bassists like me who have been cursed with short fingers. But after I played it for a while through my GK MB115 amp and EBS compressor I was surprised at the rich variety of sounds it can produce. Get one!
This instrument has the thinnest neck I've ever encountered on a bass guitar. I have short fingers, so I find it to be VERY easily playable.
Very well-made.
It ain't cheap, but sounds as good as basses costing a lot more.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unquestionably the Best Jazz Bass

By Chris Owens

from DC/Baltimore region

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Comments about Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass:

The Geddy Lee Fender Jazz packs every ounce of that classic Fender Jazz tone-- scooped, deep, bright, growly, and highly resonate-- and is extra-enhanced with the Leo Quan bridge and the 70's-style more closely spaced bridge pick-up. And that neck! Super-thin and sleek... As a fan of Fender Jazzes, I fell in love with this bass right away for all those reasons and haven't been able to put it down since. My only minor complaints are the hard-to-get-at truss rod adjustment and the gig bag instead of a hard case.
The incredibly slim, sleek neck combined with a 70's-build jazz body (bridge pickup closer to the bridge) and the Leo Quan Bridge make this bass worth every penny. I played this one along side the American Standard and Special American, and the Geddy Lee's tone and playability notched well above the others. It's a great combination of features all in one package.
This bass is crafted just as well as any American-made Fender Jazz-- well constructed, solid, and aesthetically flawless. The tuning machines are nice and tight. I do wish the truss rod adjustment was more easily accessible. You either have to remove the neck or the pick guard to get at it. (But then again, if you take it to a pro for adjustment, that's their headache to deal with- not yours!) Also, it definitely needed an initial set-up because the action was a bit too high, but after that, it has played like an absolute gem.
Priced far more cheaply than the American-made Jazz Basses, The Geddy Lee Fender Jazz is just as good, if not better. My only complaint is that a bass like this should be packaged with a hardshell case, not a gig bag. Unfortunately, a better case will have to be a later investment in order to protect a fine instrument like this one.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Bass at a great price

By Don Quixote

from Virginia

Comments about Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass:

I bought my Geddy Lee (GL) signature Jazz Bass in 2000. It was manufactured in Japan in 1999. After 10 years of playing and traveling with this bass it has not disappointed. It has proven to be durable and reliable. I am able to get a great tone from this bass and it has proven be quite versatile as it fits in well with a variety of musical styles. The neck is ultra slim yet it stays in tune very well. That said, it is important to invest in a hard case to protect this bass. When I bought this bass I was looking at an American Jazz bass and Rickenbacker 4003, both of which were much more expensive than this bass. After playing all three, it was the GL bass that stood out for me, both for its tone and playability. The badass II bridge gives it a unique sound. My only complaint with this bass after a decade of use, it that the truss rod is not easily accessible. I ended up using a dremmel tool to route out a small divit under the pick guard to facilitate access to the truss. That done, adjustments became a snap.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice surprise

By Ron Clewett

from Prescott AZ.

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Comments about Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass:

First off, don't let the picture on here side step an fool you like it did me at first. I kept looking at it thinking it was yellow/greenish looking and didn't like it. I realized or hoped it had to be a just a lousy picture. Well I took my chances and and glad I did because the "real deal" is gorgeous. What a great suprise. Very deep warm sunburst color and just beautiful. Not at all like you see on your moniter! The best looking bass I have ever had and that was the one thing I was so concerned about. The neck is equally beautiful with a nice grain in the maple, and a smooth gloss finish front and back... On to the feel and playability... It's just what you'd expect from something that Geddy Lee would put his signature on; PERFECT! Slim fast neck, very stiff and stable, and solid as a rock. The neck came perfecty adjusted and the action was right on. I lowered mine even more and still zero string buzz. I play it through an Ampeg and WOW does it sound awesome. I have an American Standard Precision bass that I love too, but I have to give this one a little heads up even over it. An 11 on a 10 scale I like it so much. It is truely a great bass even though is says Made in Japan on the back of the head stock by Geddy's signature. A thousand bucks sure isn't chump change. That's pricy for Japanese, so you know all the best stuff went into this bass. If this was USA made it would probably be double or triple that amount and the quality would not be any better. There is no room for any improvement, and that goes for the pickups and tuning heads as well! I truely believe this is the best Fender Jazz bass ever made.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass!!!

By DNAVAGUTZ16

from Pittsburgh, PA

Comments about Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass:

After being only able to play Squier P bass for several years, this bass just looks and sounds amazing! I have an effects pedal that I use but I won't use it with this bass. Its sounds by itself through the clean channel sounds like a dream by itself and you can get a variety of great tones with the control knobs. The neck is slim and playing becomes so much more easy with this bass. And the tone is to die for!My only complaint is the super smooth and shiny finish on the neck. Don't get me wrong, it looks great (along with the rest of the guitar which is probably the same look and design I would go for if I were to go to the Fender Custom Shop and ask them to build me a bass) but it has a "waxed floor effect" in that its harder to slide my hand up and down the neck, but that's okay because it will get better over time. It just takes a little getting used to in the beginning. But overall this bass is amazing and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Quality build, excellent sound

By Greg Croft

from Ontario, Canada

Comments about Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass:

I really like this bass. It will obviously appeal to Rush fans (and I certainly fit that category!), however, the reality is that it is just a great sounding Jazz Bass that will sound fantastic in most musical situations.
Pretty standard stuff...Comfortable neck, a pair of great sounding single coil pickups, a solid bridge...Not a lot of bells and whistles, but everything that most players would need.
Very well made and a lot of attention to detail.
I think, in this case, you get really good value for the money. I think it would be hard to find a better bass at this price. About the only thing missing is a good quality hardshell case.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just Sick.

By Ross Auger

from Minnesota

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Comments about Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass:

Dig it. It's fast, funky, and comfortable.
The pickups can get funky when switching between volumes. The tuners aren't junk, I have no idea what people's problem is. The neck is smooth and fast. I had a mexi-jazz before this and its such a huge upgrade. Even the pickups themselves just feel more comfortable to play on.
I can't give it a complete 10 because when I turn down the top pickup volume, I get a high frequency noise that isn't audible until I hit on an overdrive. It's not a huge deal but it does drive me a little nuts. Otherwise I love this bass.
It is made in Japan, so considering that, this bass is awesome. I've never played an american jazz, yet, but I love this geddy bass.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tucson Gospel

By JAMES HOWARD

from Tucson, AZ

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Comments about Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass:

I purchased this Bass as Used, it was rated as excellent and it was exactly that.
Beautiful workmanship finished to the best possible to achieve.
I played it against my standard Fender Jazz Bass I've had for seven years
and it has an excellent full rich bottom sound.
A fine Japanese quality product.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

New Color but Same Bass

By RushFan1000

from Buffalo NY

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Comments about Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass:

This bass is the same signature bass as Geddy's black bass but in a different color (Fender's classic sunburst). I like it just as much as the black one I have. (They are expensive but worth the price, excellently made). I tried it out at the store and it sounds just like the black one as well.I just wish Fender would have made it Red. Geddy uses a red colored jazz bass that looks a lot like his signature bass. He used it mainly for the Vapor Trails tour but he still takes it out once and a while.

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