Fender’s Custom Shop has taken all of the aspects of Geddy Lee’s famous 1972 Jazz bass and created a Limited Edition Geddy Lee Jazz replica. Every detail was considered, from the neck shape, wiring, pickups – even the wear and tear.
Sometime around 1977, Lee purchased the bass from a pawnshop in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for $200. That instrument went on to take a pretty significant place in rock and roll history, as Lee used it on Rush’s 1981 mega-hit, Moving Pictures. He recorded including “Vital Signs”, “Witch Hunt”, “Limelight” and “Tom Sawyer” using that bass, and the instrument also made an appearance on the music videos for “Limelight” and Vital Signs”.
Lee played the bass sparingly in the ’80s after Moving Pictures, but returned to it in 1993 with the album Counterparts. As noted in the Rush documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage, Counterparts engineer Kevin “the Caveman” Shirley insisted that Lee return to the Jazz bass and the band return to its power trio roots. Lee has since used the bass as his main one on subsequent albums and tours.
Lee’s bass is now on its third neck, which was created by Fender’s Custom Shop and features white binding. Pearl inlays have replaced the original black ones, and the neck is fitted with the original tuners, bushings and string tree. Lee requested the back of the neck have an oil finish instead of a a poly finish, because it is smoother and faster. All of his touring basses are now set up this way as well.
The new Fender replica bass bass carries an MSRP of $8,000. Street prices aren’t yet known.
Fender Limited Geddy Lee 1972 Jazz Bass Specs:
|Body Material:||Select Alder|
|Body Finish:||Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Neck Finish:||Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Neck Shape:||Custom “C”|
|Neck Binding:||1-Ply White|
|Scale Length:||35″ (889 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5″ (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||20|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|Nut Width:||1.5″ (38.1 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Mother-of-Pearl Block|
|Bridge Pickup:||Custom '75 Hand-Wound Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom '75 Hand-Wound Single-Coil Jazz Bass|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone|
|Bridge:||Leo Quan Badass II|
|Tuning Machines:||Vintage-Style Locking|
|Other Features:||White Fingerboard Binding with White Pearloid Block Position Markers, Bone Nut, Limited Edition Engraved 4-Bolt “F” Neck Plate, ’70s Jazz Bass Headstock Perimeter, Bridge Pickup in Mid ’70s Location 1/4″ Closer to the Bridge, Modified Jazz Bass Wiring using a .022uF Capacitor Instead of a Traditional .05uF, Dunlop Dual Design Straplock on Upper Horn, Dunlop Original Straplock on Bottom, 3 Large Jazz Bass Knobs|
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