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Fender Custom Shop Unveils New Limited Geddy Lee 1972 Jazz Bass

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.

Fender Custom Shop Limited Geddy Lee 1972 Jazz Bass

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:

Color:Black
Body Material:Select Alder
Body Finish:Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Material:Maple
Neck Finish:Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape:Custom “C”
Neck Binding:1-Ply White
Scale Length:35″ (889 mm)
Fingerboard:Bound Maple
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
Pickup Configuration:SS
Bridge:Leo Quan Badass II
Hardware Finish:Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines:Vintage-Style Locking
Pickguard:3-Ply Pearloid
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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Blackie

Blackie

Why? Oh why, would ANY Musician worth his notes purchase a “signature” instrument? Be yourself…learn, grow and create. Stop this nonsense, the World needs original artists – not a boatload of copycats.

    Tim

    Tim

    And you need to go to your local (or anywhere) builder and get one built to your specs/preferences. A whole lot less than 8 grand.

    Ricardo

    Ricardo

    I agree with blackie. having owned many fenders in the past they are decent instrumens and some have a great sound. Once I went into a store in nyc which had about 15 vintage fenders on the wall. All of which had price tags simular to this gede bass. I spent an entire afternoon playing all of them and putting them up against a bass which I just purchased but had one week to return if I didn’t like it. I didn’t want to take every other bass players word for it and believe all the hype on vintage fenders I wanted to hear it for myself with my own hands and my own ears. In the end what I learned was not all instruments are created the same some sounded okay other sounded horrible but none sounded better than the bass I walked in with. I would spend 8000 on a bass but it better be the best damn bass I’ve ever heard. remember guys that’s a lot of money do your own research and make sure that bass sounds as good as you want it to sound for that kind of cash.

Charles walker

Charles walker

I asked the Fender CS about having one of these made back in 08 , was told msrp would be around 8g’s and I would probably pay 4500 – 5 grand

bvdon

bvdon

That price is absurd.

High Tech Bill

High Tech Bill

I would rather buy a Rickenbacker 4003 or find a vintage 4001 for 1/4 of the price of this thing.

Mike

Mike

I’ve seen RUSH 41 times. Geddy is at the top of my bass heroes list …..but 8k for a fender bass?!?
I guess for hi end collectors or Geddy himself only. I’d rather have a new bass built to my own specs at probably less than 1/2 that.

Ronald Tonelli

Ronald Tonelli

$8000… Insane!

Gary A.

Gary A.

The most I would pay for ANY bass is $1500…..end of story. I don’t care if Geddy would have built it himself. No way.

Dan Lowe

Dan Lowe

For the princely sum of $8,000 MSRP, Geddy Lee should personally deliver it to your door, play a few songs for you, autograph it, and throw in some VIP passes to the next Rush tour.

Even then, it is still a shocking price.

bobw

bobw

I know this is an old article, but I read the hatred and vitriol in the comments and I just had to comment. No one is making you buy this bass. That said, it is a hand-built, limited production replica almost certainly intended for collectors more than working musicians. A handful of Rush fans will buy these and hang them on display in their mancaves, pulling them down now and again and plugging them in to play a few notes and them replacing them on the wall. These basses are Rembrandts, or Mickey Mantle rookie cards, or the like, and will probably be worth much more than the 8,000 in 20 years or so; Fender does not expect 22 year-old bassists playing in bars to buy these Geddy Custom Shop basses.

Moe

Moe

If nobody wanted to spend $5 – 6 G’s on this bass than why did it sell out? Fender only made 50 of these which is an extremly low number. Chris Squier Rickenbacker 1000 made, Lemmy Rickenbacker 500 made. This bass will be worth 10Gs in 4 to 5 years when RUSH finally hangs it up (I hope it is longer than that). It will never be reissued and Geddy Lee is one of the most iconic bass players in modern rock history. Whoever had the opportunity to buy one and did, made a very smart move.

Eric Vassy

I love Geddy. I love Jazz basses… but $8K I can buy an AWESOME bass that will sound amazing… and a friggin motorcycle