Fender Updates Geddy Lee and Steve Harris Signature Basses

Rush’s Geddy Lee and Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris are having their Fender signature models spruced up for 2015. Each of the signature models have been around for years but will be getting new specs and features.

Fender USA Geddy Lee Jazz Bass

The USA Geddy Lee Jazz Bass is getting more of an update between the two. “[It] is a new version that combines the specs and features of Lee’s three favorite basses—two Fender Custom Shop versions of his signature model and the original sleek black ’72 Jazz Bass that Rush’s revered bassist/ vocalist has riffed away on in front of millions of devoted fans worldwide and on many a mega-selling album,” Fender states.

As a result, the neck has a thicker custom profile and is topped with a maple fingerboard decorated with white binding and pearloid block inlays. Other features include a pair of vintage-style single-coil custom jazz bass pickups, vintage-style reverse tuning machines, and a Geddy Lee Signature High-Mass bridge.

Steve Harris’s signature Precision Bass now comes in a gloss white finish with special pinstriping, a mirrored pickguard, and a West Ham United F.C. Crest on the body. It’s built with a 2-piece maple body matched with a maple neck and fingerboard. Fender fits the bass with a Seymour Duncan Steve Harris SPB-4 pickup. Hardware includes ’70s style Schaller tuners, flat-top knurled chrome control knobs, and a Fender high-mass bridge.

Fender Steve Harris Precision Bass

The Fender USA Geddy Lee Jazz Bass will be available in March with a street price of $1,599 while the Steve Harris Precision Bass will hit stores in February for $999.

Fender USA Geddy Lee Jazz Bass Specs:

Body Material:Alder
Body Finish:Gloss Polyurethane
Body Shape:Jazz Bass
Pickups:Custom Voiced American Vintage ’70s Geddy Lee
Controls:Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone
Bridge:Geddy Lee High Mass Bridge
Hardware Finish:Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines:Vintage-Style Open-Back
Pickguard:4-Ply Aged White Pearloid
Control Knobs:Vintage Style Black Plastic Jazz Bass
Neck Plate:4-Bolt
Neck Material:Maple
Neck Finish:Hand Rubbed Oil on Back, Gloss Urethane on Front
Neck Shape:Custom Thick “C”
Scale Length:34″ (864 mm)
Fingerboard Material:Maple
Fingerboard Radius:9.5″ (241 mm)
Number of Frets:20
Fret Size:Medium Jumbo
Nut Material:Bone
Nut Width:1.5″ (38.1 mm)
Position Inlays:Pearloid Block
Truss Rod:Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
Case/Gig Bag:ABS Molded

Fender Steve Harris Precision Bass Specs:

Body Material:2-Piece Maple
Body Finish:Gloss Polyester
Body Shape:Precision Bass
Pickup:Seymour Duncan Steve Harris Signature P-Bass SPB-4
Controls:Master Volume, Master Tone
Bridge:Fender High Mass
Hardware Finish:Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines:Fender ’70s Vintage-Style Stamped Open-Gear
Pickguard:1-Ply Chrome
Control Knobs:Knurled Flat-Top
Switch Tip:Aged White
Neck Plate:4-Bolt
Neck Material:Maple
Neck Finish:Gloss Urethane
Neck Shape:“U” Shape
Scale Length:34″ (864 mm)
Fingerboard Material:Maple
Fingerboard Radius:7.25″ (184.1 mm)
Number of Frets:20
Fret Size:Jumbo
Nut Material:Synthetic Bone
Nut Width:1.615″ (41.02 mm)
Position Inlays:Black Dot
Other Features:Pinstriped Body with Westham United F.C. Crest, Dunlop 6100 Frets, Black Synthetic Bone Nut, Darker Tint on Headstock
Case/Gig Bag:Deluxe Gig Bag

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  1. deman

    Ok and this why i hate fender and gibson any more the old steve harris was a killer bass with nice looks this new one complete junk and looks as bad as it plays just took possession of my new moniker bye bye fender

  2. Chris

    The Geddy Lee Bass was made in Japan for years. Like many Japanese products, production was moved to China, Indonesia, and in this case Mexico. I’d bet money the quality control can’t make the thinner neck of this Japanese G. Lee bass…reliably. So they made it thicker and tried spinning it as improved. Sounds like the other bass in this listing may be a downgrade too. Just my .02 after watching this trend for decades in many industries.

  3. Vincent

    This is why I just bought a blue MIM standard P Bass that will eventually evolve into a sparkle finish and one piece gloss maple neck with 70s logo and badass ii bridge with the Steve Harris pick-up and 50s style 10 hole mirror pickguard so it looks more like the 09 model. I hate it when companies like Fender not only change the models, but change the country of manufacture to an inferior one, i.e. Japan to Mexico.