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The Geddy Lee Jazz


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I just played one of these in a store. The action was set absurdly low...but I couldn't believe how incredible the thing sounded and played. For $700? Wow.

 

Should I buy one? I've been meaning to pick up a Fender Jazz for awhile now, and I was very very impressed how good it sounded for the price.

 

Hmm...

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You should go for it.

 

What the...hey, cut that out!!!

 

I had the same experience: saw one in the store, played it, and obsolutely loved it. This was followed by a few months of the most acute GAS pains I have ever known in my whole life. Finally I got it (thanks to my wife!), and it has been my #1 bass. Wouldn't be without it.

 

I've done some mods to mine: black pickguard, DiMarzio Ultra Jazz pickups, push/pull pots for series/parallel, and chrome dome-shaped knurled knobs. Mind you, none of this was necessary. :o My wife insisted on replacing the pickguard :confused: ; I got a super-hot deal on the pickups, which add a bit of thickness & cancel hum (as I've mentioned, I'm usually a one-bass-per-set guy, so a thicker pickup helps me fake a P-bass sound when I want to); the new pots always sit in series mode anyway; & the knobs were just to go with the pickguard. But this is a bass that you could take off the wall & play dead stock for the rest of your days.

 

Can you do better than $700, though? I got mine for around $550, & Musicians Friend sells them for $630; but remember that those prices are without case (do you get a case for $700?), & I'm paying Wichita prices, not NYC prices.

 

I have also waxed eloquent here , among other places.

 

The cons: no case; glossy neck not for everyone; & truss rod adjustments require neck removal :freak: . That last one baffles me, but it's a small price to pay, & nothing the skillful use of a router couldn't fix in a jiffy.

 

Other than that, if you like a Jazz Bass, you should love this thing. (Tip: for the dcr-approved Sweetest Tone , try rolling the neck pickup back about 25%, & the tone back about 75%. Add nickel rounds of choice and ohhhh, yeah!)

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I played one in a store a few months back. I was imprssed, though that thin 70s neck is a bit too thin for my tastes. The action was wonderful, though, and the sound was out of this world.
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do it!

 

the reason for the obfuscated truss rod adjustment is that it's a reissue in the truest sense -- even the design decisions that were improved in later revisions remain in the reissue.

 

whoa, deja vu . whoa, deja vu .

 

the GL jazz -- one of the best deals in production basses!

 

robb.

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Do it Ben, do it. You know you want to. Give in to the power of your GAS. I did, and I'm a happy guy now. On the day shift at the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen... arrogantly twisting the sterile canvas snoot of a fully-charged icing anointment utensil. Every time a nice little muffin comes by on the belt, I poot forth. Oh no, wait, that's what happened when I hocked my imaginary guitar.

 

Seriously, I totally dig those basses. I was playing one about a month ago at Guitar Center and again marveling at how wonderful they are; especially at that price! I believe LizzyD has two of them! I know she has at least one. Hell, I'm tempted to buy one and I really have no need for another fretted jazz bass. Must.. resist... urge to buy... another bass.

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I've decided to sleep on it. The action was set rediculously low and the G string buzzed like crazy on the high frets, even after the salesperson adjusted it. When I asked him to raise it again he said "How close are you to buying this thing?" Ugh. Sam Ash. :rolleyes:

 

I'm gonna check with my friend at Guitar Center and see if they have any there. He can get it for me at cost, and he won't hassle me about multiple setup adjustments.

 

It did sound amazing though. Wow.

 

To be continued.

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Get it. I don't have one, but I like them. I built a jazz for myself and used a BadAss bridge, which is really the only modification. They play and sound great. everyone should have a Jazz in their arsenal.

 

I also finished my "P" bass last night. Love it.

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Sheesh...the thing comes with an allen wrench for the BadAss bridge saddles, couldn't the guy hand you the thing & let you adjust it? Still, buzzing up high usually means a tight truss rod, though, so a bridge adjustment might be only palliative. No biggie either way, though. But it sounds like you might owe it to yourself to shop around for one.

 

Steve--sounds like you owe us a thread! Pictures & everything!

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Originally posted by BenLoy:

I've decided to sleep on it.

Bad call. When confronted with exquisite new gear, never ponder, always buy. By postponing your inevitable "yes", you are only cheating yourself out of extra time spent on this wonderful new instrument. Plus, you're one heck of a guy, Ben. I can think of nobody on this forum more deserving of a Geddy Jazz.

 

I expect a full review by Thursday.

Ah, nice marmot.
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Originally posted by Scootdog:

By postponing your inevitable "yes", you are only cheating yourself out of extra time spent on this wonderful new instrument.

Hoo boy! Now that's how we play the devil's advocate, boys and girls.
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I absolutely LOVE mine!

 

I picked it up about two years ago, and when I first got it home, I had to adjust the action. The truss rod was cranked very tight. But after about six months of constant playing, the neck seemed to settle in and loosen up a bit. So I readjusted the action and tightened the truss rod again (not as tight as it was before, but close). It's been very stable since then.

 

Hey dcr, I've been considering some replacement pickups, mainly for hum-cancelling. I like the sound of the neck pickup by itself, but the single-coil noise is a bit much, especially when using distortion. Did you try anything else before you got the DiMarzio Ultra Jazz pickups? And how significant is the tonal difference between those and the stock pickups? I'm very satisfied with the tone I'm getting now, except for the noise of course.

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Bad call. When confronted with exquisite new gear, never ponder, always buy. By postponing your inevitable "yes", you are only cheating yourself out of extra time spent on this wonderful new instrument. Plus, you're one heck of a guy, Ben. I can think of nobody on this forum more deserving of a Geddy Jazz.

 

I expect a full review by Thursday

I just spoke with my friend at Guitar Center. He's ordering one for me from one of their other stores, no risk to myself. It should be there by Saturday.

 

If I try it and like it, he can sell it to me for a very, very low (cost) price. Score. :love:

 

See? Sleeping on it has its advantages. :D

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Pumpcat, I've been very happy with the DiMarzio Ultras. They eliminated the hum, without (to my ears) changing the basic sound of the bass, which was a huge plus for me too since I fell in love with the stock sound, after all. Humcancelling is a big bonus, since pickup volume adjustments are the second most important factor for me in J-bass tone shaping (hands are first). You might want to A/B wiring them in series & parallel; the series is thicker, like a true humbucker, & seems to cut a little better than stock, while the parallel sounds (again, to my ears) a lot like stock/single-coil (without the hum). However, this is the only pickup swap I've ever done, so be sure to do a search on this, for lots of info on the Ultra Jazz, competitors, & the BP shootout.

 

Scoot, you trying to put us philosophers out of business? That was just frickin beautiful, man! :thu:

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I've given some (casual) thought to putting flatwounds on the Geddy Lee Jazz...thoughts?

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dcr, in times like these you must ask yourself "What Would Geddy Do?"

 

Just put down the flats and back away slowly.

Nothing is as it seems but everything is exactly what it is - B. Banzai

 

Life is what happens while you are busy playing in bands.

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Originally posted by Bumpcity:

On the day shift at the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen... arrogantly twisting the sterile canvas snoot of a fully-charged icing anointment utensil. Every time a nice little muffin comes by on the belt, I poot forth. Oh no, wait, that's what happened when I hocked my imaginary guitar.

:D:D:D:D:D

 

ZAPPA!!!!

 

i was thinking of posting that on some other thread. lol

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Originally posted by SteveC:

I also finished my "P" bass last night. Love it.

Can we get some Pics???
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Originally posted by dcr:

Not to highjack, but I've given some (casual) thought to putting flatwounds on the Geddy Lee Jazz...thoughts?

Bad call. You should go out today, buy an old P and put flats on it instead. ;)
Ah, nice marmot.
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