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Old 07-24-2013, 01:12 PM   #1
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Geddy Lee tone?

I have a Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar bass with an Acoustic 800W 6-band EQ with a 450W 115 cab. Give me advice of how to get closer to a Geddy Lee-esque tone using just the 6-band EQ. I don't need it exact, so telling me to buy new equipment is useless to me. I just want some EQ advice. Something like off the 'Signals' album.
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:23 PM   #2
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This already has been covered in many, many threads. But as I understood from the previous discussions, EQ is not enough. The big part of his sound is overdrive and his technique. Try a pre-amp, such as a Sansamp Bass Driver. AFAIK, Geddy uses (or used) a Sansamp RBI.

Also, it's harder to get his tone, because he uses a Jazz Bass with 2 singles, not a Jaguar.

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Old 07-24-2013, 01:34 PM   #3
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Fresh roundwound lighter gauge strings, both pick-ups up full, boost your upper mids (around 1.5-2kHz). Play hard over the neck pick-up. That's the best you can do. It absolutely won't get you there, but it will get you the same sort of vibe. His signal chain is insane, and he has a very distinctive technique, you could spend your entire life trying to get close to it and still get nowhere.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:16 PM   #4
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Fresh roundwound lighter gauge strings, both pick-ups up full, boost your upper mids (around 1.5-2kHz). Play hard over the neck pick-up. That's the best you can do. It absolutely won't get you there, but it will get you the same sort of vibe. His signal chain is insane, and he has a very distinctive technique, you could spend your entire life trying to get close to it and still get nowhere.


^This. Geddy Lee has been at this for a long time, and his rigs have changed over the years. He went from Ampeg SVTs to Sunn Coliseum Bass amps to a preamp with a BGW750 power amp to his current rackmount setup, which he has used for at least 15 years now. And recently he has endorsed Orange 200-watt bass amps, though I don't know to what degree he actually uses them.

Lee switched from a SansAmp RBI rackmount bass preamp to a SansAmp RPM rackmount preamp "to get more distortion," as he has remarked in interviews. His signal chain in the studio is the same one he uses live (save for the wireless transmitter used live but not in the studio). Basically, his Fender Jazz bass goes into a SansAmp RPM preamp, from there into two Avalon U5 microphone preamps, from there into a Palmer Speaker Simulator and then into the board. Effects, if any, are added at different stages according to how and where they sound best.

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That's not true.
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Hyperbole, etc. Just look at the people on YouTube who've bought all the gear he uses and sound nothing alike. Of all the tones you could try and achieve, his is way up there amongst the most ambitious.
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:03 AM   #7
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Alot of his sound is in his fingers. Enough said
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Alot of his sound is in his fingers. Enough said

This, equipment aside, Geddy Lee sounds like Geddy Lee. The right rig is only part of the equation.

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Something like off the 'Signals' album.

Keep in mind that (IIRC) he was using both a Fender Jazz and a Rickenbacker 4001 for Signals, and threw the Steinberger L2 in on the tour. 3 very different basses there.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:14 AM   #10
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I could almost swear that he's got some slight flanger on in some songs.
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