#1
I just saw the Rush in rio DVD and they sound great, but does anyone know how to get the geddy's sound like this concert? after getting a good jazz bass.
#3
^No. He gets his treble by plucking (with his fingers) very hard near the bridge. He uses both p/ups.

Ged uses Avalon U5 preamps and speaker emulators through the PA for Rush in Rio, and he has for quite some time.

In the 70s and 80s, he used Ampegs.
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#4
He also uses distortion, though not to a really "noticible" extent. Just an ever so slight amount to give that bite/clank to his tone. I think he bi-amps too, or at least did at one point.

No amount of gear or advice will get you to sound EXACTLY like Geddy though. That man's hands are more gifted than a saint's.

Also, the washing machines might add something to it...
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#5
It's got to be nearly impossible to get the Geddy tone. But to give you an idea of how to be close, scoop your mids almost completely, bi-amp, lots of tone knob, lean toward the bridge pup, and pluck as hard as you can. His bi-amping signal is one very dirty and one clean.
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#6
Ah yes. The "warm, dry sound" of his Maytags.

Seriously, that distortion CBurtonIsKing is talking about is natural tube overdrive of his pre-amps.
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Ah yes. The "warm, dry sound" of his Maytags.

Seriously, that distortion CBurtonIsKing is talking about is natural tube overdrive of his pre-amps.


Really? I could swear i read in an interview that he adds on a touch of distortion...ah well your probably right.
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#8
that title is a bit off...

does anyone know rush...heheh
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He also uses distortion, though not to a really "noticible" extent. Just an ever so slight amount to give that bite/clank to his tone. I think he bi-amps too, or at least did at one point.

No amount of gear or advice will get you to sound EXACTLY like Geddy though. That man's hands are more gifted than a saint's.

Also, the washing machines might add something to it...


The amps are just for show. The washing machines are the true source of his sound and tone.
#10
@ CBurtonIsKing: You might've read the one where he talks about the growling in By-Tor and The Snow Dog. He distorted the crap out of his bass for that.

@ BubbaBassGuitar: Geez, I wish.
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@ BubbaBassGuitar: Geez, I wish.


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#12
He also uses a SansAmp RBI, that gives him alot of his distortion. If you goto www.bassplayer.tv you can watch an interview with Geddy's sound tech and he shows you his entire rig, tells you what each thing is aswell. Plus you get to see every Jazz bass Geddy has haha.
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#13
Including fretted and fretless Jaco Pastorius Tribute models. Saints on a stick.

Geddy uses some funky right hand technique with his nails, where (I think) he plucks normally, and then strums out with his nail. I think.

But don't forget that massive amounts of headroom will aid his tonal cause in a live scenario. Things sound better loud.
#14
He only uses the sansamp now running througha power amp now, doesnt he. Im pretty sure he does.
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#16
People always seem to get this wrong.
You need a jazz (preferably with old style pickup spacing), brand new rotosound strings, and a sansamp (or any distortion pedal with a blend)
You need to play hard in between the two pickups on the jazz, with both pickups set to full (not over the bridge pup and not with just the bridge pickup on).
A very low action if preferred as he has his just on the verge of fretbuzz.
You need to set up you distortion pedal so you have the high frequencies distorted (but not so much it makes it harsh), and blend this with the original signal.

He has also stated himself in interviews that the pickups in his bass has been wired differently. he has never given details though.

Do keep in mind that he uses a LOT of expensive equipment in his signal chain so you are not gonna get it perfect.

Hope this helps.

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He only uses the sansamp now running througha power amp now, doesnt he. Im pretty sure he does.


there is a video on bassplayertv that is of russ ryan (his bass tech) going through his rig. He has some nice stuff in there.

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He only uses the sansamp now running througha power amp now, doesnt he. Im pretty sure he does.

Yeah, thats what ive heard, thats why he has washing machines/ovens/fridges behind him
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