#1
Why does Geddy Lee from Rush now play his signature Fender Basses instead of the Rickenbackers he used to play. They soundes a million times better. Just listen to Red Barchetta.
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#2
Well he plays his signature basses, because there his signature basses, de de de
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#6
He doesn't play his signature basses... he plays a 1973 J bass that he's been playing on and off since at least the Moving Pictures era.

And on Moving Pictures he used a combination of the J Bass and the Ric, and I'd put money that you can't guess which one he used on which song.
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#8
I don't think he'd kill you...

But you probably wouldn't get any information out of him either unless you arrange a proper interview, which would be almost impossible.

heh.
#9
I'm thinking he loves the money he's making from Fender buy playing one of their models. Also, there's the slight fact that it's his signature guitar.
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#10
yea, they made a signature Geddy Lee bass so Angus young could learn to play you noobs. ive heard hes loving it.
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#11
Thinking about it further, i'm almost positive that Red Barchetta itself was recorded on the J Bass. I know Tom Sawyer and YYZ were.
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#13
Why is he playing Fender Jazzes?

Maybe, just maybe, he prefers the tone. In fact, not just that, he's said he finds them infinitely more comfortable than Rickenbackers. Shit, man.
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#14
Because he's rich enough that he can, idiot.
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#18
geddy Played the Jazz bass on everything on Moving Pictures except Red Barchetta and The Camera Eye. I'm pretty sure that Rickenbacker Would make him a signature bass if he asked nicely.
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#19
You really think theres that big a difference in tone between basses and it's not just that he used a different amp or processed it differently. Either way Geddy's one of the greatest bassists alive today, so I wouldn't question his choices. J-basses are so comfortable, that I'd take one over a Ric any day.
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#21
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exactly.
red barchetta is one of rush's very best songs too. i love the bass in that song.
#22
my bad, i must have been mistaken, and clearly i underestimated you threadstarter.

Personally, i like the J tone as much as the Ric, and if it's easier, and more comfortable... then that's all there is to it.

I don't think that the fact that Fender has a sig has a ton to do with it.... since he doesn't play the sig, and the sig isn't made in america anyways.
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#23
He's played a lot of things since the Ricky. Rush is a prog band. They progress. Can't use the same bass for 33 years and progress musically as much as Rush have. Best. Band. Ever.
#24
maybe he uses the bass that he likes?

im pretty sure that no one is going to make Geddy Lee use a bass unless he wants to use it.
#26
I think the reason he switched was because the sound of the band was changing and the Ric no longer suited it. he was going through a series of differnt basses (including a Steinburger, a couple Fenders, a Wal, and a few I can't name) and ended up taking a could Fenders, and making his own. He used the body from one year, the neck from another, and I forget what the pickups came from, but it because what it is now. They made a sig based on it and he gets money. Etc.
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#27
He probably gets money every time he uses one in public. Kind of like Britney Spears got in a bunch of trouble for drinking Coke.
#28
Yeah I'm just saying doesn't anyone think his tone with the rick was better than the tone he has now with the sig basses? I find its too trebly.
#29
I thought Vapor Trails had pretty good bass tone, and that's the latest album. Sounds good to me. It blends very well with the songs too. Also, I think the Ric is ugly.