So Why? (Rush Content...)

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  1. Tele-beeb

    Tele-beeb Friend of Leo's

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    There’s a bit of a longer story leading up to the question, but, for the short of it...
    Why would Geddy go from the Rickenbacker 4001 to a Fender Jazz?
    I’m sure there’s a story, but, you guys probably know better :)
     
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    Don't forget the Steinberger phase
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    Because the ric is an engineering disaster!

    Has a distinct sound but very fickle (second hand knowledge)
     
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    I’m almost thinking that’s the phase I might want to forget ;)
     
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    Wasn’t the Steinberger phase around the time of Power Windows? Ought to go refamiliarize myself with that. I suspect if I’m turned off, it will be other production elements besides the bass tone.
     
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    I can’t decide between Steely Dan, Kings X or Bill Frisell.
     
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    Because a Jazz is a very comfortable and durable bass to play and can produce great sounds?
     
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    Lemmy also wonders why
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    4001: the coolest bass ever made.
    (I have no real input)
     
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    As I recall, he said the Steinberger had a lot to do with all the keyboards and stands around him at the time.

    Don't forget the Wal bass:

    https://www.rush.com/gear/wal-bass/
     
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    I’ve read/heard a lot about the engineering nightmare that the Ric presents, but having played one for 25+ years, I can comment.

    I picked mine up used for a song when it was @ 10 years old and the truss rods were broken. I had them replaced and they literally never required another tweak...I literally put that guitar in it’s case tuned to pitch in Pennsylvania and got it out 6 weeks later in Hong Kong and it was as still in tune and the neck was still straight as when it went in. Mine holds it’s tuning very well, though the bridge and tuners are Bada$$ and Gotoh, respectively, and at just 8&1/4 pounds, it’s pretty easy on the back, too.

    Sadly, my Rick was highly modified when I got it, so I’m not really sure I’d claim it sounds like a “Good Ric” should, but it does sound great.

    I am a “Radio Fan” of Rush, but kinda thought he went from a jazz, to a Ric, to the Wal, to headless, and finally back to the Jazz. I would not mind at all if someone here could correct or confirm that story.
     
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    I was somewhat joking... if anything really does slow me down on that period it’s clearly not the bass. True. More the lyrics took a turn that didn’t appeal to me as much. The drums and guitar were still super.
     
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    Agreement
     
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    Because GAS
     
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    Apparently the Steinberger phase was ‘82-‘86, and he was still using the Rick live for songs from the Rick Era:
    https://www.rush.com/gear/steinberger-l2/
     
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    He had lots to choose from. They experimented a LOT.

    I think he just happened across the 70s Jazz bass in a shop somewhere and liked it...then found that it worked in the band mix.
     
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    Anyone interested in Rush or bass should buy Geddy’s Big Beautiful Book Of Bass. https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780062747839/geddy-lees-big-beautiful-book-of-bass/

    My wife - a longtime Rush fan - has a copy signed by Geddy. It is jammed full of pictures of his collection and stories about why he bought them, what he uses them for etc. Inspired by his favourite Jazz Bass he has set himself the target of owning one Jazz Bass from each year of production. The book is fantastic (I’ve read more of it than my wife has!).
     
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    The opening notes and intro of 2112 make me like the Ric even more. It almost “says” the notes rather than plays them.
    I think I was barely out of middle school the first time I heard that... maybe it’s just nostalgia from a simpler time... but, nothing breaks the synthesized darkness like those notes on that bass.
     
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    Possibly due to Geddy's little girly hands; he's not exactly a big guy. The Jazz Bass neck is fairly narrow compared to most other basses.
     
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