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Which Geddy Lee bass tone do you prefer, distorted or clean?


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#1 fraroc

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 11:10 AM

For me personally, I think Geddy's bass playing style works good for both sounds. You can clearly indentify Geddy's stule in both tones. Either the poppy, clean Wal and Steinberger bass sound or the gritty, distorted, almost Lemmy Kilmeister-esque sound of the Ricky and the Fender Jazz.

In terms of what I personally prefer, as I'm more partial to 80s Rush, I gotta go with the clean tone, especially with the Wal.

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 11:24 AM

The black Wal is just a rubber band. The red one was much better. especially on live bootlegs.

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 11:31 AM

Huh, well, I'm partial to the '80s stuff, but I also prefer the fuzzed out bass, so . . . .

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 09:00 PM

Nova, you can like both!

I prefer the Ric and the Jazz. I found the red Wal to be the least appealing.

Also, the Precision on Roll the Bones on the R40 tour should be mentioned.

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 05:56 AM

View Postfraroc, on 20 July 2019 - 11:10 AM, said:

For me personally, I think Geddy's bass playing style works good for both sounds. You can clearly indentify Geddy's stule in both tones. Either the poppy, clean Wal and Steinberger bass sound or the gritty, distorted, almost Lemmy Kilmeister-esque sound of the Ricky and the Fender Jazz.

In terms of what I personally prefer, as I'm more partial to 80s Rush, I gotta go with the clean tone, especially with the Wal.

Yeah, Geddy Lee was trying to match Lemmy’s bass tone. :lol:


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Posted 21 July 2019 - 06:57 AM

View Post78jazz, on 20 July 2019 - 09:00 PM, said:

Nova, you can like both!

Drat!  Okay, if we're just talking bass tones, it's the Rick for me. Plus, it just has that classic "look" that my mind's eye summons up when I think of Geddy.

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 07:27 AM

The Taurus bass pedals tone by Geddy is my favorite.

No one else steps on those pedals like he does to get that sound.

Edited by RushFanForever, 21 July 2019 - 07:27 AM.


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Posted 21 July 2019 - 07:54 AM

View PostTony R, on 21 July 2019 - 05:56 AM, said:

View Postfraroc, on 20 July 2019 - 11:10 AM, said:

For me personally, I think Geddy's bass playing style works good for both sounds. You can clearly indentify Geddy's stule in both tones. Either the poppy, clean Wal and Steinberger bass sound or the gritty, distorted, almost Lemmy Kilmeister-esque sound of the Ricky and the Fender Jazz.

In terms of what I personally prefer, as I'm more partial to 80s Rush, I gotta go with the clean tone, especially with the Wal.

Yeah, Geddy Lee was trying to match Lemmy’s bass tone. :lol:

I know you're being sarcastic, but you can't deny how heavy Ged's bass tone got in those 2000s-2010s tours where he played nothing except his Jazz. It almost does sound Lemmy-esque at times.

You can tell that was his favorite tone though, as he tried to replicate it on the various other basses he played on R40, such as the Thunderbird, the Les Paul bass, and even the Canora bass from the 60s.

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 08:29 AM

Geddy's got nothing on melodic777.

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 08:35 AM

I will further say this: you lot know much more about Geddy's gear than I do, and I bow to your superior knowledge and discretion! :notworthy:

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 09:13 AM

View PostNova Carmina, on 21 July 2019 - 08:35 AM, said:

I will further say this: you lot know much more about Geddy's gear than I do, and I bow to your superior knowledge and discretion! :notworthy:
You don't really need to know that stuff to know what tone you like the best. Your ears and brain will tell you what you like.

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 09:17 AM

View PostNova Carmina, on 21 July 2019 - 08:35 AM, said:

I will further say this: you lot know much more about Geddy's gear than I do, and I bow to your superior knowledge and discretion! :notworthy:

Although I suck at playing (mostly because I'm too busy with IRL stuff to practice), I am a bit of gearhead ;)

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 11:42 AM

View Postsnowdogged, on 21 July 2019 - 09:13 AM, said:

View PostNova Carmina, on 21 July 2019 - 08:35 AM, said:

I will further say this: you lot know much more about Geddy's gear than I do, and I bow to your superior knowledge and discretion! :notworthy:
You don't really need to know that stuff to know what tone you like the best. Your ears and brain will tell you what you like.

And that's why I went ahead and had my say, but I certainly couldn't fake my through a conversation about Geddy's basses for very long!

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 07:01 PM

View PostReRushed, on 21 July 2019 - 08:29 AM, said:

Geddy's got nothing on melodic777.
:lol:

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 07:01 PM

Don't really like his tone all that much actually. I guess it all can't be like Leave That Think Alone or The Main Monkey Business.

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 08:04 PM

I will say that the one problem I had with the modern bass tone was that it always sounded very weird when it came to the 80s songs. Listen to Clockwork Angels Live and you'll definitely hear what I mean

The Lemmy tone+songs from Power Windows doesnt really go well

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 09:16 PM

I love the Ricky

But the Wal was perfect for PoW.

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:30 PM

Love Geddy on the bass to whichever sound he uses at the time, he still makes me swoon with music that he plays...alongside with Neil and Alex!!

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 07:30 PM

The one from ASOH video.

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 06:54 AM






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