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Old 16th June 2011
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Or better yet: split the signal from the preamp out sending one feed to the compressor and one straight to tape squashing the compressed one pretty good for a parallel-compressed tone that is beefy but still retains dynamics.
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I did a lot of cherry picking and settled on a MIM Jazz bass. It sounded better than any Geddy Lee I tried in stores.
You got very lucky if it's indeed the case, or it's only your own preference, but it's certainly not the norm, and that's a fact.

Old 17th June 2011
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You got very lucky if it's indeed the case, or it's only your own preference, but it's certainly not the norm, and that's a fact.

Lucky is right and it's got nothing to do with whether or not it is MIM or a Geddy Lee model. The resonance of the wood in the neck and body play a big part in the sound of a guitar. It either has it or it doesn't - no amount of changing pickups, strings, et al will make a dud bass sound like one with lively sounding wood.

My MIM Jazz plays and sounds beautiful. When I first played it, it wasn't even plugged in and I could hear the sound of the thing. It has this aggressive bark with solid fundamental, esp when playing slap-n-pop. Rush's "YYZ" is my acid test for playability on a bass guitar.

In my hunt for a spare to this thing, I tried a LOT of fender basses including the Geddy Lee Jazz. It took seven years to find a spare with similar sound and playability.
Old 17th June 2011
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I have both, a mim and a Geddy Lee, and the, made in Jaoan, Geddy is vastly superior in every way

Feels better, sounds better, better made, etc

I changed the pick ups to Seymour Duncan Antiquity II's and it now sounds incredibly close to an original early 60's jazz , which to me is the goal.
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