When it comes to bass guitars, Rush vocalist and bassist Geddy Lee knows a thing or two. So much so, he is releasing a book showcasing his very collection of basses and will also be telling the stories behind them.
The book will be called Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book Of Bass, and will be published on December 4th through Harper Collins. Lee will explore the history of the Bass guitar, and will feature contributions from vintage expert Terry Foster and his lifelong bandmate Alex Lifeson.
Lee explained: “It’s not surprising that sooner or later I’d dive down the proverbial rabbit hole into the world of vintage bass guitars.”
The description of Lee’s book says: “From Rush frontman Geddy Lee’s personal collection of vintage electric bass guitars, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s, comes the definitive volume on the subject.
“For the past seven years, Geddy’s dedicated himself to studying the history of the instrument that’s been so essential to his career, collecting hundreds of basses from around the globe, 250 of which are presented here in breathtaking detail with specially commissioned photography by Richard Sibbald.
“Representing every tone in the bass palette, every nuance of the rock and roll genre as well as blues, jazz, pop, and country, this one-of-a-kind collection features so-called ‘beauty queens’ – pristine instruments never lifted from their cases – as well as ‘road warriors’ – well-worn, sweat-soaked basses that proudly show their age and use.
“Complete with personal commentary from Geddy that showcases his knowledge both as a musician and an aficionado, this luxuriously produced volume is a revelatory look at the heavy hitters in the world of bass-Fender, Gibson/Epiphone, Rickenbacker, Höfner, Ampeg-and lesser known but influential global luthiers such as Antonio Wandr Pioli, Dan Armstrong, and Tony Zemaitis.”
Also included in the book, an intimate look at the instrument’s Lee used during Rush’s final R40 tour, as well as interviews with artists that include: John Paul Jones, Adam Clayton, Robert Trujillo, Bill Wyman, Les Claypool and Bob Daisley.