Okay, after reading yet another post on another forum about getting Geddy Lee's tone, I just had to post this. Most of the older guys and gals here probably already know this though. IF YOU WANT TO TRY AND EMULATE ANY FAMOUS PLAYERS TONE, ESPECIALLY THE LEGENDS, LOOK NO FURTHER THEN A STUDIO QUALITY PRE-AMP/EQ AND A P BASS, J BASS, DANELECTRO 6 STRING BASS OR RICKENBACKER. And then, don't expect to ever really get their tone. Just about every bass player from the 1960's was recorded direct, through a studio provided pre-amp or for the west coasters Fender bassman amps with mics. Read about Motown's Studio A and the hand built pre-amp that everyone recorded through. Or Carol Kaye and Joe Osborn in LA. Or Chuck Rainey and crew in NYC. Pretty much most, if not all, direct. And, of course, to this day, 99% of the recording studios expect a player to bring, or have on site, a P or J bass that they all just about force you to record with. Listen to any Cheap Trick record. With the exception of Live at Budokhan, you will not hear any 12 string bass. P bass. Jamerson, Palladino, Kaye, Rainey, Sklar, Glaub, yada yada, all P bass. Geddy, Squire, McCartney, most British Punks, all Rickenbackers or P basses. Nashville? Usually P bass doubled with the Dano or Tic-Tac bass. So, tone is all in the players hands, fingers, picks and palms. So, forget what you read in the magazines, as the stage rig is what you usually get as their "gear." And live, none of them sound like the albums because they have FOH sound guys making the room or stadium balanced. My best example is to listen to The Jam, and Listen to the first Jam album and then the last. If you are an expert, you can hear the difference between Foxton's Rickenbacker on the early stuff and his P bass on the later stuff. But, you will see, they both sound incredibly similar, if not the same. Basically same studio engineers and Foxton listening to play back and helping adjust. Sorry if this bursts anyones bubble, but I hate seeing people asking what equipment to buy to get "XYZ" tone, and wasting money in the long run. Go play and buy the bass that sings in your hands and talks to you. Then develop your own sound.