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Geddy Lee's collection of bass guitars will be on display in new museum exhibit

The National Music Centre will host 26 instruments selected by the Rush frontman.

The National Music Centre will host 26 instruments selected by the Rush frontman

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Rush's Geddy Lee is one of Canada's most famous bass players and soon, fans will be able to see a part of his extensive bass collection on display at the National Music Centre's Studio Bell in Calgary, Alta. 

Starting May 26, the NMC will host Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Bass Exhibit, marking the first time this show will be in Canada after its run at Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It will include 26 instruments selected by Lee, and this new run will coincide with Lee's cross-Canada book tour for Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass

"The instruments featured at Studio Bell are a combination of rare vintage basses from the Golden Age of guitar production, as well as significant ones that I've used throughout my career. Basses that I've scoured the world to get my hands on," Lee said in a press release. "This exhibition gives people a look into the origins and the earliest years of the instrument that helped shape popular music, and the ones that I've lovingly held in my hands for over 40 years as I developed a sound that I could call my own. It's the largest display of basses from my personal collection ever and I'm excited to share this with my fans in Canada." 

Included in this exhibit will be Lee's Rickenbacker 4001 which was used on a number of Rush records from the '70s and '80s, the 1972 Fender Jazz he used on "Tom Sayer" and a 1961 Höfner "Cavern" bass, the same model that Paul McCartney played in the early days of the Beatles. 

Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Bass Exhibit runs from May 26 to Jan. 2, 2020. For more information about this, head over to the NMC website

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