Geddy Lee's Bass Guitar Collection Is Getting a Museum Exhibit

It's coming to Calgary's National Music Centre

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Apr 29, 2019

Last year, Geddy Lee explored his sizable collection of bass guitars in Big Beautiful Book of Bass. Now, the Rush frontman is set to exhibit some of his instruments at Calgary's National Music Centre.

Coinciding with a cross-Canada tour of the aforementioned book, Lee will showcase a selection of his basses at the NMC's Studio Bell as part of "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Bass Exhibit."

Running from May 26 to January 2, 2020, the Beautiful Bass Exhibit will allow visitors to get a look at some of Lee's iconic instruments from four decades of playing with Rush, in addition to a few historically significant and collectors' items.

Speaking of what will be featured, Lee offered in a statement, "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."

Highlights include Lee's Rickenbacker 4001, his signature 1972 Fender Jazz bass, a 1961 Höfner "Cavern" bass identical to Paul McCartney's signature instrument and many more.

Lee added that "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."

You can find a complete list of dates for Lee's book tour here.

Rush recently announced plans to chronicle the creation of their A Farewell to Kings album in a new graphic novel.

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