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Needs Review Modulus Flea Bass 2-Tone Sunburst

Modulus Flea Bass 2-Tone Sunburst

One of Fleas Modulus basses. This is a 2 tone sunburst 4 string model with re... more

Needs Review Modulus Aboriginal Bass

Modulus Aboriginal Bass

One of Fleas modulus basses, this one has the aboriginal paint job At 2:... more

Fleabass

Fleabass

Flea's own line of bass guitars. Inspired by the look of Modulus basses, and ... more

Music Man Stingray 5

Music Man Stingray 5

Flea used this on "Funky Monks", "Under the Bridge" and "The Righteous and th... more

Amplifiers

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Gallien-Krueger 2001RB Amplifier Head

Gallien-Krueger 2001RB Amplifier Head

4:42 into this video explaining the guitars and amps Flea uses, his tech expl... more

Gallien-Krueger 410RBH 800W 4x10 Bass Cab with Horn

Gallien-Krueger 410RBH 800W 4x10 Bass Cab with Horn

At 5:07 into this video, Flea's bass tech Tracy Robar talks about the 4x10 an... more

Gallien-Krueger 115RBH 1x15 Bass Cab

Gallien-Krueger 115RBH 1x15 Bass Cab

At 5:07 into this rig rundown video, Flea's bass tech Tracy says Flea's GK am... more

Acoustic USA 360 Pre-Amplifier Head

Acoustic USA 360 Pre-Amplifier Head

Flea is shown here "planking" a top a set of Acoustic USA 360s and 361s. Acco... more

Effects Pedals

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Malekko B:Assmaster Distortion Pedal

Malekko B:Assmaster Distortion Pedal

5:38 into this video, Flea's tech talks about his Malekko B:ASSMASTER: "We ha... more

MXR M133 Micro Amp

MXR M133 Micro Amp

Flea uses the MXR M-133 Micro Amp Pedal as a clean boost when doing leads, or... more

Electro-Harmonix Original Q-Tron

Electro-Harmonix Original Q-Tron

At around 6:00 into this video, Flea's tech shows the Electro Harmonix Q Tron... more

Moog Moogerfooger MF-103 12-Stage Phaser

Moog Moogerfooger MF-103 12-Stage Phaser

6:15 into this rig rundown video, Flea's Moog MF-103 Moogerfooger 6/12 Stage ... more

Pianos

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Keyboards and Synthesizers

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Keyboards and synthesizers

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Microphones

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Studio Equipment

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Akai MPC 3000

Akai MPC 3000

In a Guitar Center interview conducted after Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californi... more

Radial Engineering JX44 Air Control Guitar Signal Manager

Radial Engineering JX44 Air Control Guitar Signal...

In this video Tracy Flea's tech says he uses this for long cable runs more

Music Accessories

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Dunlop Tortex Standard  0.6mm Guitar Picks

Dunlop Tortex Standard 0.6mm Guitar Picks

This article (originally sourced from Bass Player, but seemingly no longer in... more

Dad Country Leather Custom Guitar Strap

Dad Country Leather Custom Guitar Strap

In this picture the strap DCL made for Flea can be seen. Jonny Fritz who made... more

Ernie Ball Polypro Guitar Strap

Ernie Ball Polypro Guitar Strap

At around 1:23 in this clip from PinkPop 1990 you can clearly see flea using ... more

Strings

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GHS M3045F Flea Signature Bass Boomers Strings

GHS M3045F Flea Signature Bass Boomers Strings

The official GHS website shows Flea has his own signature set of bass strings... more

GHS Precision Flats Bass Guitar strings

GHS Precision Flats Bass Guitar strings

"Flea’s Gear Basses ’61 Fender Jazz and ’62 Fender Jazz, both with old flatw... more

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Needs Review Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphone

Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphone

In this photo posted by Flea, a pair of white Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphone... more

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Mesa Boogie 2x15 Road Ready Bass Cabinet

Mesa Boogie 2x15 Road Ready Bass Cabinet

Flea can be seen in this Chili Peppers live performance playing through Mesa ... more

Acoustic USA

Acoustic USA

Flea started to use those amps for the "I'm With You" lives. You can see them... more

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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, born Michael Peter Balzary, may change his hair color constantly, but he is pretty consistent when it comes to his bass guitar selections. Though he loves the sound of a wood bass for its warm sound, he enjoys touring with a graphite because it handles the constant fluctuations in temperature and humidity that his equipment undergoes during a tour.

Up until working on the album Californication, Flea stuck pretty steady to his Music Man Stingray. This is the bass guitar he used recording Freaky Styley. For The Uplift Mofo Party Plan and Mother’s Milk, Flea depended on a Spector. He played a Stingray five-string on Blood Sugar Sex Magik, as well as Wal Mach II. For One Hot Minute, Flea took to a Alembic Epic, and then switched to his current favorite, a signature model Modulus Guitar, which is designed similar to the Stingray.

For Stadium Arcaduim, Flea went with a vintage 1961 Fender Jazz bass guitar. He took this same guitar on the tour but, during the tour, decided to go back to his old, reliable Modulus signature. Flea praises it for its ability to endure the change from indoor to outdoor venues in all types of climates. However, Flea feels that once you reach a certain quality level, most of the bass guitars on the market are relatively similar.

At times, Flea has also been known to use a Circle Jerk Punk-Rock Modulus bass, a Blue Sparkle Modulus, a Silver Sparkle Modulus, a Shell Pink ’61 Fender Jazz and some Modulus basses painted with unique aboriginal designs. He uses Gallien-Krueger amps and amp heads and a few pieces of gear from Acoustic USA.

For effects and accessories, Flea turns to the Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive, a MXR Micro Amp, Electro Harmonix Q-Tron (which he uses for filler sounds, most notably on Sir Psycho Sexy), a Dunlop 105Q bass Wah, the Whirlwind DI pedal, a Malekko Barker Bassmaster pedal and a Moog Moogerfooger 12-stage phaser. Occasionally, Flea turns to an Electro-Harmonix USA Big Muff Pi pedal, a DOD Envelope filter, and a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+.

In Flea’s home studio, he uses an ADAT for recording, along with a Mackie 16 channel board and a few effects pieces, most of which he can’t remember the names of. His home studio also boasts an Akai MPC3000 sampler, a Nord Lead synthesizer, and a Roland synthesizer module, a Gallien-Krueger amp head, and GK heads. Flea maintains that he has always used Mesa Boogie cabinets. For strings, Flea bought GHS Boomers until sponsors came on board; he hasn’t bought his own strings in years.