In this Rig Rundown video of Flea's bass rig, his tech Tracy Robar talks abou... more
In this Rig Rundown video of Flea's bass rig, his tech Tracy Robar talks about the bass guitar Flea uses most often, the Modulus Flea bass. Starting at 0:25 he says:
“This is Flea’s main bass, which we play pretty much on 99% of all songs. He likes to be used to one bass, most of the time he warms up with it in the dressing room every night. It’s a Modulus, with production finish on it, that Flea added some ‘mod podge’ touches to a long time ago and has since deteriorated… it's a great player sounds awesome… it’s got a Lane Poor pickup which they don't make anymore unfortunately and we have very few of them left. And we’ve got the Aguilar preamp… and Badass Bridge. He likes to keep the knobs taped up, don’t touch ‘em, get that sound. He only touches the volume knob. [He keeps them set] bass almost all the way on, treble rolled off quite a bit, just to where it starts biting. Graphite neck on it, very stable, very bright sounding. I can get extremely low action with that which is how Flea likes it. I change [the strings] every day. We use GHS boomers and Flea has a signature set that they package up, which is basically their basic standard gauge 105 - 45.”
At 2:28 into this video of Flea's rig rundown, his tech talks about a few of ... more
At 2:28 into this video of Flea's rig rundown, his tech talks about a few of Flea's basses which he uses in addition to his primary Modulus one:
“This Modulus bass has the custom Aboriginal finish on it, it's beautiful. He plays it on By The Way, we tune it to drop D. Pretty much the same [as his main bass], this one has a Seymour Duncan pickup in it, but the same preamp.”
Flea's own line of bass guitars. Inspired by the look of Modulus basses, and ... more
Flea's own line of bass guitars. Inspired by the look of Modulus basses, and made to be affordable and approachable by beginners. Two models were available, one with a 34" neck and another with a 30" neck. They were available in four color schemes: "Sunny Bass"(yellow/orange), "Water Bass" (orange/blue), "Punk Bass" (pink/green) and "The Wild One" (white/black). These basses were manufactured in China.
Flea used this on "Funky Monks", "Under the Bridge" and "The Righteous and th... more
Flea used this on "Funky Monks", "Under the Bridge" and "The Righteous and the Wicked" from Blood Sugar Sex Magik. It can be seen in the "Under the Bridge" video.
Flea is shown in this picture with a Precision Sunburst bass. more
Flea is shown in this picture with a Precision Sunburst bass.
At 1:59 in this "Rig Rundown" with *Premier Guitar* is a custom Flea Bass, de... more
At 1:59 in this "Rig Rundown" with Premier Guitar is a custom Flea Bass, designed by Damien Hirst with a Spinart Finish. A Lane Poor pickup can also be seen.
At 2:49 in this "Rig Rundown" with *Premier Guitar*, Tracy Robar (Flea's Tech... more
At 2:49 in this "Rig Rundown" with Premier Guitar, Tracy Robar (Flea's Tech) shows us his backup Modular. It has the Aboriginal National Flag & Lane Poor pickups.
In this picture we see Flea's custom model Modulus Flea Bass which was nick-n... more
In this picture we see Flea's custom model Modulus Flea Bass which was nick-named the ‘Punk Bass’ due to its decoration; it was painted red, white and blue and covered in graphics featuring Flea’s favourite punk bands. This bass was used to record most of By the way record and was used as flea's main touring bass
At 3:32 in this "Rig Rundown" with *Premier Guitar*, we're shown another one ... more
At 3:32 in this "Rig Rundown" with Premier Guitar, we're shown another one of Flea's basses. Flea uses this for the song "Funky Monks".
One of the very few shell pink Jazz Basses ever produced by Fender. This is t... more
One of the very few shell pink Jazz Basses ever produced by Fender. This is the bass Flea used for the entirety of 'Stadium Arcadium'. Features two stickers, one of which is of D. Boon (singer and guitarist of the Minutemen) which features the words "Punk is whatever we made it to be". (Picture of the bass with two stickers: http://bit.ly/1svY02N)
One of Flea's main basses throughout his entire career. Can be seen in music ... more
One of Flea's main basses throughout his entire career. Can be seen in music videos such as "Aeroplane" and "Coffee Shop". It is also the bass Flea used in Chad Smith's instructional video 'Red Hot Rhythm Meth'.
Flea can be seen in this photo with a Modulus Funk Unlimited in Blue Sparkle. more
Flea can be seen in this photo with a Modulus Funk Unlimited in Blue Sparkle.
Flea can be seen in this image playing a black Spector NS-2. more
Flea can be seen in this image playing a black Spector NS-2.
Flea can be seen here with another custom Modulus Bass with graphite neck wit... more
Flea can be seen here with another custom Modulus Bass with graphite neck with Fleas name on it.
"you know this guy this artist Damien Hirst? He did this for me yeah it's rea... more
"you know this guy this artist Damien Hirst? He did this for me yeah it's real butterflies" - Flea at 1:25.
Evident at 1:09 and 2:50 the brand is TEISCO, not TIESCO https://en.wi... more
Evident at 1:09 and 2:50
the brand is TEISCO, not TIESCO
Flea can be seen with a Höfner Violin Bass (right side) more
Flea can be seen with a Höfner Violin Bass (right side)
You can see through the video more
You can see through the video
Flea just started using this bass at the beginning of their new tour. It capt... more
Flea just started using this bass at the beginning of their new tour. It captures the feel of the jazz bass that he used to record the album with, while still maintaining the live sound he has used for years.
This bass was created by fender as a signature artist bass. It is a copy of f... more
This bass was created by fender as a signature artist bass. It is a copy of flea's 1961 shell Pink jazz bass. Flea uses this bass (the copy not the original) in the video for dark necessities
This is flea's most valuable bass. It is a fender 1961 shell Pink jazz bass... more
This is flea's most valuable bass. It is a fender 1961 shell Pink jazz bass. It is very rare because of its colour and age. He got this bass from a fan while on californication tour. Flea used this bass to record stadium arcadium. This bass can be seen in californication music video. Other apearences are in dani california and hump de bump. He used this bass on stadium arcadium tour, but later switched to his modulus bass. Fender later made a signature artist copy of this bass.
Flea used a blue model of this bass in studio during the recording of the alb... more
Flea used a blue model of this bass in studio during the recording of the album "Blood Sugar Sex Magic". He used this bass on every song exept "Funky Monks" and "The Righteous and the Wicked" (he used a 5 strings musicman stingray on these). We can see him with this bass in the docummentary "Funky Monks", in the video for "Suck my Kiss" and in some live shows in 1991 on youtube.
Flea used this bass for the recording of the album "One Hot Minute". He used ... more
Flea used this bass for the recording of the album "One Hot Minute". He used this bass on every song exept "Aeroplane" and "Pea".
Flea’s current No. 1 is this Fender Custom Shop Jazz bass built by Jason Smit... more
Flea’s current No. 1 is this Fender Custom Shop Jazz bass built by Jason Smith. It has an active Modulus Lane Poor pickup that was out of production, but due to demand from Flea and other bassists, is now available again. The current models on the market are called Legacy Lane Poor. It’s also outfitted with an Aguilar OBP-1 preamp. He keeps his knobs taped at his preferred settings (bass almost full up, treble rolled off) and only uses his volume knob live. It has a graphite neck that allows Robar to set Flea's action very low—4/64" on the bass side down to a 3/64" on the treble side—and Flea uses his signature set of GHS Boomers (.045–.105).
In this picture Flea can be seen playing a Gibson SG Bass. According to that ... more
In this picture Flea can be seen playing a Gibson SG Bass. According to that account it was in Amsterdam, November 2016, in the guitar shop "De Plug"
In this Red Hot Chili Peppers music video, Flea is seen playing a Fender Jazz... more
In this Red Hot Chili Peppers music video, Flea is seen playing a Fender Jazz Bass Fretless Jaco Pastorius Tribute Bass
In this Video we can see Flea playing the "Fender Kingman Bass SCE". At 5:22 ... more
In this Video we can see Flea playing the "Fender Kingman Bass SCE". At 5:22 he asked Josh if he should play acoustic or electric, and descided to play the acoustic at 5:35. The RHCP played the show for the "Silverlake Conservatory of Music" annual benefit gala.
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.