In a Guitar Center interview conducted after Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californi... more
In a Guitar Center interview conducted after Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californication tour, Flea is asked about what gear he uses for songwriting. He responds that along with a Mackie 16-channel mixer, Nord Lead synth, and Roland synth module, he uses the Akai MPC 3000 sampler.
In this video Tracy Flea's tech says he uses this for long cable runs more
In this video Tracy Flea's tech says he uses this for long cable runs
This article (originally sourced from Bass Player, but seemingly no longer in... more
This article (originally sourced from Bass Player, but seemingly no longer in existence online) states that when Flea needs a pick to play a song such as Parallel Universe, he uses Dunlop Tortex .60mm.
In this picture the strap DCL made for Flea can be seen. Jonny Fritz who made... more
In this picture the strap DCL made for Flea can be seen. Jonny Fritz who made it noted on his Tumblr: "Custom strap for Flea! It has squids, whales and 666 at the end. All hands tooled, laced and backed with black deerskin."
At around 1:23 in this clip from PinkPop 1990 you can clearly see flea using ... more
At around 1:23 in this clip from PinkPop 1990 you can clearly see flea using a Ernie Ball Polypro strap
The official GHS website shows Flea has his own signature set of bass strings... more
The official GHS website shows Flea has his own signature set of bass strings, GHS M3045F Flea Signature Bass Boomers Medium. In a rig rundown video, Flea's tech Tracy Robar confirms these are the strings he actually uses on his primary Modulus bass.
In this photo posted by Flea, a pair of white Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphone... more
In this photo posted by Flea, a pair of white Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones can be sen draped around his neck. The red wire coming out of the left ear piece indicates they are not the wireless version (original Instagram posted August 2014, but was since deleted).
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.