I've been trying to pay more attention to studying particular players' techniques recently, and I have discovered a few Flea related oddities I'd like to ask you all.
Question 1: I cannot seem to accurately replicate the oddball distortion tone in the later passages of 'Sir Psycho Sexy'. I know (reasonably sure, 99%) it's a Q-Tron, but when I finally got one recently, I'm still not able to get that exact weirdo slowed down/muddy/Quaalude tone. What am I missing there, some other octave pedal or something? I'm still a beginner when it comes to identifying particular effects and the associated pedals that create them. This (really sweet) Flea jam video is an example of what sound I do get out of the Q-Tron: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A13mmk5Wzns
Question 2: Probably not exactly an effects query per se, but after listening closely to the song 'Special Secret Song Inside', I'm noticing this really strange deep thumping/clicking sound that I'm pretty sure is bassline related, but I can't place the exact cause of it. Listening carefully on headphones, it's way to the left of the mix, where Flea's playing is basically head on. I am absolutely stumped as to exactly what it is and why it sounds so distinctly separated from the bassline itself. It doesn't seem to appear on any other song on that album, so maybe it's some weird recording studio configuration thing? Funny that I never really noticed it before, but now I can't not hear it once I noticed it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inr_X2i10XU
Anyways, thanks for your time. I appreciate it. You guys rock!