1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  

21 century

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by F0URwordLETTER, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. F0URwordLETTER


    Oct 11, 2007
    Just wondering if anyone new what effects is Flea using on this song.
  2. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    It's an envelope filter. Probably a Q-Tron.
  3. cathal


    Mar 21, 2007
    London, England.
    im pretty sure its the q-tron

    but he does have the bass crybaby and bass balls on his board
  4. phatbass30


    Dec 24, 2006
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Groove is in the heart!!!
    he's using a q-tron AFAIK, but i could get that sound on my AF-9 as well. IMHO.
  5. Huh... A few clarifications may be needed at this point, just to avoid any misinformation :)

    Indeed, Flea used his Q-Tron on 21st Century, just like any other RHCP song that have featured an envelop filter sound, since 1998, in the studio or during live shows.
    He used the Dunlop Wah only once on a song called How Strong, written during the Californication sessions in 1999. Though, he kept the pedal on his pedalboard for the subsequent tours in 1999 and 2000.
    The Bass Balls was just used only one time in 1994 while jamming on Coffee Shop in rehearsals. But as the pedal broke down just before the band went to cut the track in the studio, Flea used a Boss FT-2 Dynamic Filter on the record, so the Bass Balls never made its way on an album, nor on his pedal-board.
  6. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    jesus is right on-track.

    His Stadium Arcadium pedalboard, last I saw it, had the following (in no particular order - I'd need to find the photo again to find out the chain order):

    - EHX Big Muff (USA Reissue)
    - Dunlop Bass Crybaby (105Q)
    - EHX Q-Tron+
    - MXR Micro Amp
    - Boss ODB-3
  7. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    It sounds like a manual sweeping wah in Coffee Shop from 2:07-2:14.
  8. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    Nope, it's an Auto Wah. I think the FT-2 does that. I used to use an MXR Auto Q in it's Shimmer mode. Lovely pedal, that.
  9. Ryan Mohr

    Ryan Mohr

    Oct 23, 2007
    Maybe me hooked up an expression pedal in manual mode because as far as I know its an envelope filter.
  10. The FT-2 is a classic envelop filter. The manual mode allows to use an expression pedal to operate the FT-2 as a real wah pedal.

    The Boss AW-2 is on the contrary an auto-wha, a different animal than the envelop filter. BTW, Flea had both the FT-2 and the AW-2, along with an ODB-3, an MXR Micro Amp and a Proco Rat on his pedalboard for the One Hot Minute tours in 1995-1997.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.