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Fender Jazz bass for Flea stuff

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FearandLoathing, Jul 14, 2001.


  1. Hi i am thinking of getting a second bass to play slap kind of red hot chili peppers stuff i currently have an Ibanez SR810 and the string are sortof to close together to play slap do u think the Jazz bass would be a good choice?
     
  2. EString

    EString

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    A Stingray or something similar would be a better choice. Even better would be a Flea Bass or a Wal, if you can afford it.

    My experience has been that in order to get a similar tone while plucking on a Jazz Bass you have to dig in much harder. You could turn down the middle pickup and boost the treble and mids to help you out.
     
  3. KumoriNeko

    KumoriNeko Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    I hardly ever slap, but I noticed Flea used an active Jazz bass in the Californication music video (or maybe it was Otherside.) I don't know if that helps. :D
     
  4. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    He was using a vintage Fender Jazz Bass in the Claifornication video. Therefore I doubt it had active electronics.
     
  5. EString

    EString

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    The bass he plays is an Olympic White Fender Jazz Bass. The bass has stack knobs, so it is from between 1960 and 1961. The bass is passive.
    Some people have thought that the Jazz Bass he plays in the "Californication" was a Modulus VJ. As you can see here, it is not.

    <img src="http://www.people.zeelandnet.nl/mbezemer/flea/pics/oldz15.jpg">

    Here is Flea playing it at a gig for his Joy Division cover band that he formed with John. What's odd is he's playing with a pick.
     
  6. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    Joy division songs only sound good when the bass is played with a pick. This isn't IMO, it is a fact of life. ;)
     
  7. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    I <U><B>KNEW</B></U> IT!! IT WAS a Fender Jazz Bass!! HA!! to all the people that said it was a Modulus.. HA HA HA! :D :D :D! -=)
     
  8. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    Oh by the way, thanks EString :)