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Flea's bass

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by RHCFlea, Dec 5, 2001.


  1. RHCFlea

    RHCFlea

    Jun 16, 2001
    Washington DC
    what does he use?
    And how does he get his sound? Is it a certain amp, effect, balance setting, or just his style of playing
    Flea kicks ass
     
  2. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    He's had a number of basses. Which particular song are you thinking of?
     
  3. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    Flea used to use MM Stingrays, and now he uses Modulus Flea Basses. He also uses Alembic basses in the studio, and also a Fender vintage Jazz Bass live and in the studio.

    His amps are Gallien Krueger 2000RB heads, and he uses Mesa/Boogie cabs, I believe they are 2x15s. He also uses a variety of envelope filters and other effects.
     
  4. actually, he has a 2x10 on top of each 2x15...six cabs in total...
     
  5. RHCFlea

    RHCFlea

    Jun 16, 2001
    Washington DC
    hmmm... A bunch of songs. I wanna know particularly subway to venus, around the world, under the bridge, and BSSM, I guess.
     
  6. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    Well, on all those songs except for Around the World, he used a Stingray. On around the world, he used either an Alembic or a Flea Bass. My guess would be the Flea bass.

    I think he used a stingray on every album up until One Hot Minute.
     
  7. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    Basically, if you want the "Flea sound," just get a Gallien-Krueger amp and a Musicman Stingray. Thats pretty much his sound right there.
     
  8. Oh is that all you have to do? Well I guess I'm gonna go sell my car and rent half my house so I can go buy that stuff! :p
     
  9. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Yep.
     
  10. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    You started this thread buddy. You asked what gear Flea used. And this is it. This is his tone, I said nothing about it giving you talent. :rolleyes:

    Why should I help you when you find it more important to say something clever and sarcastic to piss me off? :mad:
     
  11. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    I should hope that your house and car are worth a little bit more than $2000! :D
     
  12. stingray96191

    stingray96191

    Jul 27, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Unofficially Endorsing Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars
    Anything recorded before blood sugar sex magik, and after the self titled album, assume it was a stingray. On Blood sugar, he used an alembic epic 4 string for all the songs he played a 4 on. As far as i know this album is the only one yet where he has playea a musicman stingray 5, but only on a couple of songs. Under the bridge, and funky monks come to mind. You can definatly here the b string on funky monks. He used the alembic on every song on One hot minute, except aeroplane where he used a 4 string stingray. For recording californication, he used his flea basses exclusivly, as i don't think he aquired his vintage jazz until 2000.

    Not guaranteed to be 100% acurate. As the only people who know for sure are him, his producers and probably the band.

    Erin
     
  13. RHCFlea

    RHCFlea

    Jun 16, 2001
    Washington DC
    sorry. Anyway, thanks for your help.
     
  14. I had a friend ask me what kind of bass Flea played, hence my quote.
     
  15. almost...

    he also played Wal Basses on OHM...and spectors in the beginning of his career...
     
  16. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    what was the bass he used in the Higher Ground video? It has that elf shoe headstock and weird paint job and those danelectro-ish pickups. What was that thing??
     
  17. EString

    EString

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    Blood Sugar Sex Magik

    -Wal 24 fret Mach II 4 String bass (Ebony fingerboard w/ Bird's Eye Maple facings)

    -Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 5 (Rosewood fingerboard)

    One Hot Minute

    -Alembic Epic 4 String (Ebony fingerboard w/ Bird's Eye Maple facings)

    -Wal 24 fret Mach II 4 String bass (Ebony fingerboard w/ Bird's Eye Maple facings)

    -Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray (Rosewood fingerboard)

    -Sigma Acoustic 4 String bass

    Californication

    -Modulus Flea Bass 4 (Lane Poor pickup w/ Aguilar preamp)

    -Acoustic Bass (Sigma? Taylor AB3?)
     
  18. I'm pretty sure that bass in the higher ground video was just for show and never actually made it to the recording sessions....
    Estring has the most accurate list, but he also used an older Spector at one point (on Mothers Milk?). Not sure which tracks...
     
  19. *high school teen princess voice*

    Flea's bass is, like, soooooo last week

    *chew chew chew*
    *blows bubble*


    :D :D