Flea's Jazz Bass Tone

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by register2, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. register2


    Nov 15, 2003
    I did a search but found nothing on this: I really dig Flea's tone on the Stadium Arcadium album. I realize he recorded that with a vintage Fender strung with flats, and that his style and attack are 90% of the sound, but was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for pickup changes that would give me the grit and bite of his vintage Jazz. I have a 2008 MIA and the only thing that came to mind were Antiquity II's - can anyone give input on those, or alternatives? Thanks!
  2. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    I don't know about pickup changes, but a big part of Flea's sound is setup and technique.

    If you haven't already, make sure you have low action and pluck over the bridge pickup with a pretty aggressive right hand technique.

    I use my Stambaugh strung with rounds (really old Sunbeams) and I can nail the sound for Charlie, Desecration Smile etc.
  3. fenderx55


    Jan 15, 2005
    Honestly, I can get that sound with my 04MIA J with nordstrands and flats or rounds. I'd say it's just low action, tone on, and dig in. :bassist: <-like that guy.
  4. register2


    Nov 15, 2003
    Thanks for the replies! My tone is similar to begin with, but was just wondering if anyone had heard those sounds and was able to immediately recommend a pickup that enhances those characteristics. Also Flea plays his jazz over the neck pickup, by the way.
  5. demon666


    Jul 16, 2005
    Providence RI
    Didn't he use a pick for some of that album?
  6. miss g

    miss g

    Mar 30, 2008
    stack knobs might help get you closer to his tone
  7. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO

    I always think of him playing on the bridge, but I imagine with flats he moved up so the tension felt the same. By the time we saw him during the SA tour he'd already gone back to the Modulus for live work.
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