Fleas spector

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stinkoman20xx, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. Stinkoman20xx


    Oct 19, 2003
    What type of spector did flea have and what recordings was it used on?
  2. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    This is interesting, it´s the first time I heard about Flea using Spector basses.... does someone knows something?
  3. adam on bass

    adam on bass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, GK, EMG and D'Addario
    Most of the Sugar Sex Magic Album was an NS2. I was lucky enough to be able to visit the house they were using to record with a guy I knew that was an assistant. Met Rick Ruben, pretty cool fella.
  4. Stinkoman20xx


    Oct 19, 2003
    I thought blood sugar sex was mostly done with the wal?
  5. Wow, I knew he used Spector, but didn't know it was used on Blood Sugar Sex Magik! Isn't that one of the albums with the best bass playing Flea ever did?
  6. Halftooth

    Halftooth Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Tri-Valley, NorCal
    I haven't heard of any Spectors being used, but I have heard of the Wal and Alembic basses used on those recordings. I must say that I'm not a huge fan of how his Modulus basses sound now, if he's in fact using those to record with as well now.
  7. It says on the Spector site he has used Spector.
  8. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    I saw them on both the tours for Freakey Styley and Uplift Mofo Party Plan. Flea played ONLY his black spector (with the tape over the pickups to keep sweat out). IMO it was the bands best days.... (BTW, he was playing through 2 GK 800RB's)

    Later, during Mothers Milk I worked for them for a couple days as a liason....he didn't have the Spector at all.

    Aloha, Garey
  9. O wow, he has a BLACK spector NS-2? Same as me then!
  10. adam on bass

    adam on bass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, GK, EMG and D'Addario
    In the "making of" BSSM video you can see him hard at work on the NS2. If I can find it, I'll post a snippett.
  11. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    from what i remember, FUNKY MONKS, the video you're talking about, shows him playing only a wal and a 5-string stingray.

    he plays a spector in the video for "knock me down," too, although that doesn't mean that he played a spector on the recording. ...but it sounds to me that he's using one on mother's milk. maybe i'm just stupid. :meh:
  12. Fran Diaz

    Fran Diaz

    Mar 28, 2002
    Santander, Spain
    BSSM is mostly WAL with StingRay 5 and another fretless StingRay, no Spector.
    One Hot Minute is played mostly with an Alembic Epic and according to Flea a 4-string StingRay for Aeroplane.

    keep groooovin'
  13. that's consistent with what i've always heard, but there is some video of flea playing a black spector during the BSSM sessions (or rehearsals). i've seen it on their "behind the music" episode. i know he used to use a spector, but i don't know exactly when that went away.

  14. cetera


    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses & Cort Basses
    Flea definitely used a black USA Spector NS2. From what I can gather he used it live and in the studio until after the recording of the BSSM album. :bassist:
  15. I saw a program last night about the best bands of all time, as voted for by the UK public....well RHCP were on it, and they blow all other bands away, they are the greatest. O, and Flea rocks, it showed him performing live nad he just full on owns.
  16. Jared Hanlon

    Jared Hanlon

    Jul 5, 2012
    Flea used a Spector LV for Uplift Mofo Party Plan, but then used a Spector Ns2 for Mother's Milk
  17. dcalde78


    Apr 17, 2012
    Dude I think people would have found the info they wanted after 8 years...