I am an avid Red Hot Chili Peppers fan, and that their 2006 album Stadium Arcadium changed the way I listened to bass. The tone of his '61 Fender Jazz Bass is so incredible, and I want the absolute closest thing I can get to it, and this is where I need your help and input. What will give me this classic Pre-CBS J Bass tone??? I bought a Darryl Jones 4 Lakland, with Lindy Fralin J pup upgrade. There is a hint of Flea-ness in my bass, but its not that real chunky sound in a lot of there new songs. Below is a song that is a perfect example of what I want to sound like. ^"Mercy Mercy" - Red Hot Chili Peppers, B-side song off their Tell Me Baby Single What else can I do to get close to this sound? Should I get a new bass? New amp (currently running a Fender Bassman 100 combo). I bought some D'Addario half-rounds (I have been playing rounds my whole life and thought going from rounds to flats instantly was too big of a change) and they make it sound a bit better, but still not close. Would a different body wood, such as Alder help to achieve this sound (I have a Swamp Ash currently)? Does my bass just need to age? Should I go ahead and get flats? What about pickups, best jazz pickups in your opinion? Or fret pearl inlays (which I currently have) vs. dots? Thanks!