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What do ya'll think of a Modulus Flea's slap sound?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lird12, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. lird12


    Mar 14, 2012
    Sacramento, CA
    Some say it's sterile sounding while others say it's awesome. Comments?
  2. CORBS


    Dec 28, 2010
    I know that Flea does not play his 60s Jazz Bass because it does not cut through live, and he has been playing his Modulus for a very long time and continually. I played one a long time ago and it was not sterile or "plastic" at all, the graphite neck was comfortable as well.
  3. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    I had both a Ray and a Flea at the same time. Ended up selling the Flea because it had zero low end.
  4. lird12


    Mar 14, 2012
    Sacramento, CA
    with a different pickup maybe it could fix the low end problem?
  5. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    It had a Bart and the 3-band Bart pre. Another TB'er had a similar issue with the Aguilar 3-band pre, but I'm not sure which pup he had. I know the Barts aren't favored with those basses, so perhaps a different pup would be better.
  6. southpaw420


    Aug 25, 2007
    If Im not mistaken, Flea uses Lane Poor pups in his Modulus'. Not sure what kind of difference that would make.
  7. Meh.
  8. EtoG


    Sep 7, 2010
  9. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
  10. EtoG


    Sep 7, 2010
    Good to know. Thanks! :)
  11. It doesn't sound that way when Flea plays it...just sayin'.
  12. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic
    Doesn't sound sterile to me... He digs in a lot though, that might have something to do with it. He (or his tech) probably hand selected the ones he has so they had something special.
  13. Modern Growl

    Modern Growl Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2005
    NY/NJ Metro Area
    Question is - what do YOU think? Thats all that matters.
  14. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    I prefer my Modulus Quantum Sweetspot for slap over a Flea/Funk.

    Always hated EMGs, but they sound great in a Quantum.

    I switched from my 1973 Jazz, 1978 Stingray and 3 Sadowskys.

    Really like the slap tone and it has great bottom end.
  15. GlassOnion

    GlassOnion 1.21 Gigawatts

    Apr 4, 2011
    Tempe Arizona
    I own a FU4 with Lane Poor MM 3.5 pickup that replaced the factory basslines MM style pickup. It sings and can easily nail the flea sound. I do agree with above posters, it has a very bright side to it. Lots of depth in tone, very complex harmoics. Is not as growly as my Warwick thumb or p-bass or stingray though. I currently have it paired with an Aguilar OBP1.

    My question, does anyone know what preamp Flea uses in his modulus/lane poor set up?
  16. yeah the flea can have a lot of high end...perhaps due to the graphite sonic response or whatever it was that I read.
    There is tons of low end, my preamp is the aguilar 2 band with the basslines p/up, 9 volt.
    compared to my fender with 18 volt aguilar 2 band behind a bartolini set of j's, the bass doesnt get as supremely huge, but to say it has no low end...these people got very unlucky with their build.
    Not sterile, clean, not sterile.

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