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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lird12, Jul 1, 2012.
Some say it's sterile sounding while others say it's awesome. Comments?
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.
I had both a Ray and a Flea at the same time. Ended up selling the Flea because it had zero low end.
with a different pickup maybe it could fix the low end problem?
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.
If Im not mistaken, Flea uses Lane Poor pups in his Modulus'. Not sure what kind of difference that would make.
Correct. He currently uses a pickup that is no longer made.
YouTube - Rig Rundown - Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea
Actually, Lane Pour (Poor?) is now back in business, and the Basslines pup is a reversed engineered copy of the LP pup.
Good to know. Thanks!
It doesn't sound that way when Flea plays it...just sayin'.
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.
Question is - what do YOU think? Thats all that matters.
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.
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?
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.