What songs on BSSM did Flea use the Wal on?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by phxlbrmpf, May 13, 2003.

  1. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    I used to be under the impression that all of the bass lines on BSSM were recorded with a Sting Ray, but apparently, I was wrong -- I read in "Basses" a while ago that Flea used a Wal on a bunch of songs on BSSM. So what songs are those? Thanks on advance.
  2. "Suck My Kiss" doesn't sound like a StingRay, to me. I may be wrong though, he could have been using effects.

    Edit: BTW, how the heck do you pronounce your name?!? :D
  3. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    Some stuff I've found with Google:

    From TBL:

    Most of Flea's recording pre-Blood Sugar.... was done with a Spector NS
    bass, he definitely used this bass for recording Mother's Milk and The
    Uplift Mofo Party Plan (although always using the Stingrays live), the Wal
    came in for Blood Sugar... (with a Musicman 5-string for a couple of songs,
    Mellowship Slinky... and Under The Bridge) and the Alembic for One Hot
    Minute - he needed a punchier bass tone to cut through Dave Navarro's thick,
    highly effected and multi-tracked Marshall tones. I believe he used a
    Stingray to record "Aeroplane" off that album, but the Alembic for the rest.
    I think he'll be using his signature Modulus for the forthcoming album with
    the returning John Frusciante. Check out the tone on the recent Jane's
    Addiction record on the track "Kettle Whistle", deep and thick.
    (Incidentally, I've tried one of these Flea basses, that deep thick sound
    wasn't something I experienced, I can't say I was hugely impressed, the note
    clarity of the graphite neck is great, but there doesn't seem to be much in
    the way of cutting power or growling midrange in the tone, not like a good
    Stingray. Maybe it just records well.)

    And another from TBL (by me!):

    I don't know if this is common knowledge, but I've just been reading an old
    copy of a US guitar mag which contains a interview with Flea and Dave
    Navarro from the time that they were recording One Hot Minute. Apart from
    the amusing comments like "I can see us still playing together in 40 years
    time" (or words to that effect), Flea also mentioned that he was using a
    stock Alembic Epic to record One Hot Minute even though he'd never play that
    sort of bass live, just as he used a Wal to record most of Blood Sugar Sex
    Magik. A Wal! Not a Stingray! Not that I blame him - Wal's are excellent
    basses, but there are so many people out there buying Stingrays to get
    Flea's sound... how ironic.

    Here's the interview that I read (though I read the magazine):


    Hope that helps,


    P.S. If you couldn't be bothered to read all that, the gist of it was that the Wal was used for almost all the tracks on BSSM.
  4. Yes, indeed. I don't think StingRays sound very agressive at all. Very punchy and powerful, of course, but kind of "tame".
  5. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    Haha, ironic indeed. There I was, listening to Blood Sugar Sex Magik over and over again, and thinking the bass sound on the album was a perfect example of what a good Stingray sounds like. And I thought I knew quite a lot about basses...
    but then again, I always thought the bass sound on "If You Have to Ask" sounded a bit too "deep" for a Stingray.

    Well, I did know Flea used Spectors on Mother's Milk and Uplift Mofo, and an Alembic on One Hot Minute, though. Does anyone happen to know what bass(es) he used on the first two albums?

    "Fixelbrumpf", I think. :bassist:
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