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As promised: Bassist Gear Of The Month and this month: Flea

Gear History:
Over the years, Flea has used different basses. He started out playing StingRays. But he used a Spector on some Mothers Milk tracks. On Blood Sugar Sex Magic, he used a Wall Mach II and a StingRay 5. One Hot Minute was recorded using an Alembic Epic. For live gigs, he kept using his StingRay?s. In 1997, Modulus started producing his custom bass and ever since, he uses Modulus Flea basses. All of his basses have BadAss II bridges, Aguillar OBP-1 pre-amp, Lane Poor PU?s and are strung with GHS Flea signature series (.045 - .105).
As for amplifiers, Flea always has used GK heads. In the beginning he used 800RB heads, but uses the larger 2001RB at the moment. Cabwise, he used a Mesa/Boogie 2x10 and 2x15 setup. Three stacks of each. Since the Californication tour, he uses GK three 410RBH an and three 115RBH cabs.
When it comes to FX, Flea isn?t a collector. He only uses an Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron, an MXR micro-amp and a BOSS ODB-3.
The person who keeps Fleas gear in top condition is Tracy Robar.

But now a bit more about his current set-up:
Flea's main bass is the punk-rock bass. It's a Modulus Flea covered with stickers. He uses this bass the whole show, except for songs with different tunings. Then he uses one of his other Modulusses.
Flea needs a lot of freedom on stage if he wants to jump around like we?re used from him. So he uses a Shure wireless system. From there the signal goes to a Brooks Siren active DI box. The line signal goes to the FOH, the rest goes to his FX: Q-Tron, Micro-Amp and an ODB-3. After the ODB-3 the signal is again splitted using a Whirlwind passive DI. Again, one signal goes to the FOH, the rest continues to the first of three Gallien-Krueger 2001RB heads. The two others are connected by daisy chaining. So the first amp is used as EQ and power amp, the last two only as power amp so if you change the EQ on the first amp, it affects all the amps. Each head powers a 4x10 and a 1x15 cab from the RBH series from Gallien-Krueger. The system uses GK?s bi-amping method to drive the woofers and tweeter separately. The last feed to the FOH is a Shure SM98
For monitoring, Flea uses in-ears. I haven?t found what brand, but it probably is Shure. The bass signal he gets in his monitors, is coming from the Whirlwind (post-fx DI).

Layout of flea's rig:


A picture of flea's old rig with the GK800RBs:


Flea's current GK rig:


Punk-Rock bass:


Flea's basses, with his rig in the background, and his tech working on his punk-rock bass:


Flea's FX:


That's it. Hope you enjoyed reading it. If you want, I can post a little Bio too I have somewhere on my PC. Just let me know if you guys feel the need for it
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< hates the chili peppers. i hear good things about that dude thou.
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great article, nice work, good info, good lenght,

sweet
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Excellent post, I'm also really happy to discover that I have the same OD stompbox as Flea!!
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ghehe, now just the rest of the gear and you'll have the same rig
thx for all the good comments so far...
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man i was waiting for this one! lol. thanks for putting it up. you could have a bit more about his sticker bass tho.
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Good work, must have taken you ages!


I wish i could play like him...
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Nice, looks good. Well done.
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Quote by mangablade
man i was waiting for this one! lol. thanks for putting it up. you could have a bit more about his sticker bass tho.

more about his sticker bass? It's just a modulus flea with stickers all over it... It has some stickers of joy division and the ramones... I don't know what I could say more about this bass...
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Quote by FunkMaster
more about his sticker bass? It's just a modulus flea with stickers all over it... It has some stickers of joy division and the ramones... I don't know what I could say more about this bass...


And a Circle Jerks sticker.

I watched Live in Slane castle last night... monster tone. Good article.
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didnt flea drop his sponsorship from modulus and take one from fender ????, cuase every picture i see of him these days is with a fender jazz and i remeber reading something on this forum about modulus not letting there endorsers use other basses or something??? could be wrong but good call on making this set up, I LOVE YOU
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poop

Sorry!

*stickies*

Good article with a lot of info, but I also thought that Flea has ended his time with Modulus. In that pic of his amps he is playing a fender jazz & have been seeing him advertise with them more and more but I havent heard anythign to confirm or deny this yet.
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I think fender would post it on their site if Flea was using fenders now.
And if you had a bass named after you by a good brand like Modulus, would you settle for a "regular" Fender?
And about that endorser thing, I think you read the thread on Asomodais bass. He has an endorsement by Yamaha and gets free string and such (correct me if I'm wrong).
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Quote by FunkMaster
I think fender would post it on their site if Flea was using fenders now.
And if you had a bass named after you by a good brand like Modulus, would you settle for a "regular" Fender?


I was thinking the same thing, it just seems weird to me that he is using Fender Jazz basses & not the modulus equivalent. Oh well.
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You sir, are the first person I've ever heard say that.
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Apparently they have a new album coming out. Looking forward to it, but I still feel their peak was Blood Sugar Sex Magic.

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yes, very true. RHCP's kinda gone alternative instead of funk rock as they used to be, but i still dig their stuff. When's Tool's album going to come out? I can't wait for both of them!
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I've been waiting for Tool to come out with new material for so long. . .
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i hope flea dosent end with modulus and join fender because i hate fenders and i thing they should all die
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I think Modulus is really full of jerks if they don't let people use other basses.
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Doesnt every company that endorses some fameous player do that?
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surely flea is allowed to chose his own bass??
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Quote by FunkMaster
Doesnt every company that endorses some fameous player do that?


Not really... Hammett has an ESP endorsement, yet he's still allowed to use Jackson Randy Rhoads models.
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^^they can use other guitars, just as long as they are seen with there endorsment guitars for a certain period of the show.
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I hear all this talk about flea being a genious, meh....

Sure, he's had some good riffs...Genious? no.
I appreciate that he can improvise some great licks and be able to play/remember/record them, but i've seen his instructional dvd and by the time it finished I was more confuzed about playing bass then before i watched it.

He does use some nice gear tho, the modulus + GK is a killer combination
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Quote by TomD03
I hear all this talk about flea being a genious, meh....

Sure, he's had some good riffs...Genious? no.
I appreciate that he can improvise some great licks and be able to play/remember/record them, but i've seen his instructional dvd and by the time it finished I was more confuzed about playing bass then before i watched it.


I'd say he is a genius. He was stoned out of his brain on the DVD.


Have you heard the Search & Destroy live jam from the Off the Map DVD? I posted an mp3 of it a long time ago on here, I may send it to you privately... it's not technically impressive, but when you consider all except the very first bassline after Search & Destroy (I've seen 3 S&D jams and the only thing in common is that, it's the starting point) is improvised, I can't see why anyone would believe he isn't a genius.
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I'd say he is a genius. He was stoned out of his brain on the DVD.


Have you heard the Search & Destroy live jam from the Off the Map DVD? I posted an mp3 of it a long time ago on here, I may send it to you privately... it's not technically impressive, but when you consider all except the very first bassline after Search & Destroy (I've seen 3 S&D jams and the only thing in common is that, it's the starting point) is improvised, I can't see why anyone would believe he isn't a genius.



Yes, I have seen this. And i've seen the peppers live...

I agree, his playing is nice, but sometimes I just find it flashy. His double thumb style isn't really all that, what he's doing (sry this explination will be horrible) is
1: lightly pressing down on a fret on E or A
2: Slapping down, making a muted note
3: pushing down the light finger
4: slapping again

that makes it sound like a fast slap, its a technique i use sometimes if i feel the need to be flashy in front of a ton of non-bass players try it out, it takes a bit to get used to it, and my explination was crap
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< hates the chili peppers. i hear good things about that dude thou.

If you've only heard good things about him and not actually heard him playing don't say you hate the Chili Peppers.
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Yes, I have seen this. And i've seen the peppers live...

I agree, his playing is nice, but sometimes I just find it flashy. His double thumb style isn't really all that, what he's doing (sry this explination will be horrible) is
1: lightly pressing down on a fret on E or A
2: Slapping down, making a muted note
3: pushing down the light finger
4: slapping again

that makes it sound like a fast slap, its a technique i use sometimes if i feel the need to be flashy in front of a ton of non-bass players try it out, it takes a bit to get used to it, and my explination was crap

hes the total opposite of flashy....he's very modest and just because hes really good doesn't mean all of his songs require him to play with so much energy that he just explodes at the end of the concert....we go to hear good music not to criticize him on the difficulty of what hes playing cause it sounds good.
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I totally love Flea, his playing style, and the RHCPs' in general, but him using fender j's now just seems to boggle me. He built his unique style with the MM Stingray, and subsequently a signature Modulus that is based of the Stingray, and the sudden switch to the Fender Jazz doesnt make sense. True he could be trying to play with a different sound on the upcoming album but the switch is still odd to me.

Anways its boosted my love for the Fender J I have now that he's playing on them . However Tim Com., JPJ, and John Entwistle are my biggest influences despite the fact that I own every album that Flea has played on :p. Anyways great description of the rig! Mad props!
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so i like rhcp i learn fleas basslines and do covers of thier songs along with others in my band but what is the big deal with flea? why not stu hamm, John Myung (dream theater,) John Paul Jones? well ye i think he's dead but still they are all great players,
i think people who like flea (i'm not saying i don't) have heard rhcp and thought great player think i'll copy him but if u listen to more genres of music you'll see that flea is no genius he is "one" of the great bass players out there not "the best"
rhcp just play a very good source of unique music to improvise over and given time anyone could come with impressive basslines, i think he just has a lot of oppurtunity to
play around with

oh yeah and the guy who made this thread your way over the topwho cares what gear flea has go get your own it doesn't sound any better than any other gear
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JPJ isn't dead.

There's a difference between being a genius and being the best. I said he was a genius.


And its a series of threads called Bassist Gear of the Month. The whole point is to see what gear a certain bassist uses. And Flea's gear is significantly better sounding than most gear, as most 2 stack setups sound better than what most here can afford.
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