An exacting replica of his go-to ‘61 J-Bass, in its uber-rare Shell Pink finish
Never one to be pinned down by genre or convention, Flea brings techniques drawn from a host of influences to Red Hot Chili Peppers shows and recordings. While funk and slap have often been cornerstones, it’s hard to pin down Flea’s approach stylistically. That said, there is an overriding less-is-more ethic in his playing that has made Flea’s massive foundation critical to the Chilis’ sound.
It’s fitting therefore that the bassist and Fender settled on the Flea Signature Roadworn Jazz Bass—a battle-scarred ‘61 J-Bass that’s seen plenty of Flea-propelled action. Originally a fan’s gift, Flea has used this axe with its ultra-rare Shell Pink finish extensively, recording much of Stadium Arcadium and The Getaway with it.
Fender went to town in replicating the instrument as it looks today, with a nitrocellulose finish that perfectly captures years of playing wear and fading. (According to Fender, the original may be the only Jazz Bass in existence in Shell Pink.) In tribute to Flea, a neckplate announces the instrument’s pedigree.
Flea calls the original ‘61 Jazz Bass on which his new signature Roadworn model is based ”magic.”
Equipped with a pair U.S.-made Pure Vintage ‘64 Jazz Bass single-coils, it produces that incredibly well-mannered and defined low end that has made the J-Bass a fixture in just about every form of music imaginable. Coupled with punchy mids and a highly focused top end, it’s no surprise this endlessly versatile bass has become a Flea favorite.
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