Everyone – but we mean everyone – who plays guitar knows the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The bass player is an icon in his own right: Flea. Together with Fender, he has now created a second, more modern jazz bass that builds on his first signature instrument. The Flea Jazz Bass Active comes in two different colours and reminds me a lot of the older, now defunct Fleabass.
Flea Jazz Bass Active
Jason Smith is a Custom Shop Master Builder at Fender and a big fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He was a naturalö choice to develop a bass with Flea. The Flea Jazz Bass Active is the modern counterpart to the classic Road Worn Shell Pink Jazz Bass we wrote about in 2016.
This new signature model is also a Jazz Bass, but with a single humbucker between the middle and bridge, no pickguard, three controls (Volume, Bass, Treble) for the Aguilar OBP-1 preamp and opaque finish in Satin Inca Silver or Satin Shell Pink, both with a matching headstock.
The body is made of alder and the bass comes with a maple neck and fretboard with a set of classic black dot inlays. This model also has a 41 mm bone saddle and a HiMass Bridge. There’s a set of Lightweight Vintage Style tuners on the headstock, so tuning should be solid.
The official Fender video below is typical Flea and rambles on a bit. However, I think no matter how strange he can sometimes come across, his new signature bass guitar will be decent.
RRP – EUR 1745
- Fender Flea Active Jass Bass Satin Inca Silver: Thomann
- Fender Flea Active Jass Bass in Satin Shell Pink: Thomann