Flea Bass

New Gear/New Toy Review: Fender Musical Instruments Artist Signature Flea Bass

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released the Flea Jazz Bass Active, marking Fender's second collaboration with the notorious Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player, Flea.

This second artist signature bass was designed to complement Flea's beloved, vintage-style recording bass, the Shell Pink Flea Jazz Bass. The brainchild of Flea and Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Jason Smith, also a Flea/Red Hot Chili Peppers fan and bass player himself, this new active model is hyper-modern and represents Flea's energetic on-stage preference and style.

This American-made Jazz Bass features an offset alder body offered in two finishes: Satin Inca Silver and Satin Shell Pink. Following the design of Flea's favorite on-stage bass, this model has a smooth and fast satin polyurethane neck finish with a matching headstock, a 22-fret "C"-shaped quarter-sawn maple neck, 12-16-inch radius maple fingerboard, and a 1.6-inch wide bone nut.

The model has a single, high-output hum bucker pickup with an Aguilar OBP-1 18-volt preamp for cranking out high level output. Other features include a 4-saddle HiMass™ bridge for enhanced sustain, vintage-style disc string tree, lightweight vintage-style tuning machines with tapered shafts and 5-bolt asymmetrical neck plate with custom Flea artwork. It comes with a vintage-style G&G hard shell case and Certificate of Authenticity.

The Flea Jazz Bass® Active sells for $1,699.99 MSRP.