Fender Flea Jazz Electric Bass (with Gig Bag)

True to his 1961 original, Flea's Signature Jazz Bass offers period-correct features like barrel saddles and a 20-fret, U-shaped neck for easy playability.
What's special about this item?
Feature: What it does:
Alder body Light weight with a wide tonal range
Maple neck Bright tone, full sustain and strength
Road Worn finish Look and feel of a "broken in," well-played guitar
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel
Flea's funk- and jazz-influenced basslines helped propel the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the top of the rock and alternative charts while redefining the role of bass in the modern era. Flea's unique playing style brought a welcome breath of fresh air to the musical landscape of the past four decades, inspiring countless bassists to add a funky touch to their sound while exploring new techniques and harmonic possibilities.

Get a closer look at Flea's signature J Bass in this video from Fender:


To celebrate his enduring influence, we've recreated his prized Shell Pink '61 Jazz Bass that he received from a fan and used to record the Peppers' "Stadium Arcadium" and "The Getaway," as well as with the supergroup, Atoms For Peace.

A pair of vintage-style, American-made Pure Vintage '64 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups provides classic, original-era Fender tone with clear articulation, clear low end definition, up-front midrange punch and singing high end. The vintage-accurate stacked concentric controls shape the pickups' volume and tone, as well as allowing the pickups to be blended in any ratio. The Flea Jazz Bass plays fast and easy, thanks to its period-accurate 20-fret "C"-shaped maple neck with a smooth Road Worn nitrocellulose lacquer finish on the back, plus a 7.25"-radius rosewood fingerboard with a 1.5" wide nut. The vintage-style bridge sports four threaded steel "barrel" saddles, adding a touch of crispness to enhance the attack for tone that can power through a busy mix. read more

Shell Pink is the rarest of Fender's classic Custom Color finishes, and Flea's '61 Jazz Bass is quite possibly the only one in existence. We've carefully recreated his personal instrument's exact faded shade as it exists today, and then applied an eye-catching Road Worn nitrocellulose lacquer finish that perfectly replicates Flea's playing wear. A special neck plate engraved with Flea's own artwork commemorates the inspiration behind this instrument. Other aesthetic touches include nickel/chrome hardware, 3-ply tortoiseshell pickguard and aged white dot position inlays. Melding rhythm and melody with fierce personal style, Flea's left his mark on modern music, and the Flea Jazz Bass is the perfect tool to make your own.

Features:

- Special engraved Flea neck plate with Flea
- 20-fret "C"-shaped maple neck with Road Worn Nitrocellulose finish
- US-made Pure Vintage '64 Jazz Bass pickups
- Vintage-style bridge with four threaded steel "barrel" saddles
- Includes Deluxe Gig Bag
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- Model Name: Fender Flea Jazz Bass
- Series: Artist Series
- Color: Shell Pink
- Body Finish: Road Worn Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Body Material: Alder
- Neck Material: Maple, "U" Shape
- Neck Finish: Road Worn, Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Fingerboard: Rosewood, 7.25" Radius (184.1 mm)
- Fret: 20 Vintage-Style Frets
- Position Inlays: Aged White Dot
- Middle Pickup: American-made Pure Vintage '64 Jazz Bass Single-Coil
- Bridge Pickup: American-made Pure Vintage '64 Jazz Bass Single-Coil
- Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome/Black Concentric
- Controls: Stacked Concentric Controls Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
- Bridge: 4-Saddle Vintage-Style with threaded steel barrel saddles
- Tuning Machines: Fender Vintage-Style
- Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
- Pickguard: 3-Ply Tortoiseshell
- Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
- Nut: 1.5" (38.1 mm), Synthetic Bone
- Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (Gauges .045 - .105)
- Case/Gig Bag: Deluxe Gig Bag
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Roadworn Shell Pink
Shipping Weight: 15.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 50 x 15 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FEN 0141020 356
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-488-1818
(4 ratings)
Submitted December 12, 2016 by Simon B in Alexandria, VA
"Flea Bass"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I bought this bass 'blemished' ... Ha ha ;)This bass is clearly not for everyone. The relicing is quite extreme and for some not well done. This, however does not real matter to me. I've played bass for over 30 years and I have basses from Tokai, Ibanez, Musicman, NS design and Sire. My very favorite bass for the neck and general comfort is the Tokai, which is a 60's Jazz Fretless copy from 1983. The neck on this Fender Flea is the nearest I've found to it. So, I'm really happy. The weight is also very similar at just over 8.5 pounds.The bass sounds fabulous. It vibrates wonderfully - something the Sire doesn't do - and the pickups add a huge amount of punch. The neck pickup is the nearest I've heard to a P bass pickup from a jazz. I love the dual concentric pots and I'll probably put a similar thing into my Tokai. My only complaints are that the action was a little high at first which means unscrewing stuff to get at the trust rod and that the wiring doesn't look fantastic and the bass is a little noisy. I don't know much about the electronic side of things so I'll have to take it to a luthier. However the feel and sound is too good to let this go. So, I'm willing to put up with this. All in all a fabulous bass, with a huge range of sounds. If all examples were perfect, it would be well worth the asking price. Unfortunately Fender's quality control needs some quality control. I've only given 4 stars for value because of this. Mine was 'blemished' and read more at that price, it's a bargain.

Musical Background:
Been playing since I was 11 ... Started on Keyboards. Now mainly play bass. But still play keys and a little guitar

Musical Style:
Rock, pop, blues, Jazz
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