Fender has unveiled the Flea Signature Active Jazz Bass. This axe is the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist’s second signature model and, true to his off-kilter style, has an arresting design and booming sonic appointments.
Built for powerful stadium rock, this four-string features a single, Tim Shaw-designed Fender Custom Humbucking pickup at the bridge. That’s wired to an Aguilar OBP-1 18-volt preamp, which is capable of issuing up to 18dB of boost. Controls include master volume, treble and bass knurled dome knobs.
Another highlight is the signature model’s custom-crafted Jazz Bass body, which is made from alder and coated in a classy satin polyurethane finish. Rounding out the bass’ features are a couple of appointments that enhance playability: a smooth, C-shape quartersawn maple neck and a maple fretboard with a 12- to 16-inch compound radius.
Hardware on the bass is fairly standard, but it does have a four-saddle HiMass bridge and an engraved custom neck plate designed by Flea himself.
We’ll let the bassist complete the introduction here:
Available in Inca Silver and Shell Pink. Retails for $1,699.99. More information at fender.com.