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    Red face FLEA - All MUSIC MAN basses

    Hello,

    I made a video that might be interesting for you

    FLEA's 1st RHCP bass - MUSIC MAN Cutlass I - YouTube


    If you know something more, write here.

    Any additional information will be helpful.


    Thanks for watching,
    Bart

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    I wish that guy could get the cover of Bass Player magazine.

    Ha.

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    Cool videos, I enjoyed watching them, you’ve done a lot of research!
    The adventures in spontaneous jamming video he did with River Phoenix. I remember buying that on vhs from a local music shop when I was a kid. (and years later on dvd) thinking I was to learn so much from the master lol but that was about it as far as tutorials went. Not the best of tutorial vids but fun to watch.
    Cheers for that

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    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    Bongo 5HH. Firemist Purple. 2019
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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    Not the best of tutorial vids but fun to watch.
    Cheers for that
    Yes! It is definitely one of those VHS/DVDs which are more suited to fans than actually learning the bass.

    Thanks for watching!

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    He's such an incredible player who really never gets his due from bass guitar fans.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    Excellent!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bart_funk View Post
    What do you mean?
    I think there's a lot of love for Flea amongst bass players but also quite a lot of criticism and scorn from others - not sure why but when you hear of alleged bass players referring to Jaco's work as aimless noodling it seems players who are advanced in technique - or even dare to use certain techniques (eg slapping, tapping) attract moaners!!

    Thanks for posting these - they're really interesting compilations - in one of the videos with the black SR4, when he turns around it looks like the back of the neck on the headstock is the Cutlass 1 - I wonder if he de-stickered it at some point or maybe swapped the neck? The other thing is he's been filmed using, I think the Sterling for recording in more recent years. He clearly likes Musicman basses and really the Modulus is similar to the Cutlass 1, whilst his current bass is really a Stingray copy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bart_funk View Post
    Yes! It is definitely one of those VHS/DVDs which are more suited to fans than actually learning the bass.

    Thanks for watching!
    Definitely. If said Flea had nothing to do with buying my first StingRay I’d be lying

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    Bongo 5HH. Firemist Purple. 2019
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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    Quote Originally Posted by drTStingray View Post
    in one of the videos with the black SR4, when he turns around it looks like the back of the neck on the headstock is the Cutlass 1 - I wonder if he de-stickered it at some point or maybe swapped the neck? The other thing is he's been filmed using, I think the Sterling for recording in more recent years. He clearly likes Musicman basses and really the Modulus is similar to the Cutlass 1, whilst his current bass is really a Stingray copy!!
    Timecode?

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    whilst his current bass is really a Stingray copy!!
    and it sounds like crap...


    Quote Originally Posted by drTStingray View Post
    I think the Sterling for recording in more recent years.
    He has never used Sterling in the RHCP recordings. Last 23 years were Modulus and 61' Jazz Bass.


    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    Definitely. If said Flea had nothing to do with buying my first StingRay I’d be lying
    In my case, I bought it because I loved Flea.


    I just did a video on Wall MK II:
    FLEA’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik BASS - WAL MK II - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    He's such an incredible player who really never gets his due from bass guitar fans.
    Exactly. :-)

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    Would be kinda nice to have a guide to which songs are playing / where.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    Quote Originally Posted by bart_funk View Post
    Timecode?



    and it sounds like crap...




    He has never used Sterling in the RHCP recordings. Last 23 years were Modulus and 61' Jazz Bass.




    In my case, I bought it because I loved Flea.


    I just did a video on Wall MK II:
    FLEA’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik BASS - WAL MK II - YouTube
    I couldn't find that on rewatching it but I thought showed the back of the graphite neck momentarily - I think it must have been the light.

    There is a You Tube comparison of Modulus Flea v Fender Jazz Flea (active plus Ray pick up style version), v Stingray Special. The Fender sounds a bit like a 2 band Stingray - the Modulus and Musicman sound fatter.

    I can't remember where I saw that film with Flea playing the Sterling - it was around the time of the album Stadium Arcadium - he certainly has only used Modulus and the 61 Jazz and Stingray Jazz copy live (I haven't heard the latest one live with the band but his original Jazz sounded far too thin and not aggressive for the classic RHCP stuff - having heard that, it was no surprise to me when he started using the Modulus again) - what he's used in the studio in recent years who knows - except he went through a period using the Jazz in the early/mid 2000s) - is there a true definitive list he's published of the more recent stuff? As I say he was playing the black Sterling in video footage (studio) in the mid/late 2000s.
    Last edited by drTStingray; 09-21-2020 at 06:14 PM.

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    Bass Player magazine journalist was invited to his house in 2006, and Flea showed him a couple of grooves on MM Sterling. Probably the bass that was the closest.


    I did another video on early Flea's MM:
    FLEA's 1st MUSIC MAN mystery REVEALED - UPDATE! - YouTube

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