flea fender jazz bass

World-renowned for his distinctively creative jazz/funk sound as the bassist for alt. rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea has brought the bass guitar to all new sonic heights with his truly unique playing style and technique. Fender honors and celebrates this innovative, influential bassist with the Flea Jazz Bass.

“The greatest bass I’ve ever played is this ’61 Fender Jazz Bass. It’s just a magic bass. The weight of it, the way it feels in my hands, the way it plays. When I hold it, it just feels like… AHHHHHH.”

– Flea

Fender has teamed up with the one and only Flea to re-create the custom-color vintage ’61 Jazz Bass played by the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist himself. Sent to Flea by one of his fans, Flea’s beloved ’61 Jazz Bass in Shell Pink can be heard on RHCP’s Stadium Arcadium album as well as on their upcoming LP The Getaway. Flea’s vintage J-Bass was also used to record with supergroup Atoms For Peace.

Just like Flea’s actual bass, the alder body of the Flea Jazz Bass comes dressed in an authentic-style nitrocellulose lacquer finish in Shell Pink (one of Fender’s rarest Custom Color finishes) that’s been faded and Road Worn to reflect the actual finish shade and play wear of Flea’s own bass. The period-correct “C”-shaped maple neck also wears a Road Worn nitrocellulose lacquer finish to provide a genuine old-school, well-played vintage look and feel. Holding true to the original, the rosewood ‘board features a vintage-spec 7.25″ radius, 20 vintage-style frets, and aged white dot inlays.

The Flea Jazz Bass dishes out those warm vintage tones of the Jazz Basses of yesteryear thanks to a set of American-made Pure Vintage ’64 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups. It produces those classic-era Fender tones with exceptional clarity, a well-defined and powerful low-end growl, singing trebles, and a nice punchy midrange. Tailor your sound to perfection with the period-correct stacked concentric control knobs featuring independent Volume and Tone controls for each pickup.

The Flea Jazz Bass comes complete comes complete with a 3-ply tortoiseshell pickguard and nickel/chrome hardware including a special engraved neck plate featuring Flea’s own artwork, a vintage-style 4-saddle bridge, Fender vintage-style tuners, and knurled chrome/black concentric knobs. Includes deluxe gig bag.

  • Made in the image of Flea’s actual vintage ’61 Jazz Bass
  • Road Worn nitrocellulose lacquer finish in rare Shell Pink
  • Period-correct “C”-shaped maple neck with Road Worn nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Rosewood fretboard with vintage-correct 7.25” radius and vintage-style frets
  • American-made Pure Vintage ’64 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups
  • Special neck plate engraved with Flea’s own artwork
  • Vintage-accurate nickel/chrome hardware
  • Includes deluxe gig bag