Gear Watch: The Fleabass
Flea announced his own line of affordable basses at last year’s NAMM show, dubbed the Fleabass. The basses, designed by Flea, come in junior and full-scale configurations with colorful, high gloss finishes.
The basses are a part of a broader goal for Flea. As we covered in November, Flea has his own non-profit music school, The Silverlake Conservatory of Music. The school offers scholarships and affordable music lessons to children and families who cannot afford them.
- String-through-body design
- Passive, dual-coil “Humbucking” pick-up with Alnico metal core
- Fully adjustable cast metal bridge/tailpiece
- 20 frets
- 34″ scale for the Standard, 30″ scale for the Junior
- Solid alder body
- Solid maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard
The Standard model carries an MSRP of $499, and the Junior is $399.
To further help the school, Flea is offering signed basses for sale, with proceeds benefitting the Conservatory.
Keith Barry, Dean and Co-Founder of the Conservatory commented, “The Silverlake Conservatory of Music is happy and proud to be associated with the Fleabass. These fine instruments reflect our music school’s commitment to affordable basic music education. As a music teacher I am thrilled with the quality, playability and dynamite looks of the Fleabass!”