Fender used the Summer NAMM Show to unveil a host of new instruments, including a new signature bass with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. It’s his second bass with the company after they released a Jazz model two years ago.
“Our artist signature active bass with Flea was designed to complement the Shell Pink Flea Jazz Bass — a reproduction of his beloved recording bass we recreated with him in 2016,” Fender’s Justin Norvell explains. “This new active model is a complete 180 from the super vintage-style of the other; it’s hyper-modern and ready for the stage.”
The Flea Jazz Bass Active sports a custom Jazz Bass body but is defined its humbucking pickup, which is matched to an Aguilar OBP-1 18-volt preamp. As such it has controls for bass and treble as well as a master volume. The bass comes in a satin finish with either Shell Pink or Inca Silver coloring. Other features include a compound radius fingerboard, a quartersawn maple neck, and a four-saddle Hi Mass bridge.
The Fender Flea Jazz Bass Active will be shipping in October with a street price of $1,699.99.
Fender Flea Jazz Bass Active Specs:
|Neck Finish:||Satin Polyurethane|
|Neck Shape:||“C” Shape|
|Fingerboard Radius:||12″-16″ Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Frets Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dots|
|Pickup:||Fender Custom Humbucking|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Treble, Bass|
|Tuning Machines:||Fender Lightweight Vintage-Style Keys with Tapered Shafts|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Dome|
|Body Finish:||Satin Polyurethane|
|Color:||Inca Silver, Shell Pink|