Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has announced its collaboration with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ innovator and bassist Flea for the launch of the Flea Jazz Bass, as part of the Fender Signature Series.
The collaboration sees Fender and Flea having crafted a precise recreation of his classic Shell Pink ’61 Jazz Bass, focusing on every last detail of his most beloved instrument. “The ’61 Fender Jazz Bass is magic. It’s truly the greatest bass I’ve ever played,” says Flea. “Fender embodies everything I love about music and individuality. It reflects the soul of rock, punk, R&B and funk. It’s this bass that pushes me to give more each time I play. The Flea Jazz Bass is a true resurrection and possesses that wave of energy a bass should give you when it’s in your hands.”
“Flea is a hugely influential and innovative musician and icon of the modern bass,” adds Justin Norvell Vice President, Category, Electric Guitars and Basses. “We are honoured to have such an incredible talent as part of the Fender Signature Series, and to capture and share his unique vision through this incredible bass.”
Handcrafted in Ensenada, MX, the Flea Jazz Bass possesses an offset alder body and eye-catching Road Worn® faded shell pink nitrocellulose lacquer finish, perfectly replicating his personal instrument as it exists today – complete with playing wear. This signature bass plays fast and easy with a 20-fret C-shaped maple neck, 7.25″ radius rosewood fingerboard, and 1.5″ wide nut. Each bass is loaded with dual Pure Vintage ’64 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups and comes with a 4-bolt neck plate with engraved artwork by Flea.