New Flea Jazz Bass

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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by BazzBass » 12 Jul 2016, 21:57

Classic5 wrote:
Petebass wrote:Wonder what crazy price it'll be in Australia :/
Probably like all bass gear, about double the US price, sigh
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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by RickG » 13 Jul 2016, 16:16

Classic5 wrote:Interesting fact I just found out while reading about this bass........Flea (Michael Balzary) was born in Mount Waverley, Melbourne. Just a few suburbs away.

Sorry....nothing to do with the bass, just an interesting bit of trivia.
yeah, apparently his father was a diplomat. Don't think he lived here for long

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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by Bassic Playing » 13 Jul 2016, 19:23

Pretty sure he still owns a place in Byron Bay though.

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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by brucebruce » 13 Jul 2016, 19:46

Love this bass... great addition to the RW range.
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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by Heath » 13 Jul 2016, 20:19

Bassic Playing wrote:Pretty sure he still owns a place in Byron Bay though.
somewhere on the central coast too
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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by veebass » 13 Jul 2016, 20:29

Classic5 wrote:
Petebass wrote:Has he used a J Bass often enough to warrant this?
Probably not, but it's a nice looking bass nevertheless. Now if they'd only fix the truss rod access on these things so you don't need to remove the neck to make adjustments that would be just awesome.

Wonder what crazy price it'll be in Australia :/
I have 5 heal adjustable Fender basses- Four I can adjust without even taking the pickguard off, one (an MIJ Sting P Bass) I have to take the guard off to get at it properly. The guard on these Flea Jazzes looks to be notched so the truss adjustment shouldn't be too difficult to get at.
From the looks of it- it would be minimum $2K to land one new from the US with shipping and taxes- so I expect Fender Australia will price them above that.
I also wouldn't be too worried about them being MIM either- the last two MIM Fenders I bought were great basses.
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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by jasebass » 18 Jul 2016, 14:12

http://www.basscentre.com.au/products/f ... e4cf10dcd0

$2149 from bass centre and it is MIM.

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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by aphekgreg » 18 Jul 2016, 14:15

jasebass wrote:http://www.basscentre.com.au/products/f ... e4cf10dcd0

$2149 from bass centre and it is MIM.
I just received the email (as I'm sure a lot of did) too.
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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by veebass » 18 Jul 2016, 14:37

aphekgreg wrote:
jasebass wrote:http://www.basscentre.com.au/products/f ... e4cf10dcd0

$2149 from bass centre and it is MIM.
I just received the email (as I'm sure a lot of did) too.
I would expect one helluva a hit in buying one new, if you wanted to sell it.
Nice looking bass, though.
Tempted but not at that price.
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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by bassmaniac69 » 18 Jul 2016, 15:55

Heath wrote:
Bassic Playing wrote:Pretty sure he still owns a place in Byron Bay though.
somewhere on the central coast too
Yep, In Congo NSW. I had the great pleasure of delivering some Mesa/Boogie gear in December 1994 to his place (400+, 2 x 15 and and 4 x 10 if I remember correctly) and meeting him. Nice guy and one hell of a view!

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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by absolutlytonedeaf » 18 Jul 2016, 16:50

Beautiful looking bass and I would love to buy one , but,
may sound a bit cynical but as previously stated by a forum member, Flea wouldn't need an endorsement
from anyone, purely a commercial decision by Fender to clone his bass or am I stating the obvious?
and yeah I agree that you would take a big hit if you flipped it.
Let me know when your offloading one!
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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by rudager » 18 Jul 2016, 17:38

absolutlytonedeaf wrote:Beautiful looking bass and I would love to buy one , but,
may sound a bit cynical but as previously stated by a forum member, Flea wouldn't need an endorsement
from anyone, purely a commercial decision by Fender to clone his bass or am I stating the obvious?
and yeah I agree that you would take a big hit if you flipped it.
Let me know when your offloading one!
IMHO for what its worth
I'd suspect it has nothing to do with endorsement, and everything to do with taking to opportunity to bring a unique special bass to the people, much like the Geddy Lee signature. Probably born out of the idea of cloning the original so it doesn't have to risk being out on the road anymore.

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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by simotek » 18 Jul 2016, 18:27

absolutlytonedeaf wrote:Beautiful looking bass and I would love to buy one , but,
may sound a bit cynical but as previously stated by a forum member, Flea wouldn't need an endorsement
from anyone, purely a commercial decision by Fender to clone his bass or am I stating the obvious?
and yeah I agree that you would take a big hit if you flipped it.
Let me know when your offloading one!
IMHO for what its worth
Well if you look at most of the basses he's played in the last 10 years there not even close to Jazz Basses so its hardly a clone of his existing basses so who knows why he's swapped to them.

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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by sic608 » 18 Jul 2016, 18:37

I personally dont think that its to retire his jazz. To be honest i didnt even know he used one :red face I always thought he used an older modulus. I very much doubt it would actually sound the same as the original. Dont think any clone/ copy bass would despite what they do to replicate one.

In the end its never the same piece of wood with the same moisture aging etc.

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Re: New Flea Jazz Bass

Post by rudager » 18 Jul 2016, 21:01

Each to their own I guess. I think it's a cool idea. Ever since I heard that thing on Stadium Arcadium, and seen a few live sets with him playing it, I've thought it was pretty special. I've already got 3 excellent Js so at that price I'm not very keen, but I can see why it's a good thing.
He's mostly used the Modulus live for the last 15 years or so because the graphite is super stable for world touring, and the sound cuts through any PA on the planet - but he's recorded everything and done all local and side gigs with the jazz or one of his Ps.

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