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No Compromises

January 12, 2012

If you’re like me, you’re fussy about how your bass guitar sounds – you want the rich tone only a vintage provides – but you don’t have the cash to fork out for a true original. This presents a conundrum, and for me, its meant a never ending cycle of compromise, usually culminating in disappointment after a few weeks when I realise the limitations of the new instrument I have purchased (frequency range and ability to stay in tune being the two most important factors, closely followed by tone and sustain).

I recently heard about the new range of bass guitars from, endorsed by, and a sort of tribute to, Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Flea (theRed Hot Chilli Peppers) in action on-stage

These bass guitars promise to provide vintage-grade tone and durability, at an affordable near-budget price (around the $400 mark), and both reviews and general buzz have been favourable. The range is populated with bass guitars featuring the kind of gaudy stylings and garish color schemes associated with the man himself, and the tone is apparently very close to his early bass sound in the RHCPs.

I’ve long been an admirer of Flea’s popping, funky, almost jazz-like bass chops. I’m also always on the lookout for value bass guitars that deliver on their promises (it’s like a never ending quest), so I will probably splash out on one – most likely the Fleabass Junior 3/4 Size Bass Guitar Green and Pink model:

Fleabass Junior 3/4 Size Bass Guitar Green and Pink

Fleabass Junior 3/4 Size Bass Guitar Green and Pink

Guitar ranges endorsed by big name players are often thinly-veiled marketing ploys, with the axes themselves poor copies of the originals, and something the endorsers themselves probably wouldn’t touch with a barge pole. However, I’m not so jaded and cynical to believe that the concept is completely flawed – and it would be great to sound even slightly as good as Flea for the small price of 400 bucks.

Watch this space for my review (maybe).