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"Punk Bass" Custom FB4 (serial no. 000307)

Michael Peter "Flea" Balzary

Not on view

Flea’s most recognizable bass guitar from his career with the Red Hot Chili Peppers is this custom instrument made by Modulus, a maker known for its basses that combine traditional woods with materials more common in the field of aerospace engineering. Flea covered the red, white, and blue bass in stickers featuring his favorite punk bands, nicknamed it the “Punk bass,” and used it extensively for the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ By the Way album and tour (2002–3). Modulus produced a Flea signature model bass based on this design.

Technical Description:
Alder body, carbon fiber neck, phenolic resin fingerboard; 34 in. scale; red, white, and blue finish; bolt-on neck with pearloid dot inlays; black Modulus logo decal on headstock; one active humbucking pickup with master volume control, treble and bass boost/cut controls; chrome Quan Badass Bridge, black tuning machines on one side with two string trees, chrome knobs; stickers added

"Punk Bass" Custom FB4 (serial no. 000307), Modulus, Alder, carbon fiber, phenolic resin, metal, plastic

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