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Modulus Guitars Flea FB4 Bass Guitar
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The energy and vision of Red Hot Chili Pepper's Flea inspired Modulus to create a bass guitar that bears his name. Now it's becoming a choice for pla...Click To Read More About This Product
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A Flea bass for everyone.
The energy and vision of Red Hot Chili Pepper's Flea inspired Modulus to create a bass guitar that bears his name. Now it's becoming a choice for players making their own names. The Flea Bass 4 has a uniquely shaped double-cutaway alder body. Space age carbon fiber neck has a compound-radius composite fingerboard, pearl dot top position markers, and bidirectional relief adjusting rod. The Basslines MM pickup is controlled by an Aguilar active preamp. Includes hardshell case.
In the quest for neck-snapping, butt-shaking, groove-making tone, the Modulus FB4's carbon fiber neck will give you a huge head start. Each neck is a lightweight, ultra-rigid D-shaped shell made from dozens of layers of hand-formed, aerospace-grade, epoxy-impregnated carbon fibers. It rules for producing unclouded, even tone with abundant low and high harmonics. Because carbon fiber telegraphs attack more quickly than conventional wood necks, it also aids articulation and clearly pronounces attack dynamics. A nonstructural relief adjusting system adjusts in both directions, allowing for underbow and overbow. And your maintenance woes are over. Carbon fiber is totally impervious to the ravages of moisture and temperature changes. From fit to finish, this neck is pure bass voodoo.
Double-cutaway alder body
Space age carbon fiber neck
Compound radius composite fingerboard
Pearl dot position markers
Bi-directional relief adjusting rod
Basslines MM pickup
Master volume and 2-band EQ
1.56" nut width
2.45" width at 22nd fret
19mm string spacing
Aguilar active preamp
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Reviewed by 30 customers
I have two Modulus basses a Flea FB4 and a Quantum 4. They both have a great modern sound, that I use for that type job. The Q-4 developed a separation problem with the phenolic fretboard splitting from the composite neck. It show a separation from the top fret to the G# on the E string. I treat my basses with great care so I do not know why this happened.This is where the major problem comes in. Only Modulus can answer the questions I have. I called the dealers, guitar techs, etc...they all tell me to cantact Modulus. I have tried & tried. Called many, many times to customer service..nothing...e-mail customer service numerous times...NOTHING. So I have a bass that the fretboard is comming apart and can get NO answer. This is very, very poor "customer service". As long as the bass hold together it is a very fine instrument, but if you have a problem...you are sunk.
This bass is simply amazing. Very comfortable neck and a very responsive pickup. The carbon fiber neck creates even response across the board (no dead spots here!). Of course $2500 is a serious amount of dough to fork over, but I firmly believe that you can spend a ton more money than this and not find a better product. I'm nit-picking here, but the only thing I would change about this bass is that you have to unscrew the back panel off to change the 9v batteries. A separate access to the batteries would be nice.
The sound in your head truly is the sound in this bass. Incredibly versatile, lots of punch, crystal clear tones across the fretboard, impeccable craftsmanship...What more could one want? The neck is absolutely wonderful, as are the balance and finish. The electronics have a nice bite to their sound. It's one of the best investments you could possibly make in your life.
The carbon neck is really different due to its light weight and super-even fret response. Some players will not prefer it but I think that's nitpicking. Try this bass and you'll be impressed with the feel of the neck for sure, it's an incredible technological advance for the instrument.
My bass teacher has this bass and it is a BEAUTY!! Modulus Flea FB4 Bass has an outstandingly amazing tone. Probably the best bass sound i have ever heard. Its a little pricey but Flea's signature ain't gonna be cheap.
This bass has got to be one of the most best playing axes in the world, maybe even in the universe. Before I got this bass, I thought it was just like any other bass, but no way. The neck is so smooth and silky, no wonder Flea can play those sophisticated funk lines. It is also versatile, I can beat the crap out of it and it will withstand my neglection, or I could caress it like a baby and it will play the smoothest tones. The adjusting rod also allows me to make the the strings slack against the fretboard for that funky punk sound. The Red Hot Chili Peppers wouldn't be successful today without Flea. This bass made it possible for him. I love this bass!
I got my modulus from e-bay, over a year ago. it is in the VERY low serial numbers. It is one of the first 20 off of the new production line w/ fleas smiley face signature on the headstock. it has the bartolini ntbt tone system with a REAL lane poor humbucker. there isnt a single dead spot on the neck, however this bass requires frequent string changes. once they get 'old' the sound of the bass quickly diminishes, despite amp eq'ing and bass preamp adjustments. still, i love this bass and have recorded with it as well as it as my main bass on stage. it can really take a beating, and i do slap the crap out of it. how could you treat it any other way?
I have owned this bass for over a year now and i love it!!! I was looking for a 5 but when i saw this ended up trading in my old for because this bass sounded and felt so good. The Graphite neck is great sooo solid and super long sustain. I have done a buch of recording as well as playing live and this bass tends to sit very nicly in the mix. Although it has only bass and treble you can get a huge variety of tones from this bass. For an active bass this is the best sounding one i have heard or played. I want the 5 String!
I love playing this bass. All eyes are on you when you play it and it sounds even better than it looks. Huge output, and amazing clarity!
This thing rocks! The sound is amazing, and is perfect for slap (which i like to play), but it's also surprisingly able at any style you throw at it. The neck is awesome, up in Canada the cold detunes my wood necked basses. not this thing. the feeling is super solid and playing it is very easy and accessible. Intonation and sustain are insane! Bottom line, if you have the cash, you won't be disappointed.
I have owned my FB4 for a couple of years now and do not plan on upgrading ever again. I have not found a bass that is comparable to this in regards to sound, look, and feel! The tone is very distinct and this thing sounds great in any style of play. If you want versatility and quality across the board go with this. A little pricey, but if you got it, go for it.
This bass is like playing heaven! I just got it yesterday, and it is the single best bass I have ever played, and I have played almost every bass. It may seem a little steep in price, but the features of this bass and its great looks are definitely worth it.
I own a very "shop worn", and accordingly, well priced early model with Bartolini pickups. The selling factors included its resistance to neck warping and feedback, as well as its sonic versitility. On the right amp, this instrument can go from 2006 back to to 1966. Often, I run mine in stereo with two different brands of 1x12s. (Think 2006 and 1966 again.) My biggest surprise was finding I can fly on this neck in comparison with other basses I've owed or, thankfully, borrowed. As a result, I sold my other basses and some signal processors I used to use to "improve" my sound.
I've been saving up for this bass for a very long time and I must say it was worth every second of hard labor. When I first played it I was immediately impressed with how much brighter and fuller of a tone it had than any other bass I had ever played. But when I started adjusting the string height and messing with the tone is when the amazement really started. I can get almost ANY tone I want out of this bass if I set it right. The carbon fiber neck leads to domination on the frets. I have also lowered to action to levels that would kill any other bass and there isn't a dead spot on this thing. I'm running it through a GK BackLine 112 amp and I can get any of Flea's tones with ease. I don't ever plan on using another bass other than the Modulus Flea Bass. It truly is amazing and worth every penny.
After playing this bass, i doubt that i will play anything else. The Modulus bass has the most unique and distinct tone I have heard, it sounds great no matter what style is played. The carbon fiber neck ensures that you will get consistent performance for a long time to come.
I have had this bass for about 10 months now, and it is probably the one bass that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Im a family friend of the CEO, and i got this as a gift for my 16th birthday, and i love it. I go to NAMM every summer and i have played almost every bass there, and none compare to my flea. Whether you play it with your fingers, a pick, or just plain slap the hell out of it, the electronics in this bass give you the perfect sound.
Bass sounds and plays wonderfully, but features could use work. Battery section was disappointing.
The graphite neck makes this bass quick. The tone is warm and fat and rich no matter where you are on the neck. This bass smokes the Musicman. Even straight into the amp, it sounds great!!
From the moment I picked it up, I could feel the superior craftsmanship. I played it through an SWR Super Redhead and the sounds that came out were absolutely amazing!
I have played Warick, Fender, Ibanez and PRS, but I have never played a bass that felt and sounded better than the Modulus Flea Bass. Modulus is THE company for serious bass players!