2022: Most sold basses via Reverb - Fender Bass VI at #1?

Who would have thought that Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary could have had that much influence? To be fair the documentary showed a Fender Bass VI (not currently in production) and the most sold was a Squier CV VI. It was 6th in 2021.

Article is here. Ranked list of 2022 bass sales on Reverb is below:

  1. Squier Classic Vibe VI
  2. Fender Player Precision Bass
  3. Fender Offset Series Mustang Bass PJ / Gretsch Junior Jet II
  4. Squier Affinity Precision Bass PJ
  5. Rickenbacker 4003
  6. Sterling StingRay Ray4
  7. Fender American Professional II Precision
  8. Squier Affinity Bronco Bass
  9. Fender Player Jazz Bass / JB-62 Jazz
  10. Ibanez GSRM20 Gio Mikro
  11. Squier Affinity Jazz Bass
  12. Ibanez SR300E Soundgear Standard
  13. Hofner Ignition Pro Violin Bass
  14. Fender Precision Bass (1970-'83)
  15. Fender Standard Jazz Bass / American Professional II Jazz Bass / Squier Classic Vibe '70s Jazz Bass
  16. Squier Classic Vibe '70s Precision
  17. Squier Classic Vibe '60s Jazz
  18. Squier Classic Vibe '60s Precision
  19. Fender Player Mustang Bass PJ
  20. Squier Classic Vibe '50s Precision

this list makes me sad :face_with_raised_eyebrow:


That’s cool. I got no GAS for any of those. :man_shrugging:

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Too much Fender?




Why sad?

Good for Fender. I’ve got two basses on the list, and most of my other ones are Fender adjacent.

They’re less than perfect but sound and play great.

Now if I could get a Stream with a P pickup I’d be in heaven

Hey, people wanted to get rid of them… :rofl:


“Too much Fender”


I find it hard to believe that they sell more Rickenbacker 4003’s than Sterling Ray4’s.


Sounds about right except for the first one well maybe that right too.

Fender in general are commodities people bought and sold them. Very few are worth keeping. I’m not surprised.


Coupled with the fact that they have a strong cult of loyalists they are also ubiquitous at this point. I am not surprised either.

(I am very very happy with my P-bass - it’s become my favorite in fact - but that list is hilarious, sorry :slight_smile: )


I completely agree.


I’m with you, Al.


i think i come across as a fender hater and i’m not. i like a few of their models and more importantly fully appreciate their place in history. i just really am annoyed by (as howard said) their ubiquitousness. the stories of people being insulted, or worse thrown out of recording studios or band practices for not having one really pisses me off.


In psychology @itsratso I think this is called the Bandwagon effect. People like to follow the crowd.

Fender are a huge American success story. People recognize the brand name and that’s how we get to that list. But I don’t understand getting annoyed at a successful manufacturer. It’s like being mad at the Ford motor company.

Also if people don’t want you in a band because you don’t have a Fender bass. Then I’d want nothing to do with those assholes.

I suspect the actual percentage of this occurring is pretty small

If anyone is interested there’s a fabulous interesting podcast about psychology which isn’t academic. It’s easily accessible and just fun to listen to the aspects of why we behave like we do.

There’s a great book about how odd our brain is. I’d highly recommend Predictability Irrational. Fun read, full of real world experiments to test out his theories.


yep. but as one who has spent his whole lifetime wanting to do exactly the opposite of what everyone else does…

i thought rock and roll was supposed to be about rebellion :rofl:


What a great group of resources @Barney ! Thank you for those. I went from a life time recreational people watcher, just curious about our human differences, to a meatball surgery à la Alan Alda in MASH really trying to understand human nature better going through recovery the last six years. It’s so great that we have resources available that decades ago would’ve cost someone a mortgage to access.


I am not a collector. I buy things and use them. When I no longer need them, I sell them.
For that reason, in most cases, I choose popular brands/models that fit my need. It is easier to sell them later.
I am not a Fender fanboy. They are VW of guitars. Plenty to choose from, easy to sell.