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.
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.
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.