Bassbuzz Demographics (a poll)

Too true about Josh. I’m waiting for him to do a video on how to dance properly while playing the bass too. :rofl:

He’s just full of good energy.

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There’s probably more amazing guitar-based music being made right now than at any other point in history. Just not all of it is stadium rock.

There has been a huge democratization in making music. It’s easier to record and produce and and get it out to people now than it ever has been. I think the Fender guy quoted in that article is actually spot on. Now is the time to get people to stick with the instrument, because there’s a hell of a lot more people actually making music now than there were back in the '80s - and I say that as someone who was in a gigging band in the '80s :slight_smile:

That article cites Gibson as dropping from $2.1 to $1.7 billion in revenue last year. For comparison, in 1985, Gibson did less than $10M in worldwide revenue.

Granted, most of that was consumer electronics. But even discounting the 75% quoted as their consumer electronics share, that’s still a solid $400M in 2018 from their traditional products. Even adjusted for inflation, that’s 20 times the business they were doing in the mid-80s.

From the article, the overall industry sold a half billion dollars of guitars - 1.13 million units - in 2014. That’s just guitars, not all the related money-making goods.

The quote in the WaPo piece about the industry not being sustainable as it currently is is probably accurate - but that’s more because the industry has grown huge, not because no one is buying guitars :slight_smile:

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I ate a banana just before reading your post. Sneaky vegan propaganda: is that the subliminal message in the videos? :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

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The only full length piece of music I have ‘recorded’ is actually a couple of tracks built from samples. Not a live instrument on them. Yet. I think there must be a lot of people making music without being able to play anything more than 2 finger keyboard. And that’s just fine.

We’re veering of-topic here (would we ever do that?), but I wonder how many guitar manufacturers there are now compared to, say, the mid 80’s at the height of the guitar band revival (certainly here in the UK). It seems to me that we all have a massive choice - if we ignore budget.

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Then there was the huge BritPop wave of the '90s, then the resurgence of post-punk tinged stadium rock thing in the 2000s, and… basically your country has been cranking out great guitar music for decades nonstop :slight_smile:

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My take is everything goes in cycles. Right now pop music (for the most part) is nothing by computer harmonized vocals, computer generated beats for drums, bass, little to no guitar. (some arent) Not my taste at all. I feel like Corey from SlipKnot where he was quoted in an interview as saying “Everytime I hear Pop music I feel a small part of my soul being ripped away” (LOL…nothing like the overdramatic…but than again its Corey).

And the more metal advances (and the more I play bass) I find myself going back to the 70’s, 60’s rock music. To me I feel there is MUCH more artistic creativity back then. Not that there isnt some really good bands in metal now…but you just cant beat going back to one’s roots!

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I’m SITS (stuck in the seventies) myself . . . :slight_smile:

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He appeared on the quiz show Q.I. which was originally presented by Stephen Fry so that gives you an idea of the intellectual level it’s pitched at, and Corey was by far the, erm, ‘least involved’ guest they’d ever had on it. Seemed like a fun guy and they all had a laugh but he looked like he thought he was on the wrong show. I’m sure he belted out a loud screaming note or two. Not sure that has any relevance here but you mentioned his name and that popped into my head.

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62 yrs, Colorado, retired, first time learning to play bass. Lots of time to practice and go thru the B2B course these next few days, I’ll be snowed in. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Incompetent newbie who barely has Billie Jean - Slow Workout done (somewhat) at your service. :smile:

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I’m guessing you must be around 120 years old then?

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There’s got to be an application for a good diesel boat – I just can’t think of one right now…:laughing:

I’m in the 1% haha wow. Well i’m happy if anyone is making music, especially older people it seems sadly give up on music as they feel their time to shine has gone. But music is therapeutic, even if you play alone or just jam with mates, and it’s good for the brain. Never stop playing, i will rock even when i’ve got my degree and in my boring career! :metal:t4:

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You are not only in the 1%, but you are THE ONE!!!

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