ok Tbers I look at the classifieds alot on here and I'm just wondering why do you only see Fender and Squier bass parts for sale,bodies ,necks ,hardware pups etc. etc,you hardly see Ibanez ,musicman, etc. etc. all parted out like that...:confused:
Lots of folks like to build Franken-Fenders. (I'm one of them.) They're easy to part out, and the parts are interchangeable in many cases (i.e. J neck on a P body, etc). It's a relatively cheap/easy way to get a bass that more closely matches your personal preferences as compared to true custom builds. Plus, there are tons of aftermarket parts that are manufactured with the standard Fender measurements.
Far fewer people do that to other brands, simply because the body shapes, neck pockets, etc. are more specific to each individual model than with Fenders.
Nothing to add That's the right answer.
It's just a great way to get what you want when Fender doesn't offer it. I'm a "P-bass 'Til I Die" kinda guy, but I picked up an American Special J in a store, and the "Slim C" neck felt like it was made for my hands. I also have an affinity for matte finishes because they're smooth and I like the way they age.
My solution: American Special J neck, Highway 1 P body, hardware and electronics to taste. Voila. Ended up with my favorite bass ever. I got a fun project out of it and saved hundreds as compared to a custom build.
When one buys a non Fender product, one doesn't need to ;).
The easy interchangeability of parts Leo chose as the baseline for his business model has two distinctive drawbacks as far as a general business model goes.
#1 It restricts the designs because certain key dimensions are "set in stone".
#2 It allows anyone to offer replacement parts, thus reducing the profit.
On the other hand, allowing a separate market from the parent market to develope inside and around a business model can and sometimes will (Fender, IBM, Harley Davidson, etc.) actually boost the sales and even keep the company afloat through tuff times.
Ibanez for example chose a different path after the realization that they don't need to copy **** in order to make a Yen, most necks/bodies aren't interchangeable with eachother, and definitely not with Fender products.
I'd say that need/desire to mod something that's easy to mod (and easiness to buy/sell) is the reason for the low amount of Ibby and other non Fender parts in the classifieds.
Harley Davidson is the perfect comparison to Fender basses.
Been around forever, extremely popular, kept dimensions the same for decades, HUGE aftermarket presence.
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