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Basses Compared to Cars

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Jipley0, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. Jipley0


    Nov 25, 2013
    Edmonton, Alberta
    I'm probably completely off with this whole concept, but it seems like a funny idea. I'm trying to compare basses with automotive manufacturers.

    When I started to think about it, Fender seemed to remind me of Ford. Fenders were original, innovative, and relatively inexpensive. I'm thinking Music Man basses are like Chevrolets in the fact that they are reliable and also fairly common. Ibanez instantly reminded me of Toyota due to their manufacturing in Japan and wide range of quality (200$ starter bass to 1600$ Prestige models).

    Then it started getting foggy and I was just making random connections. I think LTD basses (excluding the ESP counterpart, not sure where they end up) are most similar to KIAs. They're inexpensive and often people think they're the best bang for your buck if you're starting out.

    Sadowsky = Mercedes
    Fodera =BMW
    And IMHO Dingwall = (insert favorite car here)
  2. Music Man deserves better: Lexus or at the very least Acura.
  3. frnjplayer


    Feb 3, 2014
    I'll play.
    My TRB4 is kind of like an old Porsche 911. A bit beat up and no longer the best looking car on the road but the mechanicals are perfect and it's a blast to drive.. the OLP 5? More of a 4X4. It feels big and solid and can go anywhere but it isn't a sports car.
  4. theretheyare

    theretheyare Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Fender = Ford is right on the mark. Because the P-bass is the Ford T-model - and it shows how conservative bass players are - if this mentality were valid for the car buying public Ford would still be making T-Fords and T-Ford derivatives as their main product. (as no doubt Ford would it like to be) :)

    Based on that I'd say Sadowsky is Cadillac and Alembic is Duesenberg.

    I cant think of any bass brand where the engineering quality and forward thinking design meets commercial success and public acceptance on the level of BMW and Mercedes.
  5. Jipley0


    Nov 25, 2013
    Edmonton, Alberta
    The reason I related Music Man to Chevrolet is because of how reliable they are, and how long they've been used. Both Lexus and Acura are owned by larger companies (Toyota and Honda respectively) so I can see where you're coming from. Maybe a more fitting description is Sterling = Chev and Cadillac = MM (both owned by GM).

    And on that note, I also think Yamaha = Honda. Again with location of manufacturing, wide variety of quality and also how they produce multiple different goods. Lawnmowers for Honda and other musical instruments for Yamaha, haha.
  6. Amara

    Amara Fumble-Fingered Beginner

    Jan 13, 2014
    Kala U-Bass == Smart Car
  7. George Himmel

    George Himmel

    May 16, 2009
    The east coast?
    Former Manager, Bass San Diego
    It's funny, I do this all the time. Especially with smaller European makers, since there are so many small, independent exotic car workshops in Europe!
  8. squirefan


    Nov 22, 2009
    Lansing, Ks.
    Could this be subliminal?

    I think a Ric could be a diesel pick-up.
  9. Carl Thompson = Maybach.

    I'm out.
  10. Jipley0


    Nov 25, 2013
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Yes!! You caught on! :D Ric being a diesel pickup makes sense, but they don't make enough other instruments to categorize under automotive companies, North American anyway.
  11. themarshall


    Jun 26, 2008
    cochrane wi
    Fender, Musicman, G&L = Ford, Lincoln, Mercury
  12. EricssonB


    Apr 5, 2011
    CoSpgs, CO.
    Hey that works.

    I'd say the Fender P is more akin to the F-150; model Ts were obviously superseded, but the basic truck has been around for like forever.
  13. Squier = Toyota
    Fodera = Ferrari, not BMW (Vinnie would agree)
  14. Fender05


    Oct 20, 2008
    Warwick=Audi. Both made in Germany. Both are on the higher end of the scale, but there's still basses/cars that are better/more luxurious (Alembic, Fodera/Rolls Royce, Bentley)
  15. Jipley0


    Nov 25, 2013
    Edmonton, Alberta
    You're getting into company histories where I'm unsure of what Fender actually owns and doesn't own so I'll just have to nod and agree. :oops:

    This is exactly what I was going for! Entire companies related to other companies. :D
  16. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester

    Gibson: DeSoto
  17. Haha! Right on the money!
  18. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    Rickenbacker is clearly DeLorean.
  19. rupture

    rupture Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    No Way ! Rics are like an old muscle car. No longer the fastest or the most comfortable, but you still stop and admire it driving by
  20. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    Spector= ferarri. Sleek, sexy powerful, timeless, old yet modern high quality distinctive engine note and bad ass!