Companies that sell more basses than guitars.

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  1. Lo-E

    Lo-E

    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    EBMM and Rickenbacker sell an awful lot of guitars.

    I’m not so sure about Carvin/Kiesel or G&L but I’ve certainly seen an awful lot of their guitars around, too.

    I suspect there are a lot more Warwick basses sold in the US than Framus guitars but I don’t know if that’s true in Europe.

    The bottom line is that there are far more guitarists than bassists so any company that’s known for making both is likely to sell more guitars.

    The only likely exceptions would be companies that started as bass manufacturers but also make a small number of guitars like Sadowsky, Elrick or Fodera. Heck, even Carl Thompson has made a few guitars but I don’t think anybody would categorize him as a guitar maker.
     
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  2. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    They have gotten very popular in the last 5-10 years. I see them everywhere now.
     
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  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Carl Thompson
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  4. BassDaddy77

    BassDaddy77

    Feb 12, 2010
    NE Ohio
    Very true. I tend to forget how outnumbered we lowenders are, lol.
     
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  5. alembicbones

    alembicbones

    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    Clearly Alembic is way more in the bass world but like above post by The Owl, they do some pretty cool guitars.

    I would defer to the skinny 6 string folks on this but it doesn't seem to me that Series I or II electronics works as well on guitar as they do on bass. That said, the standard electronics on the Further and Tribute models look really cool. In the right hands I'm sure they sound amazing.

    Bones
     
  6. alembicbones

    alembicbones

    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    Dingwall is definitely a bass focused company but if I'm not mistaken, there are some guitars out there.

    Bones
     
  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Lakland
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  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Brubaker
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  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
  10. west al

    west al Road Rex (Road King) Supporting Member

    I was thinking Hofner.
     
  11. LadyLoveStingRay5

    LadyLoveStingRay5

    Jul 17, 2004
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    Sire
     
  12. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Steinberger
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  13. hypercarrots

    hypercarrots

    Jan 28, 2009
    california
    i can think of one, but that's about it.
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  14. sxaxsx

    sxaxsx

    May 23, 2012
    I feel like I see more Peavey and Ibanez basses than guitars, but there are a lot of both.
     
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  15. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Yes, surprised no one mentioned it earlier...including the OP.
     
  16. IamGroot

    IamGroot

    Jan 18, 2018
    Didnt they make a Van Halen model?
     
  17. BassDaddy77

    BassDaddy77

    Feb 12, 2010
    NE Ohio
    I think so? Wasn't it something like the "Wolfgang" model (named after his son)? Or maybe I'm thinking of Peavey? I dunno.
     
  18. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Came here to say Roscoe.

    G&L and Ernie Ball sell more guitars than basses by a squadrillion.
     
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  19. IamGroot

    IamGroot

    Jan 18, 2018
     
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  20. lowfreqgeek

    lowfreqgeek

    Mar 15, 2010
    Tijeras, NM
    Personally, I only own 1 G&L guitar, but 3 G&L basses, and had another, so that's a 4:1 ratio for me. But I'm a bassist, not a guitarist, and I own like 15 basses and 1 guitar. OTOH, I've been on stage with far more G&L guitars over the years than I've seen other bassists with G&L basses. I'd say their guitars far outdo their basses in terms of sales.
     
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