Bit of a shower thought today; why aren’t there more (any?) MAJOR British bass/guitar manufacturers? When it come to amps they’ve got some legendary giants with Vox, Marshall, and Orange all hailing from Britain. Yet, the only British guitar/bass brands that I know of (not to say that’s a fully comprehensive knowledge) are Burns and Chowny, both of which I would consider pretty niche. Is it because of some comparative advantage in manufacturing electronics, prior to outsourcing manufacturing to the Far East? Some laws or regulations that made instrument making less lucrative? on a side note, for years after I started playing I had thought that Rickenbacker was British, because Brits are who seemed to always be using them. The jangle of the British Invasion is a Ric guitar, Macca, Chris Squire, Lemmy, etc. Kinda blew my mind when I found out Ric is American.