Why does everything look like Fender?!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Definitely, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Definitely

    Definitely Inactive

    You know what really bothers me? High end basses (with exceptions) all are shaped and modeled after Fenders. Take, for example, Sadowsky. All of their basses with jazz pups are shaped exactly like Fender jazz basses, right down to the knobs. If I'm buying a $4000+ bass, I want something new and original, not a Fender look-a-like. Why do they do this?
  2. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Fender broke the mold and the others are just trying to rebuild it.
  3. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan.

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    End of thread.
  4. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    Because Fender is the best......
  5. starmann

    starmann Flats and Fingers Supporting Member

    Mar 26, 2011
    Try a MM bongo...Weird, but way better in person. And the tones are incredible.

    Plus, nothing else looks like it.:bassist:
  6. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    There is a large number of high-end builders not making super-P or super-J basses.
  7. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    Because Fender are awesome. And the clones are not a large percentage. Find something else you like and buy that instead!

  8. jbossolo


    Sep 22, 2011
    You want original?, buy one of these:
    Birdsong - Professional hand built short scale basses
    You can even pick your own wood. I know, I did on mine.

    Now to answer your original question, everything looks like a Fender because Leo was the one who started it all in 1951. The Fender Precision was the first mass-produced electric bass guitar. Like other classics, it will forever be imitated. Remember that "imitation is the best form of flattery".
  9. prd004


    Dec 3, 2010
    There are other options but Fender styles have dominated Bass way back since..............they invented it.

    Look at the history of virtually any music genre and the greats all played Fenders. The style and sound is familiar, comfortable, etc.

    So boutique builders make high end Fender-style basses because people want them.
  10. staindbass


    Jun 9, 2008
    i think its because the jazz bass offset contour body is the most eye appealing design ever produced. i think i read somewhere leo fender didnt even play the bass or any instrument. nice job ! its kind of like the wheel, once the first guy invented it no one could improve on his design.
  11. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    I'm pretty sure Roger Sadowsky has said as much in posts here at TB.
  12. Mayers

    Mayers Guest

    Sep 28, 2007
    You should like else where than Sadowsky for originality. Look at Warwick or Conklin.
  13. toad


    Jun 26, 2002
    why do cheap manufacturers copy Fender? It's not any different. That's what people are familiar with and want. It's much harder to design something new and make money. Lots of dollars in marketing and branding.
  14. Definitely

    Definitely Inactive

    Sadowsky is just one example, and Musicman, Warwick, Ibanez, they're all exceptions it's just that for some reason I have found quite a lot of very expensive basses that look exactly like Fenders with a small touch here and there. I agree that the offset body is nice, but do you have to put two j pickups in it? Same control plate, knobs, pickguard shape? I think more companies should be like Musicman and really venture out there in design.
  15. 1bassman


    Jun 1, 2011
    northeast ohio
    fender invented the bloody thing
    like gibson did with the les paul...ICON.
    you don't like then don't play..simple.
  16. Definitely

    Definitely Inactive

    It's not that I don't like the basses, I just want to know why Fender is always the one cloned.
  17. raphaeldc


    Mar 24, 2010
    Porto, Portugal
  18. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Name recognition. When you say you play a Fender, everyone knows you play a guitar of some sort. Make something that looks like it but cheaper or an improved version and you are in business.

    Same goes for Rolex and McDonald's. When you hear those names, your mind automatically thinks watch and food.

    See, now you got me hungry for a damn Big Mac. Is it lunch time yet?
  19. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    A Sadowsky J bass puts a Fender J bass to shame.
  20. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Fender clones exist because the shape works and many people want it. It's not complicated. If you want other shapes, they're available as well. Different market. Be happy. Bark less. Wag more.
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