Bass guitar

The Fender Bass VI is the best-selling bass guitar this year thanks to the Beatles

Online hardware retailer Reverb has released its annual list of best-selling bass guitars, with 2022 dubbed the year Fender captured the nation’s tone. Of course, the old Jazz versus Precision debate is timeless. They’re both amazing bass, so what’s more popular?

In a surprising turn of events, the Fender Bass VI became the most searched bass of the year, taking the top spot over its Jazz and P-Bass rivals.

The upheaval in sales is attributed to the success of Peter Jackson The Beatles: Come Back documentary series, which stimulated interest in the band’s Fender Bass VI – during the So be it sessions, the pattern was taken up by John Lennon or George Harrison whenever Paul McCartney was needed for piano duties.

The Bass VI was first produced by Fender in 1961 and is actually a six-string baritone guitar. Its heavier strings are tuned like a bass guitar, an octave below a regular guitar, and the body shape is similar to a Fender Jaguar.

While these six-string basses had sold moderately well previously, Squier’s Classic Vibe Bass VI—the only Bass VI currently in production—got all the extra attention and replaced the Fender Player Precision Bass, which is dropped to number two on Reverb’s list this year. year.

Fender Product EVP Justin Norvell hinted at renewed interest in the hybrid instrument in an interview with guitar world early 2022.

“The phone started ringing for the Bass VI as it popped in and out of certain scenes,” he said.

“People were like, ‘You know, I haven’t thought about it in years, but do you? And luckily we did, thanks to Squier. People who record are always looking for new tools, and the Bass VI can be like this whole new sonic universe.

Interestingly, the McCartney-inspired Hofner Violin Bass also drops to 13th place – it ranked 11th last year – and is replaced by the Squier Affinity Jazz Bass.

Another takeaway is that bigger isn’t always better, with small-scale basses also trending among buyers in 2022. The Fender Offset Series Mustang Bass PJ and Gretsch Junior Jet II share third place on the 2022 list, while the Squier Affinity Bronco lands in eighth place and Ibanez’s three-quarter Gio Mikro takes the 10th position.

Other honorable mentions go to the much-loved Rickenbacker 4003 – which took No. 5 on last year’s list – as well as the Sterling StingRay Ray4 – which made an impressive debut at No. 6 – and the No. 12 Ibanez SR300E Soundgear. Standard.

Overall, Fender and Squier comfortably occupy 9 of the 20 spots, with the usual suspects including the Fender Player Jazz Bass and American Standard Jazz Bass. Check out the full list below.

  1. Squier Classic Vibe VI
  2. Fender Player Precision Bass
  3. Fender Offset Series Mustang Bass PJ / Gretsch Junior Jet II
  4. Squier Affinity Precision Bass PJ
  5. Rickenbacker 4003
  6. Sterling StingRay Ray4
  7. Fender American Professional II Precision
  8. Squier Affinity Bronco Bass
  9. Fender Player Jazz Bass / JB-62 Jazz
  10. Ibanez GSRM20 Gio Mikro
  11. Squier Affinity Jazz Bass
  12. Ibanez SR300E sound equipment standard
  13. Hofner Ignition Pro Violin Bass
  14. Fender Precision Bass (1970-’83)
  15. Fender Standard Jazz Bass / American Professional II Jazz Bass / Squier Classic Vibe ’70s Jazz Bass
  16. Squier Classic 70s Precision Vibe
  17. Squier Classic 60s Jazz Vibe
  18. Squier Classic Vibe 60s Precision
  19. Fender Player Mustang Bass PJ
  20. Squier Classic 50s Precision Vibe

Joining the bestselling electric bass guitar lists is a roundup of the 20 bestselling guitars of 2022. For more information on all the bestselling lists, head over to Reverb (opens in a new tab).