Edit: These are United States sales, not global. Not drawing any conclusions or predicting any doom or revival. Just thought I'd share numbers I've been seeking out for a while now: Electrics are down from about 1.65 million in 2005 to 1.07 million in 2016. That counts electric basses, which are down from 248,000 in 2010 to 154,000 in 2016. Amps are down a ton as well. Pedals are actually way up. Interestingly, the high end seems to be relatively fine. These numbers are from The Music Trades. It will be interesting to see where 2017 comes in. Post edited to remove link to publicly unviewable source, and to only pass on a few data points.