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Sire Version 2 Marcus Miller V5 Alder 4-String Bass in Vintage White

Featuring Roasted Maple Neck, Rolled-Edge Fingerboard & Marcus Vintage-J Revolution Pickups

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Elliot Stent

Drawing upon the iconic J-style bass, Sire's utilitarian V5 model has plenty of classic character with its distinctive offset body shape and solid construction — featuring two single-coil pickups for a wide tonal palette.

Further noteworthy appointments include a rock-solid roasted Maple neck with a rolled-edge fingerboard, medium-sized frets, open-gear tuners and a genuine bone nut. Available at a fantastic price-point to boot, like all Sire instruments, the V5 is a versatile bass that perfectly blends traditional allure with modern refinement.

Balanced Alder Body

Sire's V5 model boasts a North American Alder body that guarantees a tight, neutral sound with bundles of upper mid-range projection — serving as the perfect tonal foundation for the punchy pickup pairing. A generous belly-cut allows the instrument to rest comfortably against you in standing or sitting positions, making the V5 a practical stage or studio workhorse.

Roasted Maple Neck

Many high-end instruments come fitted with roasted Maple necks, yet Sire has somehow managed to fit its affordable V5 with one — providing you with a truly premium look. "Roasting" is a process that is used to remove all of the natural moisture retained by a tonewood, which ultimately darkens the material and makes it far less vulnerable to warping when exposed to varying climates. This means that the V5's neck is incredibly stable — vastly improving tuning stability.

Peerless Playability

A C-shaped neck profile gives both contemporary and old-school bassists an addictive feel, while the rolled fingerboard edges enhance playability for an extremely smooth fretting experience.

Marcus Vintage-J Revolution Pickups

Two 'Marcus Vintage-J Revolution' single-coils give the V5 a pronounced sonic character; capturing that legendary Jazz voice. Crisp and articulate, these highly-versatile pickups reward all playing styles — particularly finger-style and slap techniques.

High-Quality Hardware

Hardware can be an afterthought for some guitar companies, but Sire has made sure that every detail is executed to perfection with its V5 bass. Sporting a beautifully-machined 'Vintage-S' bridge, this essential component boosts note resonance for a responsive feel and piano-like sustain. A set of Sire 'Premium Open-Gear' tuners put a contemporary spin on this classic-looking bass, engineered to reduce the likelihood of tuning slips.



  • Body Material: North American Alder
  • Body Shape: Marcus Miller Jazz Type


  • Neck Material: Roasted Hard Maple
  • Neck Profile: C-Shape
  • Neck Joint: 4-Bolt Steel Square Plate
  • Scale Length: 34"
  • Fingerboard Material: Roasted Hard Maple (Rolled Edges)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"
  • Frets: Medium
  • Inlays: Black Square Block
  • String Nut: Bone, 38mm


  • Pickups: Marcus Vintage-J Revolution Set
  • Controls: Volume (Neck Pickup), Volume (Bridge Pickup), Tone (Master)


  • Bridge: Marcus Miller Vintage-S
  • Tuners: Premium Open-Gear
  • Control Knobs: Black Jazz
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome
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