The M7 is a a modern, original bass shape that has enough versatility to tackle any style of music. Thanks to the powerful 18v preamp on-board and extensive switching options (pickup selectors and EQ controls) you can genuinely play anything from Jazz to Grunge!
The body is made of Alder which gives you a snappy attack with a beefy low-end and powerful mid-range. Especially on this 5-string with the thundering low B.
The Sire preamp uses 2x 9v batteries to give you an 18v preamp with loads of headroom and control. This means that the bass has a very open sound and with a bass, mid and treble control on-board you've got the most versatile bass possible.
The knobs from front to back do the following:
- Main Volume on bottom pot and Tone control on top pot
- Pickup Blend (To combine your bridge and neck pickup according to taste)
- Treble EQ
- Mid frequency on bottom pot, Mid boost/cut on the top pot
- Bass EQ
- Front Pickup selector toggle
- Rear pickup selector toggle
- Active/passive toggle switch
History of Sire Marcus Miller Basses
Sire guitars are the company that build the now famous Marcus Miller basses. Marcus Miller himself is a world-renowned jazz and funk bassist with some of the best bass chops on the planet. And he's worked with Sire instruments to make basses that are affordable but far exceed their price point in terms of feel, style and above all, sound.
How do they do this? Unlike a lot of other guitar companies that outsource their work, Sire own the factory where their basses are built. This means firstly that they can cut costs but secondly, have full control of the quality of instrument that comes out of the workshop. This allows them to oversee the entire process.
And, Sire instruments are doing good in the world by taking a share of the corporations profits and giving back to society. They have founded schools in Cambodia and Laos and teaching music to children.
Here's what Sire say about the Marcus Miller M7
NORTH AMERICAN ALDER
A popular choice for most bass guitars is the North American Alder. Other basses at this price range commonly use Basswood or Agathis tone wood but Sire Guitars chooses the traditional North American Alder which is known for its strong clear full- bodied sound, with beefy mids and excellent lows that is perfect for the traditional jazz bass sound.
STABLE AND ACCURATE SOUNDWAVE TRANSFER
Marcus Miller Custom Big Mass 2 bridge (string-thru body Option Bridge)
The bridge has much impact on the bass sound because it is the other connecting point for the strings from head machines. SIRE Marcus Miller M7 is equipped with Marcus Miller custom big mass 2 bridge. This bridge is built with heavy mass saddle which transfers the string vibration to the body to generate rich and full tone. This bridge also has body thru option where the strings are inserted from back side of the body giving it more tight and stability and vibrant tone.
The SIRE M7 is equipped with Marcus Miller Heritage-3 Preamp which gives players many options to dial into any desired tone and sound versatility. With the toggle switch active/passive mode is easily accessible. Using the two mini toggle switch you can switch the front and rear humbucker pickups into single or humbucker mode conveniently. And also conveniently switch from serial-parallel setting.
In the humbucker series mode strong and punchy tone can be produced than in the passive mode. In the humbucker parallel mode more smooth and brighter sound is produced which is ideal for pop and soft music. In the single pickup mode the setting would be closer to the Jazz bass but with the M7s smaller body than the V7, it produces a unique sound of its own.
STABLE AND ACCURATE TUNING
Tuning Gear : Sire Diecasting Gear
Equipped with SIRE’s own Sire Diecasting Gear head machines developed
with accurate gear ratio, the head machines are very reliable in turning.
Nut is one of the most important parts of the guitar that influences the performance, playability, and tone of the instrument. Depending on the quality of the material and elasticity, the nut can improve the sound or degrade the sound. Although bone nut is more costly and harder to work with, it is considered to deliver more balanced, clearer and smoother tone than plastic or eurite material.
EASE OF PLAYABILITY
1 PIECE HARDMAPLE NECK
The neck is made with one-piece hard maple.The neck is made with Canadian hard maple. With its hardness and strength it minimizes the movement and stabilizes the neck to maintain the original shape and condition. Also the one-piece neck minimizes the loss of vibration and maximizes the tone sustain and maintains the tone to lasts.
- Body Material : Alder/Ash with Solidtop Hard Maple Wood
- Body Shape : New Modern Bass
- Body Color : TBK(Transparent Black) and NT(natural) for Ash Models, BR(Brown)
- and TBL(Transparent Blue) for the Alder Models.
- Neck Material : Canadian Hard Maple (scarf joint)
- Neck Shape : C-Shape
- Scale : 34-35(For 5 string 35 for clear low B)
- Fingerboard : Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius : 12”
- Frets : Medium, 24 Frets
- String Nut : Bone Nut
- Binding : None
- Inlay : White Pearl Dot
- Neck Joint : 4/5 Bolt Individual Dot (5 hole for 5 string)
- Pickups : Marcus Miller pure humbucker (MMPH set)
- Electronics : Marcus Miller Heritage- 3 with Middle Frequency Control
- Knobs : Modern Black
- Bridge : Heavy Mass Custom
- Tuning Gear : Sire Diecasting Gear
- Hardware Finish : Black
- Pickguard : None