Sire made waves in the industry with their stunning range of bass guitars, co-designed by the legendary Marcus Miller. Now they’re taking a leap into uncharted territory: acoustic guitars. And if their basses are anything to go by, you’re in for a treat…
Sire have unveiled two acoustic models: the R3 and the R7, the former being the more affordable, and the latter offering more premium features. As you might expect from Sire, both models boast top-class design and specs that far outweigh their respective price points.
First of all, carefully selected and treated solid tonewoods are used throughout. This ensures excellent harmonic depth and sustain, a feature that you’ll seldom find at this price. A Spruce top offers a wholly balanced tone and great resonance, but the headline act in this case is the solid Rosewood back & sides. This adds heaps of warmth and smooth dynamics to your tone, perfectly complementing the subtle, even tone of the Spruce top. The body and neck both feature luxurious Abalone binding & hypnotic inlays headed up by the unique but understated Sire headstock design.
The R7 D models feature full-fat square-shouldered dreadnought designs that offer rich, deep projection and timeless aesthetics in equal measure. As mentioned before, the Spruce & Rosewood combination provides the R7 with a degree of familiarity, both in terms of looks and a wholesome tonal palette. Rosewood is known for its rich chocolate colour and soft grain patterns. The gloss finish adds a final touch of class, accentuating the R7’s already-smooth playability.
The Zebra 7 Original is a typically bold move for Sire. The idea behind this unique preamp design is total versatility and control over your sound and setup. It's voiced with modern acoustic tone in mind; a healthy midrange emphasis perfect for cutting through a band mix with clarity!
You get 3 main features: a built-in piezo pickup, a removable soundhole pickup, and a detachable/mountable outboard preamp. The detachable aspect allows you to easily remove the Zebra 7 Original system for home use or storage – but when the time comes, you can have it up and running in less than 30 seconds. This makes everything from studio sessions to lengthy gigs a breeze. To top it off, you’ve got 7 neat controls that provide you with absolute control over your sound (see specs below), including a piezo/microphone blend control.
The Sire Story
Sire began their journey in Korea in the late ‘90s. A group of friends set about making their own instruments after becoming frustrated with rising prices. After much hard work, research and determination, their instruments turned out a lot better than they expect – so good, in fact, that they started to attract the attention of other musicians. Combining excellent quality with affordable prices seemed to be a winning formula.
As demand grew in Korea, founder Kyle Kim saw an opportunity. He began seeking international expansion, but it found it difficult to break into the market due to tough competition. He set up Sire USA in Los Angeles, and began contacting influential artists for help. It was at this point, they crossed paths with Marcus Miller, a living legend in the bass world. Kim’s vision resonated with Miller, and led to highly successful design collaboration. The Marcus Miller line of basses from Sire were an international success. Now, Sire are looking to the horizon for their next adventure – onward and upward!
- Sire model number: R7 DZ VS
- Body shape: Dreadnought
- Finish: Vintage Sunburst
- Top wood: Solid Spruce
- Body wood: Solid Rosewood
- Neck wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard wood: Ebony
- Bridge: Ebony
- Inlays & binding: Abalone
- Cutaway: No
- Scale length: 25.5"
- Fingerboard Radius: 16"
- Nut width: 43mm
- Electronics: Zebra 7 Original removable preamp & dual pickup system
- Controls: gain, bass, middle, treble, phase switch, volume, balance