The Marcus Miller V7 is the flagship model for Sire guitars. This Vintage version has an old school F-style bridge with saddles that can be individually adjusted for the best intonation.
It's got the typical J-Bass styling with 2 single coil pickups but with a full EQ control allowing you to mould the sound exactly how you want it. But it's also very easy for a beginner to pick up and play thanks to the comfortable, modern neck shape.
Swamp Ash and Maple neck
The Swamp Ash body gives you a well-balanced, resonant tone with a slight scooped mid that works well for slap and funk bass. And when combined with the Maple neck and fretboard, you get a snappy attack with plenty of clarity.
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 V7 Vintage
CORE TECHNOLOGY FOR GOOD SOUND MARCUS HERITAGE-3
SIRE preamp is a perfect example that represents our technology and philosophy integrated into our instruments. With multiple tone controls, you can have total command in finding and getting the tone you want. The use of 18v battery enables the player to attain unaltered natural sound with strong and powerful output. With 3 band EQ, the player can have versatility in sound that can be suited for all occasions of music sessions. All models come with option for active and passive setting. Even in the passive mode, volume, tone, pickup balancer is fully functional, giving the player more controls for the tone in any mode.
JAZZ BASS TYPE
Jazz bass type is the industry standard bass model with its signature vintage sound. This is an all around bass that is suitable for fingering, slap and all techniques and style of playing. With both classic and modern feel and design, this new base can produce the desired sound for any genres of music from soft to strong metal grunge music.
Premium swamp ash tone wood is usually found in higher priced instruments. Swamp ash tone wood is known to produce a well balanced tone. It is highly resonant and offers a nice balance of pleasant highs, firm lows, and a slightly scooped midrange which is great for slap playing. The characteristics of this wood enable players to emulate Marcus Miller’s tone a step further.
STABLE AND ACCURATE TUNING
Tuning Gear: Sire Premium open gear
Equipped with SIRE’s own premium open gear head machines developed with accurate gear ratio, the head machines are very reliable in turning.
The 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.
1 PIECE MAPLE 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.
Maple fingerboard delivers clear highs and sharpness in tone. The clear and clean sound of maple fretboard is desire by many players.
- Body Material : Swamp Ash / North American Alder
- Body Shape : New Marcus Miller Jazz Type
- Body Color : Alder Body – 5 TS, 4 AWH, 4 BK, 4 TS | Ash Body – 4 NT, 4 TS, 4 WB, 5 NT
- Neck Material : 1 Piece Hardmaple
- Neck Shape : C-Shape
- Scale : 34
- Fingerboard : Hardmaple
- Fingerboard Radius : 7’25”
- Frets : Medium Small, 20 Frets
- String Nut : 4string : Natural Bone 38mm width / 5string Natural Bone 46mm width
- Binding : 1 ply Ivory
- Inlay : Black Block
- Neck Joint : 4 Bolt Steel Square Plate
- Pickups : Marcus Vintage Jazz Pickup Set
- Electronics : Marcus Heritage – 3 with Middle Frequency Control
- Controls : Volume / Tone (Dual Pot) | Pickup Blender | Treble | Middle / Middle Frequency (Dual Pot) | Bass, Mini Toggle (Active / Passive)
- Knob : Jazz Type Black Plastic
- Bridge : Real Vintage Standard
- Tunning Gear : Marcus Vintage-S Bridge
- Hardware Finish : Chrome
- Pickguard : Black