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Sire Marcus Miller basses are incredible value for money, and their quality has taken the music industry by storm!
Sire Version 2 Bass Range
While you can learn all about Sire's original bass lineup here, in October 2018 the brand released their revised Version 2 basses! Featuring several upgrades, including re-voiced pickups and satin-finished necks, these basses are better than ever before!
For the story behind Sire Version 2 basses, click here to read the full story from Kyle Kim, Sire's CEO & Head Designer. Below, we've picked out some of our favourite new models. However, to view the entire Sire Version 2 range, click here!
Message from Kyle Kim, Sire Head Designer
"To all of our Sire Friends and Supporters, Greetings. This is Kyle Kim.
First of all, I would like to sincerely thank all of you for your continuous support and endless encouragement to make Sire bigger and better. This is the behind-the-scenes story of our new 2nd Generation Bass Guitars."
"The Sire Marcus Miller Bass has been reborn as Sire Marcus Miller Bass 2nd Generation. As one of Sire supporters described it on their YouTube video, Sire Marcus Miller has become a true game changer that tore up the bass market. But is it really necessary to upgrade the Sire Basses? Is it necessary to improve on its current position in the market? In fact, if we were only interested in profits, it would only make sense to release the 2nd Generation lineup later in the future or as a premium (expensive) line."
Marcus Miller Gave Me New Homework
"One day Marcus sent me a bass from the late '70’s, which he cherishes most. He said, "Kyle! Can you make a bass of this quality?" My response was, “Marcus, this is completely a custom shop bass. Although traces of time have made this bass look old, I can clearly see it is made with techniques that can only be done by hand". Marcus replied by saying "Kyle, you're good at this! Just give it a try!" And just like that, with yet another impossible assignment given to me, Marcus left for his tour. This, my friends, is Marcus Miller….LOL!"
I fell in Love with Marcus Miller’s late ‘70’s bass
"After parting with Marcus, I analyzed and reanalyzed the bass guitar over and over again. Eventually, I started to fall in love with this bass. It was largely due to two aspects.
First, although the coil was Heavy Formvar, as the Alnico's power started to weaken over the years, the sound became more flexible and warmer (very similar with Plain Enamel coil sound). The sound had elements of both the Heavy Formvar and Enamel coil at the same time surprisingly. The sound had Heavy Formvar's power and clearity coupled with Plain Enamel's richness, flexibility and warmth. In addition, the winding itself was 100% handmade, crossing the lines at just the precise angle, helping it maintain 100% of its clarity.
Second, the entire fingerboard had a custom shop option of rolled fretboard edges. The moment I started playing, it felt so comfortable that I was really surprised."
"So, how can we solve these two issues? After agonizing over our dilemma, we finally found the answer.
First, in order to find the similar aging sound of the Heavy Fomvar pickup after 20 years of playing, we changed the Alnico magnet’s magnetizing method. We also changed the coil to Plain Enamel, and installed a program into a coil winding machine (we were able to embody almost the same speed and winding crossover angle as the handmade winding). We decided to name this pickup technology "RPT (Revolution Pickup Technology)".
Second, in order to see if we can apply the rolled fretboard edges in a mass production factory, together with the factory manager we put in a lot of effort to test the theory. We tried changing the production process several ways, and even introduced a new machine. Since our Sire basses also have binding, it was especially difficult beyond imagination. But eventually, we found a way!"
"Although it may seem a little too extreme, we decided to take a chance and apply this technology to every Marcus Miller Bass. Sire Revolution! If this was a different company, the instruments with the above two technologies would have doubled in price, and it would have been launched as a more advanced line than the existing series. Because the bass that we were already producing has become a game changer in the world’s bass markets, we did not have a reason to take on such a difficult challenge.
Our company name is Sire Revolution, and not Sire Company. As we first promised Marcus Miller, our commitment to quality is firm, and we strive to continue making revolutionary instruments. That is why we decided to apply all of the new technologies to the existing line of basses without building a new line that is twice as expensive. Our company name is Sire Revolution. We will continue to do our best to bring you revolutionary prices and quality."
History of Sire Basses
If you’ve never heard of Marcus Miller basses then here’s what you need to know:
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.
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Let's take a look at some of the main features of the Marcus Miller series...
A lot of the Marcus Miller range is available in 4 and 5 string versions, with your choice of body wood. You can either go for Alder or Swamp Ash:
- Alder - typically very balanced and resonant with a deep low-end and fantastic top-mid response
- Swamp Ash - similar to Alder with a balanced EQ response though a bit ‘sweeter’ sounding with a slightly scooped mid making it great for slap-bass and funk styles.
- Active or Passive - They’ve all got an active preamp on-board with an active/passive switch. So if you prefer a slightly mellower tone and want passive circuitry then it’s as easy as flicking the toggle switch. If you want more clarity, punch and control from your tone then you can use the active toggle switch to control the EQ settings on the bass.
- Preamp - The Marcus Heritage-3 preamp system is on-board all of the basses and this is what really separates these basses from others in the same price bracket.
- All the Mids - All models come with a sweepable mid-range control option that Marcus Miller specified as a must have item.
- Pickup Blending - As well as having a volume and tone control you’ve got a pickup blending pot so that you can determine where your sound is coming from. So you can have all neck or all bridge or mix the 2 for your perfect tone setup.
The Sire Marcus Miller Range
The V3 boasts classic styling and a super-intuitive set of controls. But don't be decieved; these instruments conceal the same stunning Marcus Miller-designed Sire Preamp that helped put the brand on the map!
This ensures a no-frills performance bass, with plenty of tonal legroom - it's never been easier to find your sound with a Sire Marcus Miller bass! The best bit? These are the most affordable Sire basses on the market, with a set of features and ground-breaking tone that surpasses anything else at this price point!
This is a J-Style bass with enough versatility to take on any style of music. Thanks to the body woods chosen by Marcus Miller you can use the bass for slap, fingerstyle or pick bass techniques. With a classic sound but a modern design you can go from funk to hard rock by merely adjusting the EQ controls.
The V7 Vintage is very similar to the V-style with a few key differences such as a vintage bridge rather than the heavy mass bridge on other models. This gives the bass a slightly faster attack and with the Maple fretboard on the vintage models, you can target genre’s like funk easily.
The V9 is a premium J-bass style bass without the pickguard and a stunning flame maple veneer. This gives the bass a modern look and when combined with the solid construction and pickups found on the V9 you get a versatile bass that looks amazing too.
An original and unique design, the Marcus Miller M3 is for the modern player who wants a fat humbucking bass tone with plenty of control.
The M7 is the same shape and style as the M3 but with a solid maple top, normally only found on premium instruments. This gives the tone a warmer top end making it great for slap and funk styles.
Left-Handed & Fretless
The Sire Marcus Miller range is available in both Fretless and Left handed versions. These basses have been incredibly popular since arriving at Andertons and left-handed bassists can now get their hands on some of the best value-for-money basses we’ve ever seen.
Both the fretless and left-handed basses are available with the same spec as their right handed counterparts. If there’s a particular model, colour and fretboard combo you’d like to go for and can’t see it on the site, please get in touch with us.
Fan favourites like the P7, V7, V7 Vintage, V9 and more are all available in the left handed AND fretless range.
Sire Marcus Miller Fretless – The Fretless range of Marcus Miller basses captures the clear punchy tone of their fretted range with the smooth tonal response and silky feel that you can only get from a fretless bass. You can get a very ‘woody’ response from the basses when tweaking the volume and tone controls to find that perfect balance of warmth and brightness or you can crank the tone control down to get a jazz upright bass tone.
The fretless Marcus Miller basses are incredibly versatile thanks to the Heritage-3 active pickup system. The use of an 18v battery gives a lot more headroom than a 9v battery would which means you a transparent, clear bass tone with a strong and powerful output. You’ve also got a 3-band EQ which will help you control and tweak your tone for whatever genre of music you’re playing.