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. As you might expect from Sire, the R3 boasts top-class design and specs that far outweigh its accessible price point.
First of all, carefully selected and treated tonewoods are used throughout. This ensures excellent harmonic depth and sustain, a feature that you’ll seldom find at this price. The classic acoustic combination of Solid Spruce (top) and Mahogany laminate (back & sides) ensures resonant lows, a healthy midrange projection and just the right amount of clarity in the top end. The body and neck both feature subtle binding, headed up by the unique but understated Sire headstock design. Simple, subtle hardware finishes off the R3’s classic-meets-contemporary aesthetic; chrome tuners with black pegs, a broad yet familiar bridge design, simple fretboard dots.
The R3 G models boast a modern cutaway design and a relatively compact size – you’ll find that it offers a totally familiar, comfortable playing experience. As mentioned before, the classic Spruce & Mahogany wood combination provides the R3 with a degree of familiarity, both in terms of looks and a wholesome tonal palette. The gloss finish adds a final touch of class, accentuating the R3’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: R3 GZ VS
- Body shape: Grand Auditorium
- Finish: Vintage Sunburst
- Top wood: Spruce
- Body wood: Mahogany
- Neck wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard wood: Rosewood
- Cutaway: Yes
- Scale length: 25.5"
- Nut width: 43mm
- Electronics: Zebra 7 Original - removable preamp, piezo and soundhole pickup
- Controls: gain, bass, middle, treble, phase switch, volume, balance