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Sire Version 2 Marcus Miller U5 Short Scale Bass Guitar in Natural

Our Favourite Short Scale Bass!



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Product Description

Comfortable to play with thundering bass tones? Yep, Sire have added a short scale bass to their range! The U5 features a short scale length (distance between the bridge and nut) which not only makes the bass more comfortable, it provides it with a more emphasised low-end. When you combine these characteristics with its modern aesthetics and the build and sound quality that Sire have built their reputation on, the result is a versatile, great value bass that beginners and more experienced players will have a lot of fun playing.

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Short Scale

Short scale basses have been growing in popularity over the past few years, and for good reason. The shorter scale length results in a lower string tension which makes it much easier to fret and bend notes on a bass. This makes it great for both beginners looking for their first bass as well as guitarists who want a bass in their collection but find regular basses uncomfortable to play. The impact on tone is another reason why short scale basses have become popular. With shorter, looser strings you get less high-end frequencies when you play a note which leaves you with a more pronounced low-end. It sounds weird to say but a short-scale bass actually sounds more bass-y! These tonal properties make short scale basses great for more experienced bassists looking for a different sound to add to their arsenal.


The U5 features the popular P/J pickup configuration. The P-Bass style split-coil pickup in the middle offers classic warm, rounded bass tones while the J-Bass style bridge pickup offers a tighter, snappier, and more articulate sound. These pickups, and the ability to blend between the two, offer a wide range of  range of tones to suit almost any genre you can think of.

Customer Reviews

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - "Its a little hard to believe what you get for the price."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - "This bass guitar is genuinely amazing. It is well made and has premium features: flame maple top, body binding, lacquered fretboard , rolled fretboard edges, noiseless pickups. The rolled fretboard edges alone make this guitar worth buying"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - "Highly recommended, has the look and feel of a more expensive bass"


  • Body wood: Alder
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Fretboard wood: Maple
  • Bridge pickup: Jazz-Style Single-Coil
  • Neck pickup: Precision-Style Split-Coil

Customer Reviews


23 reviews





Mr David Brushett30th Mar 2024

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Mr Roger Suddaby16th Dec 2023

What an amazing bass guitar. I would say ‘for the price’ but think that it would be just as good at twice the price. It arrived with a good setup out of the box and plays well.

Value 5Looks 5Sound 5

Mr Francis Chambers12th Dec 2023

Great bass guitar for the money, probably the best short scale bass at this price point.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer20th Aug 2022

Really beautifully made and finished. Easy to use. Not quite my first choice for finish but all that was available. But really, not disappointed. A thing of beauty.

Value 5Looks 5Sound 4

Mr Simon Smith6th Aug 2022

Cracking short scale bass. Can't fault it.

Value 5Looks 4Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Paul Kneller10th Jul 2022

Fantastic small scale bass with a great range of tones. Very comfortable to play and looks awesome. Slightly on the expensive side, but you get what you pay for.

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mac9th Jul 2022

Excellent Bass for the money. Once I had set it up to my liking, with flatwounds, it sounded really good, and i am now using it for my main Bass. Love it!

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 4

Mr Denis Maguire9th May 2021

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Petur Arni Rafnsson23rd Apr 2021

Love it...but it is too soon to comment on durability

Value 5Looks 5Sound 4

Mr Peter Tooth12th Apr 2021

I like short scale basses. This is yet another one, and it’s a beauty. It looks good and it feels good in your hands. Did I mention it sounds great as well? Well it does.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

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