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Sire Version 2 Marcus Miller U5 Short Scale Bass Guitar in Tobacco Sunburst

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"7

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - "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


22 reviews





Mr Paul Cook31st Dec 2023

Value 5Looks 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer7th Nov 2023

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5


Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 4

Trusted Customer25th Jan 2023

Exceptional short scale bass for the price

Value 5Looks 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer25th Jan 2023

Brilliant bass for the money. Rolled fretboard feels lovely. Fit, finish and setup was close to perfect. My second Sire instrument. Value for money

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer25th Jan 2023

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Giovanni Giametta21st Jan 2023

If Sire U5 were built by Fender it would cost more than a thousand pounds

Value 5Looks 4Durability 5Sound 4

Ian Smith16th Jan 2023

I bought this bass without having played it. I have a Sire S7 guitar so I was familiar with Sire's build quality and playability and the U5 doesn't disappoint in either regard. It's a lovely instrument which is fun to play; it's in no way a toy. My only regret is that I didn't get one before the price rise. It's an odd size to find a gig bag for so I asked Andertons and they recommended a Fender FBSS-610 which fits it very snugly.

Value 5Looks 5Sound 5

Neil Freeman11th Jan 2023

Superb bass even better than the Fender Aerodyne that I tried in my opinion

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr John Williams4th Jan 2023

Superb quality and playability once I had set it up.

Value 5Looks 4Durability 5Sound 5

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