The Marcus Miller V9 is a hefty J-style bass with a powerful 18v preamp and a beautiful, modern-feeling neck.
The flame maple veneer gives the bass a stunning look and the high-mass bridge is what gives this bass all the sustain that you'd need for any style of music.
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 Marcus Miller V9
High quality premium jazz bass pickups made with US-made USA coil.
The pickups have been upgraded and made with fiber bobbin and alnico 5 magnet, and us manufactured heavy formvar wires for that rich and strong jazz bass sound.
Built with the new Marcus Miller heavy mass bridge. This bridge has been specially design and manufactured at the request of marcus miller.
By adding a heavy mass saddle to the traditional jazz bass bridge, more rich and punchy tone is generated.
Sire’s 3-band eq preamp is a new development for the marcus miller series bass in order to meet the needs of marcus miller’s versatility and to cover various styles of music.
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.
Marcus Miller Premium Jazz Bass pickup set is an upgraded pickup version made with USA coil in order to reproduce the traditional vintage jazz bass sound. This pickup is made with fiber bobbin and alnico 5 magnets and also USA coil magnet wire that is also made in US. Marcus Miller Premium Jazz Bass pickup sets offer players to experience a rich and strong original vintage jazz bass tone.
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 bass can produce the desired sound for any genres of music from soft to strong metal grunge music.
SOLID MAPLE TOP & QUILTED VENEER
The top plate of the body is covered with Solid Maple Top and Quilted Veneer over the Alder/Ash body. The Solid Maple Top produces a rich, clear, and vibrant tone. In addition, the sharp and luxurious wood pattern of the Quilted Veneer has improved the quality of the design.
The Solid maple top of the area where the player’s arms touches the edge of the body is designed with a Curved Top, giving the player more comfort and stability during their performance.
NORTH AMERICAN ALDER
A popular choice for most bass guitars is the North American Alder. Other basses at this price range commonly use Basswood or Agathis tone wood but Sire Guitars chooses the traditional North American Alder which is known for its strong clear full-bodied sound, with beefy mids and excellent lows that is perfect for the traditional jazz bass sound.
STABLE AND ACCURATE SOUND WAVE TRANSFER
Marcus Miller SIRE V9 bass is equipped with newly designed Marcus Miller SIRE Bridge which is specially developed with Marcus Miller’s request. This bridge has the characteristics of vintage jazz bass with heavy mass saddle. This combination produces a rich and punchy sound. New Marcus Miller Bridge is a string-thru body bridge mechanism that allows for more tighter, accurate and stable tone.
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.
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.
Ebony fingerboard is made with very dense wood that delivers clear, crisp and well rounded tones.
- Material : Swamp Ash / North American Alder + Solid Maple Top + Quilted Veneer
- Shape : New Marcus Miller Jazz Type
- Color : Ash Body NT, TBK | Alder- Body BRS
- Pickguard : None
- Material : 1 Piece Hardmaple
- Shape : C-Shape
- Scale : 34”
- Neck Joint : 4 Bolt Steel Square Plate
- Material : Ebony
- Radius : 7’25”
- Frets : Medium Small, 20 Frets
- String Nut : Natural Bone 38mm width(4 string), 45mm width(5 string)
- Binding : 1 ply Ivory
- Inlay : WH Pearloid Block
- Pickups : Marcus Super Jazz set
- Preamp : 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 : Modern Black Plastic
- Bridge : Heavy Mass Standard
- Tuning Gear : Sire Premium Open-Gear
- Hardware Finish : Chrome