I did a lot of research before buying this bass. I knew I wanted something traditional looking that still packed a huge punch. The only real option within my budget was a Sire (and some Sterling and a Squier). With all of the appointments of a bass way beyond it's price, I decided to buy it and perhaps return or exchange it if it wasn't what I was expecting.
Pros and Cons:
- It is cheap in price but not in quality. The woods used in this bass are top notch. I'm not a tone wood person but boy is the fretboard pretty.
- Amazing action. It has such a low, comfortable action. Everything is playable on it.
- Smooth Neck. The neck is like butter to play, it is ridiculously comfortable to play.
- THAT PREAMP. OH BOY. The 18v preamp is mindblowing. If you need a bass that packs a punch, look no further. It is the best sounding bass I have ever heard, genuinely.
Upon unboxing this beast of an instrument, I did notice a couple things different from the listing.
- Ernie Ball strings came on it, not the D'Addario listed. I prefer EB anyways so I don't care.
- Barrel-style Saddles instead of the Block Saddles on the listing. I prefer Blocks so was bitterly disappointed when I saw the barrel saddle. They're great quality so it's okay however I would have definitely preferred Blocks.
I truly recommend you pick one of these up if you're reading this. If not, make sure you try one at your nearest Sire vendor to understand why I have given it 5 Stars on every category.