Marcus Miller V7 Alder-4 TS

Electric Bass

  • Body: Alder
  • 1-Piece maple neck
  • C-shaped neck profile
  • Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)
  • Scale: 34" (long scale)
  • 20 medium small frets
  • Nut width: 38 mm
  • Bone nut
  • String spacing: 20 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 18.42 cm (7.25")
  • Fitted with 2 x 9V batteries
  • Pickups: 2 Marcus Super Jazz
  • Marcus Heritage-3 electronics with frequency control
  • Volume/Tone knob (dual potentiometer)
  • Tone pickup mixing control
  • Treble control
  • Mids/Middle frequency control (dual potentiometer)
  • Bass mini switch (active/passive)
  • Marcus Big Mass bridge
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Strings: D'Addario EXL170 strings .045 - .100
  • Colour: Tobacco sunburst
  • Additional chrome pickup cover included
  • Made by Sire
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  • Jazz
  • Metal
  • Rock
  • Funk

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Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Alder
Neck Maple
Fretboard Rosewood
Frets 20
Scale Longscale
Pickup System JJ
Elektronic Aktive, Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Jazz Bass on steroids

06.07.2016
Ok, so I had all these wonderful plans for when I received the bass. I would go down to my local post office, pick it up and bring it home where a glass of wine would help celebrate the arrival of my new friend. Unboxing would be done and I had planned just to sit in a comfy chair admiring the beauty and maybe do a setup if needed...
Well, none (or almost none) of that happened.
I got a notice last night that I could pick up the bass 5 mins before I had to go to band rehearsal, so I rushed down to the post office, grabbed the case, went home, did a very quick unboxing and off to rehearsal I went.
At rehearsal I plugged the bass in making sure everything was set flat and in passive mode.
I couldn't believe what I was hearing... sizzling highs, growling mids and booming lows...
Even my band mates looked surprised. They had a hard time believing that a bass this cheap could sound so good.
In passive mode it is very close to a "real" Jazz Bass (you know... the one with the F-word on the headstock) and by fiddling a bit with the tone and pickup blend knobs you have a variety of tonal posibillities that just shouldn't be available in this pricerange.
Mind you, I've been playing bass for a good 30 years and had my share of brand/boutique basses that were considerably more expensive than the Sire V7.
After playing a while I felt comfortable enough with the bass to try the preamp.
So I switched it on, dialled off a tiny bit of treble, kept the mids flat and ever so slightly dialled in a bit of bass...
BOOOOM... GROWL... ZZZINNGG...
The bass became a whole other beast entirely and my bandmates all looked over in my direction like "what the ....??!!?", happy smiles on their faces. As for me, I almost had what a well-known presenter for a TV show about cars would call "a crisis".
The preamp is seriously powerful and a little tweak will take you a loooong way.
You actually get the impression that if you should turn the treble, mid and bass knobs up full it would be the equivalent of serving a pangalactic gargleblaster; you WILL hurt people. Well, if your amp survives you will...
But aren't there any cons, you may ask...
Yes, and here they are:

1. The bass may need a setup to fit your taste. The action on mine is a bit too high.
3. There is a bit too much relief in the neck.
2. If you're not into heavy gauge strings you might want to change the stock strings which are .45 gauge D'Addarios.

These are actually the only cons I have been able to come up with. And they are easily fixed with a setup and a new set of strings.

So, in conclusion, this bass is a keeper and I can't recommend it enough. Doesn't matter if you just started playing bass or have been playing for a long time. This is one serious instrument that does the job!
And at an affordable price, I might add.
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Addictive mode on. Adults be warned - children welcome!

Mummufucca, 30.06.2018
I'm giving 4 stars to this only because of Thomann. Bass arrived very quickly in 4 days but the scratchplate did not have the plastic film (barely visible fragments remained attached onto the screws) and I found some scratches of several textures on it too. Maybe they gave me a b-stock or test model. Maybe it got wounded during shipping. In any case storage is very important: I would have preferred to wait a bit more and receive a better packaged new item. Mine wasn't the best ever for sure.

Anyway I won't open a dispute for this, it would be silly, that's somehow the online selling game risks and I *love* this specific instrument they sent me! It's more a machine gun than a bass, man! Even when played only acoustically it shows loud volume and total resonance behavior, despite not being a heavy piece of wood like the old generation guitars produced back in the 70's. This is very rare to find in the global market nowadays and indicates a well-built musical instrument made by honest people at reasonable costs. The whole body vibrates, thus contributing to a complex and unique harmonic bright spectrum. Neck is so comfortable to play, perhaps way too straight...some personal setting has to be done to achieve the best possible as usual. Tuning mechanics are quite solid. Aesthetic looks soberly cautious, perfect for hiding the beast inside.
Then, if you plug it in the active mode be careful, it's explosive! You'll be glad to experience with knobs twiddling in addition to its own sound (great filtering with mid-band sweeping and q-factor combined with overtones, for example...everything is inspiring for bass solo performances). At first it sounds like just only a Marcus Miller style can be obtained by this instrument but this is obviously not true. You are naturally prone to slap the shit as there's no tomorrow but the possibilities are just - i n f i n i t e. Furthermore, the original strings probably couple a lot with this instrument features in general and it would be nice to try other sets but won't be in my plans for a long time, absolutely.
When passive mode is used, output volume is pretty low compared to other basses. I don't have figured it out why and somehow I don't need to because active mode is really funkin crazy and you can't find no excuses to discard it. Even if you're not an expert player who knows better how to pluck and develop technique, this bass response is overall impressive. Much sustain. Very powerful, go easy on it!
So in the world of guitars and the people who have fun playing them this one can't be missing. You will never be satisfied if you just collect jewels like this and/or the 2 to 6 times more expensive models by various brands existing because they all sound different to each other which is "delusional" for disappointing dummies who can't make some noise.

Here with about 500$ you get an entire arsenal in one instrument with an outstanding pre-apm. I just can't wait to put it down in a mix: it will do nothing but add the magic in it.
I hope one day Sire will be making 6-string models. Gonna check their dynamic microphones out soon. Meanwhile, y'all shall benefit from what they offer if you're seriously interested in material quality.
This is dope!
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