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Are Sire Basses Any Good

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Maria Johnson
• Monday, 18 January, 2021
• 10 min read

If not, can anyone pinpoint where exactly in the scale of things these V7's fit in comparison to other jazz basses ? I am only posting as I don't live anywhere near a guitar shop and can't get my hands on these basses unless I make a purchase.

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Will Fender, Music Man and Rickenbacker allow this madness to continue unchecked? At the same time, all answers like it is “very good for its price” are quite ambiguous and sometimes pointless, because everyone has different perception and expectation from the particular price point bass.

My main reason for this thread post was more to distinguish whether to go for the active MIM Fender Jazz or settle for a Sire and save £400+ in the process? No, the MIM Fender deluxe active jazz bass.

I believe they are meant to be a gap filler between the standard MIM and the MIA? I haven't played any recent MIA's, so can't comment on that.

Going by most TB and external reviews of the Sire basses I'd assume that the high-end MIM Fenders boast better hardware materials, but that's probably about as far as it goes. It's free delivery from Germany, and they have 30 days return policy.

I have a few thoughts and this comes from someone that read the whole club thread and watched all the videos before mine came in. Fret work seems good though I do not like a really low action, so can't comment on that.

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The hardware leaves a little to be desired, not the best of course, but it does work and at this price point it is really not that unexpected. This bass sounds really, wonderful ; I can easily see doing pro work with it and there are many cats that are.

My main bass is a Sapolsky, and this Sire actually sounds better in passive mode than my Sad. In active mode, then there is a difference but mostly in flavor, they are both very good from a tone standpoint.

Finish is great, preamp is outstanding, and honestly I don't know how they manage that at the price point. But that's personal preference, as I'm not a jazz bass guy.

Marcus Miller would not put his name on something he couldn't get out of the box and play onstage. Here are some related products that TB members are talking about.

Why, then, would Marcus decide to work with a relatively unknown Korean company on a line of exceptionally affordable signature models that he actually plays onstage? It got to the point where my primary task seemed to become dreaming up new ways to say the same thing: It’s amazing how cheap and good these basses can be.

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Marcus wanted to make a pro-quality bass accessible to the masses, and the Sire V7s accomplish the task with ease. Made in Indonesia, the V7 basses benefit hugely from the consistency and precision of contemporary CNC manufacturing.

The best high-end Fender-style basses I’ve played integrate a slew of subtle touches into a palpable feeling of luxury, playability, and quality. One small clue as to the bass’ inexpensive origins is its hardware, which includes a “high-mass” bridge with optional through-body stringing and Fender-style open gear tuners.

They function as expected, with no binding or imprecision, but they also don’t ooze deluxe sex appeal. (Image credit: Guitar Center)In keeping with the theme, the Sire basses offer an impressive electronics package for the price.

The pickups feed a remarkably robust 18-volt preamp that Sire and Marcus Miller partnered to design. Consisting of three bands of EQs with a semi-parametric midrange, a passive-style tone control, and active/passive switch, the preamp sounds fantastic, offering a ton of variety due in no small part to the sweepable midrange band and always-welcome tone control.

The shallow-C profile neck was fast, the healthy radius felt right, and the strapped and lapped balance was pure Fender-land. I tested the Sire basses through a slew of rigs, including various combinations of Glockenklang, Aguilar, Mark bass, and EBS heads and cabinets, and in my home studio through a Névé RANDI into an Apogee Duet feeding Logic Pro.

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I simply boosted the bass and treble, cut the mid in the 600Hz range, blended the pickups, dimmed the tone, et voilà, total Tutu time. Backing off on the tone a bit and soloing the bridge pickup was Jacobite, with a rich and bury midrange and gut-busting punch.

At the same time, all answers like it is “very good for its price” are quite ambiguous and sometimes pointless, because mostly the auditorium for whom ewe play for does not care what basses we are playing. It is all in our heads and hands and for sure it sometimes influences on our playability and skills... all of course is IMO....

Not trying to be a smart ass, but if you have not played or owned one, you really have no reason to comment. Customer service was responsive and replaced it for another V7... which had electronics problems (loud pops from the mid control).

Otherwise, they seem like solid products, though I do agree that some components (and in my case, the electronics assembly) are not on that top tier. A while back I picked up a Sire used, just to check it out, and it amazed me how good an instrument it was, for the price.

By way of a baseline, I'm fortunate to have enough bread to own a few Sadowskys--and that's what I play. When you get into the boutique category, I figure you're getting down to real fine points about suiting your personal preferences.

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The Will Lee 5 is my personal Is bass, so I've got a few of those in various wood and pup combinations. But IMHO the Sire I had in my hands would certainly compete with basses priced into the mid teens.

Will Fender, Music Man and Rickenbacker allow this madness to continue unchecked? Not to derail the thread, but I have no idea what Hudson is and what was done to them, but it sounds juicy.

They are about even with American Fender Jazzes in terms of quality. I have heard a lot of bad things about the hardware on the V7, but I have never had an issue with mine.

Every Les Paul guitar I've picked up, I did not like the way it felt in my hands (QC issues aside). You can't play a Sire in a guitar shop.

My main reason for this thread post was more to distinguish whether to go for the active MIM Fender Jazz or settle for a Sire and save £400+ in the process? If you're going to “settle” for a Sire then just go buy the MIM because it sounds like you're more of a label snob.

acoustic bass ab taylor rare electric amazing talkbass sold
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That said, it appears from your use of the £ sign in referring to money that you're in Great Britain somewhere. They have decent prices good inventory at the moment, and you can return it within 30 days if you don't like it.

(Of course I don't own one and never played one, but as TB member that should not stop me from having an opinion!) I have a few thoughts and this comes from someone that read the whole club thread and watched all the videos before mine came in.

Fret work seems good though I do not like a really low action, so can't comment on that. The hardware leaves a little to be desired, not the best of course, but it does work and at this price point it is really not that unexpected.

This bass sounds really, wonderful ; I can easily see doing pro work with it and there are many cats that are. My main bass is a Sapolsky, and this Sire actually sounds better in passive mode than my Sad.

In active mode, then there is a difference but mostly in flavor, they are both very good from a tone standpoint. If Sire Made a model in the same price range with the same materials and attention to detail as other high-end basses it would honestly be an amazing bass.

I would say i didn't find the hardware to be substandard at all, tuners are off brand but solid (I only took mine out of a soft case yesterday after it was sitting in a hallway for 2 weeks, and it was still in tune) and the bridge is a big bad ass style. Not bad but average and hyped from what I gather, having tried a couple.

I picked up one used...loved the look and feel but sold it to fund a custom bass. IMO,V7 is hype and not good as my high end.

I know Ryan stasis from Humphreys McGee has been playing one at live shows, and it sounds good and brownie from The disco biscuits posted about how much he liked the v7...but I've been wanting to try one suitor after all this writing I have not added anything of value after all If you're going to “settle” for a Sire then just go buy the MIM because it sounds like you're more of a label snob.

That said, it appears from your use of the £ sign in referring to money that you're in Great Britain somewhere. They have decent prices good inventory at the moment, and you can return it within 30 days if you don't like it.

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