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Sire M7 Bass Review

Sire Guitars recently released the Marcus Miller by Sire M7 bass guitar to the market. This bass, designed in conjunction with Marcus Miller, follows the spectacularly successful release of the Sire V7 jazz type bass. In line with Sire’s commitment to high quality at a reasonable price, the Sire M7 is a spectacular instrument at mind-blowingly affordable price.

The Sire M7 comes in either four or five string format. Also, the customer has an option to choose either a less expensive alder body with a flamed maple top, or an ash body also with a flamed maple top. Unlike the Sire V7 which has two jazz pickups, the M7 has two humbuckers. The pickups sound fantastic in either active or passive mode.

M7The Sire M7 shares the same robust 18 volt preamp as the Sire V7. The controls are: stacked volume/tone, pickup blend, treble, stacked mid/mid sweep, and bass. An active/passive toggle switch is included. In addition to these controls are two three-way toggle switches. These switches allow the player to switch each pickup between single coil, parallel and series.

The neck profile is nothing short of fantastic. The finish is a fast and smooth satin. The nut is made of bone, and the fingerboard is rosewood with dot inlays. The headstock is proportional to the size of the body, and is loaded with smooth tuning machines. Both four string and five string M7 basses have a 24 fret neck.

Sire ships the M7 with a nice, light, yet protective gig bag that is included in the price. The weight of the bass (the 5 string ash body M7 was reviewed) is reasonable.

The workmanship on the Sire M7 is fantastic. The fit and finish are truly impressive, especially when you consider how affordable these basses are. Like the Sire V7, the Sire M7 is a professional instrument at an affordable price.

The Sire M7 has an unmistakable humbucker sound. Overall, the M7 has a big, deep and warm sound. It sits very nicely in the mix when played with a band. When thumped or slapped, the Sire M7 has a distinctly different sound than the Sire V7, however, it is percussive and musical. The Sire M7 is capable of being a great option as a primary bass, or an only instrument.

With the Sire M7, Sire Guitars has hit another home-run! http://www.sire-usa.com/

Vuyani Wakaba

Specifications
Body
Body Material: Alder/Ash with Solid Top Flame Maple Wood
Body Shape: New Modern Bass
Body Color: TBK(Transparent Black) and NT(natural) for Ash Models, BR (Brown) and TBL (Transparent Blue) for the Alder Models all under Satin Finish

Neck
Neck Material: Hard Maple
Neck Shape: C-Shape
Scale: 34’/35′ ( For 5 string 35′ for clear low B )
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 12”
Frets: Medium , 24 Frets
String Nut : Bone Nut
Inlay: White Pearl Dot
Neck Joint: 4/5 Bolt Individual Dot (5 hole for 5 string)
Graphite Reinforcement: Only on 5 string M7

Electronics
Pickups: Marcus Miller pure humbucker (MMPH set )
Electronics: Marcus Miller Heritage- 3 with Middle Frequency Control
Controls: Volume / Tone (Dual Pot) | Pickup Blender | Treble | Middle / Middle Frequency (Dual Pot) | Bass, Mini Toggle (Active / Passive ), Three way switch per pickup (Series Mode, Parallel Mode and Single Coil Mode)
Knobs: Modern Black

Hardware
Bridge: Marcus Miller Custom Big Mass2 Bridge (String-Thru Body option Bridge)
Tuning Gear: Sire Diecast Gear
Hardware Finish: Black
Pickguard: None
String Spacing At The Bridge: 20mm for the 4 string M7 & 18mm for the 5 string M7

Approximate Weight
M7 4 string alder: 3.7 kg ~ 4.1 kg ( 8.0 lbs ~ 9.25 lbs)
M7 4 string ash: 3.8 kg ~ 4.2 kg ( 8.4 lbs ~ 9.5 lbs )

M7 5 string alder:4 kg~4.4 kg (8.8 lbs ~ 9.7 lbs)
M7 5 string ash: 4 kg ~ 4.5 kg (8.8 lbs ~ 9.9)

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