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Marcus Miller V3 BK 2nd Gen

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Electric bass

  • Mahogany body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard (<i>Dalbergia Latifolia</i>)
  • Neck profile: C
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Nut width: 38 mm
  • 20 Medium small frets
  • Pickups: 2 Marcus Standard Jazz Bass J-Revolution single coils
  • Marcus Heritage-3 Electronics with frequency control
  • Controls: Volume/Tone (dual poti), Pickup Blender, Treble, Middle/Middle Frequency (dual poti), Bass
  • Active / passive mini toggle switch
  • Colour: Black
  • Made by Sire
Available since November 2018
Item number 446375
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Black
Soundboard Mahogany
Neck Maple
Fretboard Rosewood
Frets 20
Scale Longscale
Pickup System JJ
Elektronic Aktive, Passive
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Incl. Gigbag No
1.289 AED 323,53 €
Plus 279 AED shipping
The price in AED is a guideline price only
Since we ship from Germany, additional costs through taxes and customs may be incurred
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Collaboration with a legend

Marcus Miller V3 BK 2nd Gen E-Bass

The partnership between Indonesian company Sire and American bass legend Marcus Miller has been a successful one for many years now, and one of the many fruits that it has borne is the Marcus Miller V3, shown here in its second generation. The Sire MM V3 is a four-string "J-bass" that is equal to its bigger brother (the V7) in virtually every aspect - the only difference being that a smaller number of options are available in terms of woods and finishes. Apart from that however, the V3 provides the authentic sound of a "J-bass" together with the same playing feel that bassists know and love. The proprietary Marcus Miller "Heritage 3" preamp and three-band EQ are on board too, making this an immensely versatile bass. This second generation also boasts additional highlights such as fingerboard edges that have been meticulously rolled and smoothened for ehnanced comfort - a detail usually only found on instruments in much higher price brackets. This wealth of features Sire's ambition to provide high-quality basses at extremely reasonable prices.

Classic concept meets sonic versatility

The foundation of the Sire MM V3 is a combination of a mahogany body, maple neck, and 20-fret rosewood fingerboard. The neck has a C-shape profile and is 38mm wide at the nut, and the V3 has a 34" scale length, so it provides a familiar "J-bass" playing feel that will have bassists feeling at home right away. What is more, the "Edgeless™" fingerboard means that the player can move around the neck however they want without any uncomfortable fret edges getting in the way. Two Marcus Miller J-Revolution single coil pickups combined with the preamp system mentioned above are the sonic heart of this bass, and players can choose between a conventional passive mode in which the pickups are governed by a single tone control and a modern active mode in which the separate controls for bass, mid, and treble frequencies provide extended tonal flexibility. The classic black finish complements the V3 perfectly and gives it a timeless look that will suit any musical style.

The V3's sophisticated electronics provide a wide range of tonal options. In passive mode, the player has a dual pot with controls for volume and tone as well as a pickup blend knob at their disposal. The mini-toggle switch can be used to put the bass in active mode, in which the three-band EQ controls can then be used to sculpt the sound to suit the player's requirements even more precisely. In addition to the controls for bass, mid, and treble frequencies, a parametric boost/cut control for the mid frequencies lets the player shift the mid-range focus steplessly between 80Hz and 2kHz. And since the active tone circuit operates at 18V, plenty of headroom and dynamic scope is always ensured.

Marcus Miller V3 BK 2nd Gen with mahogany body and two single coil pickups

For "J-bass" fans who want a little more

"J-style" basses have decisively helped to shape the course of music history and garnered immense popularity with players everywhere - and with good reason. Despite the standard design already offering two pickups and a passive tone control, however, many players want a "J-bass" that will give them even more sonic versatility to keep them in step with today's musical world. The Sire MM V3 is therefore the perfect bass for anyone who has set their sights firmly on the classic "J-bass" design but also wants to have those punchy modern sounds at their fingertips. The budget-friendly price of this bass also makes it an interesting choice as a backup instrument as well as a good candidate for guitarists who additionally pull double duty on the bass.

Headstock with Marcus Miller logo

About Sire

Sire, now based in California, was originally founded by a Korean guitar maker who had been successful in Asia since the late 90s. Since 2015, Sire has created a wide range of basses in collaboration with international superstar Marcus Miller, which combine modern versatility with classic looks and are hugely successful worldwide. In 2020, Sire’s range was expanded once more to include acoustic and electric guitars, this time in collaboration with Larry Carlton. Whether Marcus Miller basses or Larry Carlton guitars, Sire always delivers excellent quality in different price brackets.

At home in every genre

Since the 1960s, the two-pickup "J-bass" design has been at home in virtually every style of music, from Soul, Blues, Reggae, and Funk through to Rock and Metal. The bridge pickup delivers a punchy mid-range response with plenty of attack, while the neck pickup provides a full-sounding low-end presence. And combining both pickups produces a sound that has become universally known and loved in all manner of genres and with every playing style. Thanks to its optional active three-band EQ controls, the V3 is significantly more versatile than its purely passive counterparts and will easily be able to handle the demands of the modern music production environment - from Metal bass tones with plenty of bite, attack, and punch through to contemporary R&B or Reggae sounds with a full low end and understated midrange response. And since the V3's active circuit operates at 18V, unwanted distortion will not occur.

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Enjoyable Instrument
Lavii 05.04.2022
Before I start describing the overall experience, I would like to say the price for this instrument and what it offers stays UNBEATEN. I’ve had many “cheaper” basses but this one absolutely blew my mind with one thing; it’s versatility and adaptability. Options are basically endless, starting with 2 ways of putting your strings though it to passive/active pickups.
It was a bit harder for some reason to set it up but once I’ve got that it was an absolute joyride.
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Very nice but
Shas-O 30.10.2020
Pros:
Neck edges are very good and comfortable to play.

Bass sounds and plays great, some minor tweaks required for my preference but excellent out of the box, however......

Cons:
Tuning posts need some thought though as they are waisted and have a lip at the bottom preventing the string to get the best angle over the nut causing rattling on the E string when played energetically. The first 3 strings have a clamp to hold them down so not a problem for them.

A leaflet with some instruction on the functionality of the active tone controls would be beneficial didn't find anything in the box.

Some electrical buzz in passive and active mode when tone is set to high treble.
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Beautiful V3 Marcus Miller bass
Lucky ???? 22.01.2022
Beautiful bass, Sound, Feel and finish!!!
I ordered bass and mailed to America,
So happy. However the person
Who pack bass did a poor job
It made without damage. I don’t know how , pure luck . Everything else about Thomann Five Star ⭐️.
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igorchy 05.03.2020
I play bass for more than 20 years. In this period, I had several instruments, including short scale. I bought Marcus Miller V3 after a thorough resaearch in the internet - based on tons of reviews and comments of happy users. Now, I can say it is worth much more than it is priced for. After I received a pack from Thomann, I made a tiny adjustment of the bridge only to get a lower, more comfortable string action (I must say that originally the guitar was set pretty well). Intonation was set perfect - nothing needed to be corrected. Regarding the sound, the instrument offers a wide range of tones, even in a passive mode. As for the look, the finish is great - I have no claims.
If one asked me what I liked the most in the first touch, I would say it was the neck because it is very comfortable and fast.
I can really recommend this instrument.
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