I Have owned the 4 string version of the MM sig. I currently own the American Deluxe 5 string. While this isnt exactly what you described, I prefer the American deluxe for many reasons.
1. The pickguard. I grew to absolutely hate the MM pickguard. It cannot be removed, to get rid of the look. There are cavity's for the preamp and battery behind it.
2. The Japanese version may differ from the American version of the MM here: The fret work was very sloppy and needed dressing on the MM. My american deluxe has an amazing neck and the frets are wonderful as well as the finish of the neck. again this could be different compared to the american MM sig.
3. Lastly, the most important thing to me. The Preamp sucks in the Marcus imo, the passive tone was very bland and the active wasnt much better. It pretty much had one sound and that was it.
These things are subjective for the most part, but i found that to be consistent to the few that I played.
Overall I think you kind of make the American Deluxe your own personal signature in a way, by setting it up how you want and getting the exact tone you are looking for.
I could really only get a couple tones that all sounded similar, on my Marcus Miller Sig.
Again though. YMMV
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Last edited by Jheake : 02-14-2013 at 06:47 PM.