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  • No. of Frets:
    20
    Scale Length:
    34"
    Construction:
    Bolt-On
    No. of Strings:
    5
    Body Material:
    Premium Ash
    Neck Material:
    1-Piece Maple, "C" shape
    Body Finish:
    Gloss Polyurethane
    Nut Width:
    1.825"
    Fingerboard Material:
    Maple
    Bridge:
    Deluxe Chrome Plated 5-String Steel Bridge Plate (Strings-Thru-Body or Top Load), with Nickel Plated Brass Saddles
    Pickups:
    2 Custom Vintage-Style 5-String Jazz Bass Single-Coil Pickups (Mid & Bridge)
    Other Hardware:
    Hipshot Ultralite Tuning Machines
    Chrome Neck Pickup Cover,
    Knurled Chrome Dome Knobs on Volume Controls,
    Black Jazz Bass Knobs on Tone Controls,
    Posiflex™ Graphite Neck Support Rods,
    Contoured Heel,
    Assymetrical 5-Bolt Neck Plate,
    White Binding And White Pearl Block Inlay,
    Satin Finish Neck with Gloss Finish on Headstock,
    Rear Mounted Battery Compartment,
    Marcus Miller Signature on Headstock
    EQ / Controls:
    Volume 1. (Neck Pickup),
    Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup),
    Tone 1. Active Treble Boost only,
    Tone 2. Active Bass Boost only
    Price:
    $1700

Recent Reviews

  1. tcbass4ever
    4/5,
    "wicked sound"
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    4/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - awesome bass,american made
    Cons - bridge
    first off i love fenders,this bass is american made,it has a wicked sound,it will outlive me,my only complaint is the bridge it should of had a bad ass 5 on it.the neck on this bass just feels and plays great,the sound and construction is solid
    Price Paid:
    $1500
    Laklandlover likes this.
  2. black.rose1402
    5/5,
    "the sound!!!!"
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - great sound great neck
    Cons - the treble boost on the preamp
    i took it 2 weeks ago

    I already had the 4 string model with sadowsky onboard preamp

    but this is a different animal

    the neck has this special shape that is so comfortable to me, the finish is great and allows you to play really fast

    the sound!!!!!!! great really marcus sound if you want to but it's also very versatile, you can play whatever you want with this bass, not only a marcus bass!!!

    I took it because I was used to play with my 4 string but I needed a 5 familiar because I'm used to slap with the pu cover and that's the only 5 string with it!

    this bass has a lot of punch especially slappin' it it has a huge bottom end and a very great growl

    I like the look of this bass, the blocks are sooooo nice!!

    its different from the japanese model, and I have to say that american model are simply great, the finish is great the sound is awesome, even if the japanese is well built, i admit that the american model is better

    what I have to say about this : buy it!!!!! or no don't because i don't wanna see a lot of players having the same bass!!!;)

    great tone expensive bass but what a bass!!!
    Laklandlover likes this.
  3. macintushy
    5/5,
    "Very good bass"
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    4/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Tone, feel
    Cons - Some faults with screws and stuff
    This is a very good bass, and I think most reviewers have said enough about the features. Of course, tone is a very subjective matter, but I think to most people this V sounds fat and huge and yet can still remain very warm, instead of getting too artifucual and cold like some active ones can be.

    I was not a Miller fan to begin with, but after having this V for a couple of weeks, I have learn to appreciate more and more of Miller's music.
    Laklandlover likes this.
  4. mlowe
    5/5,
    "Best feeling 5 string"
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Everything
    Cons - None yet
    Yes, it isn't exactly the same as Marcus's bass. But, it absolutely sounds the same. It is the first new Fender that has turned me from buying a Sadowsky or a Musicman. I honestly can't tell you of any weakness with this bass.

    The reviews on here that give it good raps are for good reason.

    I agree a lot about the neck. It is one of the best feeling 5 strings I've picked up. It is lighter but still has the big fat sound of the big fat body. But, it can also dial in some nice warm smooth tones too. That i didn't expect. Like just about everything to do with bass you have to hear it for yourself.

    The only thing I changed was the strings. Wait for it, GHS. They sound very good on this bass.

    If I can only keep one bass this is it.

    Had this bass a year now and still love it, every time I pick it up it re-impresses me. Worth the 4 month wait to get it.

    Wait, change strings to DR lowriders, whoa B string is now awesome and chunky not clunky. Can't believe these strings made this much difference to the B.

    Still love this bass.
    Price Paid:
    $3400 (AU)
  5. ad9000
    5/5,
    "Best 5-string fender ever made"
    Tone:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Feel:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - xlnt weight & balance, fantastic neck, great electronics, true Fender vibe
    Cons - lack of passive tone control, finish issues w/neck
    Note: Two of the other reviews above obviously refer to the 4-string Marcus, which is a somewhat different animal than the V.

    I had been looking for a Marcus V for about 6 months and finally found a used one. Other than some fret wear indicating a lot of use, it is in good shape and is virtually identical in weight and feel to one I played previously.

    Simply put, the Marcus V is the best 5-string Fender has ever made by a considerable margin. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is the best new production bass they have come out with in many years (excluding Custom Shop models). It's obvious a lot of thought went into various design aspects, including much input from Marcus himself, apparently.

    As far as the overall concept of the instrument, it is meant to be a faithful 5-string version of Marcus' '77 Jazz Bass with some more modern design tweaks. Among those are the Hipshot Ultralite tuners, the lightweight bridge with thru-body stringing, and the offset 5-bolt neck attachment scheme. Some late-'70's Fender features remain - thick acrylic finish, ash body and black pickguard - but thankfully, some are eliminated (bullet truss rod, 3-bolt neck attachment, chunky necks, poor quality control). Also, unlike the typically super-heavy late '70's Fender bodies, the Marcus V has weight standards resulting in a pleasantly light and perfectly balanced instrument.

    I know the pickup cover is authentic and probably will be appreciated by some players who use it as an anchor for slapping, but for me it is right in the area where I usually pluck, so it had to go.

    Apprearance wise, my bass is in the "natural" finish, which shows off the nicely chosen, well-matched ash used in the two-piece body. The large, out-of-proportion pickguard is not very attractive but it is true to Marcus' bass, which is the idea with a signature model, I guess.

    The neck radius is a very comfortable shallow "C" shape. I would describe it as "wide and thin." This brings me to one of my only complaints about the bass. In attempting to replicate the aged "amber" appearance of Marcus' neck, Fender mixes a fairly dark amber dye in with the finish, a practice they have used on various reissue models over the years. In the case of the Marcus V, it is sprayed over the frets, binding and inlays, giving the inlays an ugly, yellowish cast and completely obscuring the binding! I understand to do a more realistic replication would be a much less cost-effective process, but please! Fortunately, if I really like the way a bass plays and sounds I can be a bit forgiving of the aesthetics.

    Ah, now I can talk about the electronics. The control scheme is vol/vol/treb/bass (all boost) as on the Sadowsky basses. Fender has added a switch which bypasses the active circuit, putting the electronics in a passive mode. I would be greatly in favor of adding a traditional passive tone control that works in both active and passive modes. In fact, as I'm sure I am going to keep this bass and am not overly concerned with keeping it 100% original, I am planning to add such a tone control in line after the volume pots.

    How does the bass sound? It has the familiar Marcus tone, with lots of headroom and none of the dead giveaways some active basses display. When I first plugged the bass in, I had to bust into "Tutu", "Never Too Much" and some other Marcus favorites. However, I wouldn't say the sound is limited to that flavor. It has a big, ballsy rock sound when played with a pick and a back pickup sound that is very usable - not as thin and nasal as on some Jazz Bass-style instruments. I like opening up the treble and bass controls just about 20%, which makes the bass bigger and wider without being overtly "active" sounding. The treble control nicely brings out the subtleties of fingerstyle playing, and the bass control is voiced low enough to add an overall hugeness to the bottom end without getting muddy.

    The low "B" merits some discussion, as it is usually the trouble spot with Fender-style 5-strings. When designing a Fender-style 5, the first question has to be whether to go 35" scale or not. The Lakland 5's and others have very successfully used a 35" scale, but Fender chose not to with the Marcus V, wisely so in my opinion. There is something about the comfort and familiarity of 34" scale. Somehow, with this bass Fender has produced a very nice low "B" with lots of authority and focus and a response that is well balanced with the other strings. I give it (the low "B") a 9.25 on a scale of 10. Hurray!

    In conclusion, the Marcus V is a fairly priced, excellent choice in the hot rod Jazz Bass 5-string sweepstakes. For a lot less than a Sadowsky Metro, for example (a great instrument in its own right), you can get an instrument with much more character and lots of true Fender vibe, if that's what floats your boat (it does mine). Run, don't walk to pick up one of these basses, if you can find one. During the couple of months I was actively looking for a new one, there wasn't one to be found in any music store in Southern California or at any of the typical online bass retailers, and a dealer I checked with said they were backordered 2-3 months.

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