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Fender Marcus Miller V

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by De Teng, Feb 19, 2004.

  1. De Teng

    De Teng

    Oct 27, 2003
    Utrecht, Holland
    Instead of the japanese bass, which has been thoroughly tested and written about off course, I have not yet read anything about the five string USA version.

    Personally, I really love the 'fatness' of the look of a five string. While a normal fourstring is allways a bit tiny concerning the looks, and the MM bass is not, the five is -for me- the zenith, talking about a bass having balls.

    Anyone who owns that bass or has played it yet? I'm really curious about this one, because in the short future, perhaps I can afford one.

    White bass, not cool? Check this one!

  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile

    White basses are way cool IMHO! especially white on ash :cool:

    I'm dieing to try one out! I've got a fender dealer local that isn't planning on getting one in to sell... but I can order one if I'd like :mad:

    I just want to try it out. I do prefer a flat fingerboard, so I'm not sure how the MM would feel to me.
  3. taking back sundays bassist uses a 5 string marcus miller.. or i have seen him before. his was natural
  4. Arcatus


    Feb 8, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    Martin Mendez, Opeth's bassist, uses one too...
  5. De Teng

    De Teng

    Oct 27, 2003
    Utrecht, Holland
    I heard this guy uses a fourstring.

    Anway... I tried one this evening in the local store. It plays great, no doubt about that. Very flat neck, no problem to pump out some great grooves too. But what annoys me quite a bit, is the fact that you can't sound like yourself. You sound like Marcus Miller, no matter what you play. And that is just the point, which I don't want. If you love the sound of Marcus... just don't think about it and buy it, it will be the greatest bass in your life. But if you want a more versatile bass, which will sound in a lot of different ways like you want it -not like Marcus wants it- it will not be your one. Try something else then.

  6. contrabajisimo

    contrabajisimo Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    Irvine, CA
    Founder and Director, SoCal Jazz Academy LLC
    Did you try Roscoe Beck V? I hear it's another great 5 string from Fender with all that sonic versatility. I might look into MMV.
  7. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Does the five use the badass bridge? Doesn't look like it from that picture.
  8. bassaussie


    Oct 6, 2001
    I've tried one, and I thought it was great. I'd tried the 4 string out only a few weeks earlier, and was a bit disappointed. So naturally I was really interested to see how the 5 string shaped up. I thought the neck was brilliant, the preamp was definitely better than on the 4 string, and it just felt nicer all round, plus it was heaps lighter. I'd even go so far as to say that I think it's the nicest 5 string Fender I've tried, and yes, I've tried the Roscoe Beck. Although the RB5 seems a nice bass, I thought the neck on the MM5 felt a lot nicer - it didn't seem as wide and difficult to play as the RB5 did. Having said that, you'll also have to take into account the fact that I'm not a big fan of wide necks, so for a lot of 5 string specialists, I'm sure the Roscoe Beck's neck width is far more acceptable.

    Getting back to the MM5, I'll just summarise by saying that, although I thought it was far superior to the 4 string model, it also costs a lot more (3 times or so) the price of the four string, so I'd expect it to be a lot better.
  9. contrabajisimo

    contrabajisimo Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    Irvine, CA
    Founder and Director, SoCal Jazz Academy LLC
    I don't have any problems with the preamp on MM4. It's actually pretty good, so I don't use my outboard Sadowsky preamp. It's fine like it is. The MMV retails for around 1,500$ which is almost twice as much. But it's made in the US and I bet with more attention to details/material/construction.
  10. AJ Love

    AJ Love

    Oct 8, 2002
    Madison WI USA
    I think its just OK. for $1500 you can get into a used Elrick, Lull or Roscoe that will blow it away
  11. Hi, I played two MM 5 stringers and I was not impressed at all! I thought they sounded quite weak. I prefer my Roscoe Beck 5!
  12. 3rdEye


    Nov 30, 2002
    Yeah same here with me. I tried the MM5 and was not impressed either. Plus I don't like the vintage tinged finish they have on it.
  13. De Teng

    De Teng

    Oct 27, 2003
    Utrecht, Holland
    I think you Americans are so lucky -not considering your president though.. :D - because in Europe the cool basses, which are built in the US- are way too expensive.

    To give an example: The MM5 string is over here 2200 euro's, which will be at your place... (if you would calculate only the euro/dollar rate) about 2840 US dollars!

    So imagine, we would expect a lot more from a US made bass, compared to European models in that range of prices.
  14. goran


    Dec 17, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Bartolini

  15. probably because the BadassV bridge is so big it would sit on the pickguard/control plate.....
  16. You could fly to the US and pick one up and still come out ahead.

    Although the customs duty would probably kill any savings!

  17. De Teng

    De Teng

    Oct 27, 2003
    Utrecht, Holland
    Oh yes... they will.

    And you can't cheat them, because they have lots of brochures with them, to check what instrument you have on your side. (or in your case..)
  18. we keep rebouncing to opeth, dont we teng? :D

    anyway, here is his MM:


    jazz used on "damnation":


    on some basses its possible to save. for example a rickenbacker. i finally found one willing to ship to the netherlands. it would be at my back door for €1200 including tax duties. a new one here costs €1700.

    on a stingray you can save too. fender: forget it, they are as expensive in US as they are here.

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