Fretless it is: Maruszczyk vs Sire V7

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ander87, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Ander87


    Nov 7, 2018
    United Kingdom
    Hey gang,

    I'm on the hunt for a third bass; for context, I play mostly R&B/Neosoul, and have a MusicMan Stingray Special 5 as my main bass (18v, active, 3 band, roasted maple, ebony & swamp ash) on roundwounds, alongside a Sandberg VM5 (9v, active/passive, 2 band, P+MM, maple/rosewood + alder) on flatwounds.

    I want something slightly different this time, more ala jazz bass, and I've narrowed it down to 2 options in my budget: a Sire Marcus Miller V7 (18v, active/passive, JJ, swamp ash, maple/maple neck), or a Maruszczyk Elwood L4P (passive, alder w/maple top, roasted maple w/ebony) I've seen at a very good price - I'd initially prefer it to be 5 strings but there's a huge difference in price to add one string-.

    Yes, I know this is a 5 stringer vs a 4 string bass and am borderline sounding like a troll,but having already 2 basses on 5 strings, it wouldn't hurt the "versatility" (also spacing) of a passive 4 strings? The plan is, you guessed it right, to use tapewounds on the new acquisition to complete the 3 main types.

    I'm looking for a jazzier tone, a bit more nasal, not necessarily so deep, and whilst I'd want to use it in as many pieces as possible, I am clear that it'll be a 3rd bass and the main songs/tones are covered with the Musicman first, the Sandberg in other cases, and the fretless for what's left.


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    A million thanks.
  2. 80jazz


    Jun 28, 2008
    If price is irrelevant, I would go with Maruszczyk due to the options.
  3. Ander87


    Nov 7, 2018
    United Kingdom
    Hey, thank you for your answer!

    In this case, although the Maruszczyk IS pricier, we're talking about 200£ more to dough out which would be worth it I want to think!
  4. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Guest

    Nov 22, 2017
    Having just made the leap from four strings to five, I'd suggest that the difference in string spacing if you go to a four could be a substantial difference that will take some getting used to. Since you are comfortable with fivers already, I'd encourage you to think about springing for the extra $100 on the Sire to get that fifth string. I don't know what the price differential is on the Marusczyk but for the Sire it is not prohibitive.