Marcus Miller V - Weight?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by IotaNet, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. The MM 5-string is officially on my "I'm saving for one" list but I am very curious about the weight.

    Does anyone know what they weigh? For those of you who have one, are they especially heavy to play for an extended period? (My back gives me trouble from time to time so I like to stay away from excessively heavy basses.)

    Thanks in advance!
  2. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    Bumpity bump. . . I'm curious on this too. There are no spec's for approx. weight on the Fender site. Also, for wood material it just says "premium ash". . . does anyone know whether they're using the heavy northern ash as the true 70's basses used (i.e. Marcus's bass) or if they're using swamp ash which is lighter and what Sadowsky and many other custom builders use.

    Anyone. . . :eyebrow:
  3. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    It is listed at around 9 to 10 lbs, but it didn't feel that heavy to me.
  4. I did feel that bass was heavy at first. I had a spare strap, 3" wide, and realized that the bass created that shoulder cut feel after a couple of hours playing. I replaced the strap with a 4" wide and it is much better.
    I have a Zon Studio 5. The MM-V is not as heavy but the balance is different. The Zon balances well, the neck is heavier than of the MM-V and tends to help balance the bass on your shoulder.
    The MM-V is body heavy and tends to slide down on the body side... I definitely recommend the 4" strap (no need to sped $109 though :D ).
  5. Eek - I owned an MM4 and it was built like a tank... to bad it weighed as much as one :smug:

    I'd genuinely hunt one down and lift it with my own two hands, if ya dig.
  6. gruuv


    Jan 23, 2004
    +1 on the Marcus 4. . . very heavy bass. Comparable to a Thumb 4 neck-thru I used to own. I figure if the V's are made of the same ash then they're beasts.
  7. Keeaumoku


    Dec 29, 2004
    Wow... what a coincidence! The ugly brown truck left my warehouse no more than 20 minutes ago. He delivered my Marcus Miller-5, aged natural, which I had ordered last Wednesday. I've been jonesing for an MM-5 since the beginning of this year; however, everytime I would go online to check with Musician's Friend, or call Bass Central, as well as some online sites, no one would have any, or they didn't have the color I wanted.

    I've been lusting after this bass in the following colors... according to preference:

    1.) Aged Natural
    2.) Vintage White
    3.) Sunburst

    I gotta admit... at one point during the summer months, Musician's Friend had a Sunburst available... for a little over a week... I know, 'cuz I checked everyday, but I couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger. Then the week before Thanksgiving, I had checked MF, and they had the white one available. I checked every day for 5 days straight, and it continued to be available. So, the day before T-giving, I checked again, 'cuz I had decided to go for it. It was gone! However, as luck would have it, my most preferred "color" was available... aged natural... and this time I figured this must've been some kind of sign, so I immediately pulled out the mastercard... and now I'm sitting here looking at it hanging there in the guitar stand! I finally got the very one I've wanted!

    I log onto TB to brag about my new acquisition, and this thread (at that point in time) appears at the top of the list! So, I took my MM-5 out to my shipping department, and placed it on the electronic scale. Here is the result:

    9.5 pounds

    My guitar player and singer will be showing up this evening for a vocals practice... we do this periodically without our drummer- we use a drum machine to keep time... they will be surprised, as I said nothing about ordering this bass.
  8. I agree... she looks great :D
    How about putting it on your laps and using your hands to touch her? ;)
  9. Bernie Connors

    Bernie Connors Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2002
    Indiana, USA
    Cool story!! Do you have any pics of it yet?
  10. Keeaumoku


    Dec 29, 2004
    No worries, brah! She's going to receive lots of petting later this evening... ;)
  11. Keeaumoku


    Dec 29, 2004
    Not yet, 'cuz I'm a techno idiot when it comes to doing that. However... I've read it several times here in TB, "It doesn't exist without pics..." So... one of these days, and hopefully pretty soon, I'll post pics of all my stuff! Thanks for the positive comment! ;)
  12. That settles it -- the MMV is officially on the "summertime present to myself" list. 9.5 pounds is DEFINITELY manageable!

    Congrats on the new axe and thanks for the info!