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New MIM Fender Marcus Miller - Initial Review

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MustGoFaster, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. MustGoFaster


    Jan 3, 2013
    New Guy Here...just took delivery of a MIM Marcus Miller. I initially balked at the thought of a Mexican Fender, but it's really a Marcus Miller Generation 2, with a better Pre-Amp and a true passive. The pickguard is now all one piece with the dual 9V's in the rear.

    It's fantastic in every way, played well right off the bat. The fit and finish is perfect, I can't find a thing to nit-pick on. The QC of the Mexican Fenders have come one heck of a long ways in the last few years.

    Tone: The best of both worlds. Passive give a great vintage jazz sound and active is a perfect clean thump. Cranking up the bass knob really puts the hammer down.

    Neck: Sleeker and thinner than a jazz neck - the finish, pearl inlays, and frets are awesome

    Weight: Yeah, she's a heavy girl!





    My only gripe is that Pickguards.us hasn't done a one-piece MM pickguard yet! I'm going white or white-pearl, and will be swapping in two more chrome knobs.

    Here's what I've spent the last 10 years on - Ibanez Ergodyne EDA900. It's been a workhorse of a guitar, with not a single penny in repairs. Don't judge - it's Light, fast, and loud. It is still a fantastic guitar for hard rock. And it never needs polished or shows fingerprints.

  2. exidor


    Jul 10, 2011
    thanks for the review I like the battery in the back! hey that Ibanez fret board looks like it could use some lemon oil just a thought the Mexican Fenders have come along way.

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.

    How is it a signature model with a neck as described?
  4. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    Nice! What does it weigh?
  5. I picked up a really nice MM jazz in Manny's back about 8 years ago and I'm sorry I sold her off. It had a really nice neck and it had a great tone. I was less experienced and I wanted an L2K so I sold that instead of waiting and saving some. My bass didn't have a tone control in passive mode and I do remember wanting that.
  6. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    I dig the wood grain. Lucky.
    Good to know the mim model is solid.
    My friend has an older MIJ version. Sounds fantastic but too heavy.
  7. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I love it definitely on my radar.
  8. atomicdog


    Jun 18, 2011
    Sweet. Congrats. Don't own one but have played one and was duly impressed (very much so).