Sire 5-string bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TKontheBASS, Sep 20, 2022.

  1. Hey all...looking to add a 5-string to my collection. I'd like to get one with a wide neck but not sure who makes the wider 5 -string basses. At this point, I don't want it as my main bass but have it more for songs where I could use having a 5-string around to switch over to. I had an Ibanez 5-string but sold it because the strings just seemed to close together and just couldn't get use to playing it with my larger hands and didn't car for the tone. I was looking at the SIRE Marcus Miller basses and I like the price point on seem fairly good for the most part but wanted to come here to get some input on anyone who may own a SIRE. TIA
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I have 6 Sire basses now, love them all. 5 older Gen 1s, and just this year I picked up a Gen 2 D5 4 string single coil, in honor of the '54 Fender I learned on. I find the spacing to be good for me, not too narrow, not too wide, but that may or may not be wide enough for your comfort. Do you have other examples of basses with adequately wide spacing?

    And yeah, as far as I'm concerned, Sire has the best bang-for-the-buck out there, best value for the money. They really are that good. QC is pretty good, though some lemons slip through, their customer service is also pretty good.

    The biggest issue these days is availability - they are selling fast - literally as fast as they can build them.
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  3. thanks for responding. I play a Fender P and Jazz bass (4-string) for both. I was looking at the Sire Marcus Miller vintage swamp ash 5 string but still kinda learning all the different models and trying to figure out the differences.
  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Yeah, there sure are lots of choices now. Ok, so first question - active or passive?
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  5. I've mainly been playing passive basses but I recently got a Ernie Ball MUSICMAN that is active that I"m still getting use to but I do like it
  6. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    I will echo what bholder said, value-wise the Sired are very hard to beat. And I agree, while my 5 string 1st gen V7 is comfortable for me, but I wouldn't describe it as wide, as 5ers go. It would be a good idea for you to try to get your hands on one to determine if you like the feel, of you can.

    The quality on both of mine (the other is a 2nd gen Alder M7) is great, as is the pre, although some change the cap on the passive tone control for a larger valued one (I didn't).

    Good luck in your search.
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