Sire Bass Club!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dinodino, Mar 31, 2015.


What color/wood combination do you own?

Poll closed Jan 4, 2020.
  1. Bright Metallic Red/ Ash

    17 vote(s)
    1.6%
  2. Bright Metallic Red/ Alder

    33 vote(s)
    3.2%
  3. Natural/ Ash

    173 vote(s)
    16.7%
  4. Sunburst/ Ash

    104 vote(s)
    10.0%
  5. Sunburst/ Alder

    165 vote(s)
    15.9%
  6. White/ Ash

    86 vote(s)
    8.3%
  7. White/ Alder

    122 vote(s)
    11.7%
  8. Black/ Alder

    104 vote(s)
    10.0%
  9. M3

    28 vote(s)
    2.7%
  10. M7

    85 vote(s)
    8.2%
  11. I'm a heretic - I don't own one yet, but I'll see the light soon enough!

    243 vote(s)
    23.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. OldShark

    OldShark

    Apr 18, 2021
    Germany
    Somewhat strange, that the "cheaper" M5 is available in Ash only and the "top model" M7 6 string in Alder only, whereas the M7 4/5 strings offer both choices, with Ash as the more expensive option...
     
  2. TTPbass1

    TTPbass1 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Lima, Peru
    Good thing is we have plenty of options. I trend to prefer Alder over Ash, specially on a JB.
     
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  3. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    They do an M7 in ash too, carries around a $200 premium though. The M5 is a stellar value IMO
     
  4. OldShark

    OldShark

    Apr 18, 2021
    Germany
    AFAIK, Ash is not available as M7 6 string, the 6 string seems to be a model of its own...
    (And yes, I'd prefer the M5, too...)
     
  5. mb94952

    mb94952 Endorsing Artist : SFARZO STRINGS Supporting Member

    I own both the P5 in alder and ash. I find that the ash is much more full and rich sounding, whereas the alder is more polite. I wouldn't say ash is boomy, but it is bassy is a very good way. They both sound great, just a little different.
     
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  6. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Well, here it is. image.jpg
     
  7. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    Which is heavier, your alder or ash?
     
  8. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    VERY cool! Looks great, now plug it in and start twiddling knobs!
     
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  9. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    I just played this thing for only five minutes and I’ll tell you, I have no idea how SIRE can produce a bass this good at this price.
    I immediately went for the tuning machines because EVERYONE in every review has mentioned that these are absolute junk.
    I must be crazy because I can’t find anything wrong with them . They turn very smooth and are capable of accurate adjustments. They feel “al dente “ , not sloppy like they’re been described as.
    Maybe they have solved that issue?
    I ordered a set of Grover replacements in advance because of all the negative reviews, but now I’m unsure that they’re really needed.
    If this is SIREs $400 bass, I can only imagine what the higher end ones are like.
     
  10. mb94952

    mb94952 Endorsing Artist : SFARZO STRINGS Supporting Member

    I never even checked until you asked.
    My 1st Gen Ash Sire P5 weighs 9.6 lbs and my
    2nd Gen alder P5 weighs 8.1 lbs.
    I never thought about it because they both balance so well. The ash sure doesn't feel like it's nearly 10 lbs.
     
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  11. OldShark

    OldShark

    Apr 18, 2021
    Germany
    Both are active P7 models, not passive P5, right?

    My V7 1st and V7 Vintage 2nd, both 4 strings in Ash weigh 9.4 lbs according to bathroom scaling...which is alright with me.

    I had a 5 string V5 (and therefore alder) weighing the same. I assume the missing preamp might make a difference but alder seems generally less heavy.
     
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  12. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Update on my new V3.
    Just switched out the strings and set it up.
    I may be deep into the early honeymoon stage , but I’m gobsmacked by this instrument
    I honestly cannot understand why anybody would choose a Squier or even a mexican 7ender over a Sire.
    The hype seems to be not hype at all, but truth.
    When they say that these basses rival instruments costing twice as much, it’s not hyperbole. It’s fact!
    I can’t buy another one fast enough. I just need to decide which U5 color I prefer.
     
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  13. One Way

    One Way

    Mar 6, 2018
    Atlanta, GA
    I have a 1st Generation V7 that I purchased new and received April 2018. I’ve regularly gigged it and played it at home. The tuners feel smooth, bridge works well, and all are original. I’m very satisfied with my Sire and wish you similar success with yours
     
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  14. mb94952

    mb94952 Endorsing Artist : SFARZO STRINGS Supporting Member

    Correct, both are stock, aside from a Hipshot Drop D on each, so that still makes them equally comparable.
     
  15. Jamarvic

    Jamarvic Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    60707
    My recently acquired P7 5 is on the heavy side...:(
    I did the unscientific bathroom scale weighed myself with and without the bass, comes in way over 11lbs!
     
  16. Rob1957

    Rob1957

    Dec 3, 2020
    Happy Sire day Lesfunk!
    I have had 5 string V3 for almost a year now. I have never had a problem with the ‘crappy’ tuners since day one. Love the preamp and the sweepable mid frequency.

    Many hours of happy playing! Digging the color!
     
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  17. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    gracias amigo!
     
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  18. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    All of mine are 2nd gen except one ash V7 1G, and it had the tuners swapped out before I got it 2nd hand, so I've never experienced the bad 1G tuners. Lucky me I guess.
     
  19. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    That lines up with everything I've heard. My ash V7 is definitely the heaviest of my four Sires (2 V7s, 2 V3s).
     
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  20. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    They do listen to customers and react, though they don't always advertise it like that - I wouldn't be surprised at all if the tuners have been improved. They've updated the bridges several times, why not the tuners too? At the volumes Sire does now, they can probably get better hardware at cheaper rates. They sell a lot of basses now.
     
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