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Sire M3 or Yamaha TRBX 504

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Al Lever, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. Al Lever

    Al Lever

    Aug 2, 2012
    Hello everybody!

    I really need your experience with these basses M3 and TRVX 504
    I play a Sire M7 fretless which I love, playing it with Dadarrio or Thomastik flatwounds..
    My fretted bass is a cheap Jazzbass copy.
    Now I need an upgrade.
    I really love the sound of the M7, especially the middle frequency.
    But I am not sure if the M3 produce the same lovely sound.
    I don´t need the two switches the M7 does have to control the humbuckers.

    The M3 is much cheaper than the M7 but does it sound cheaper, too?

    The Yamaha TRBX 504 seems to be another fine bass for the money..
    And it means quality and durability!
    Do you think he can rival the M3?

    I am playing Jazz and some Pop music, no slapping, just fingertips..
    Also I prefer flats even on a fretted bass...
    What do you think? Sire, Yamaha?

    Have a nice day!
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    The M3 and the M7 have different humbuckers of course, but I'm still quite impressed by my M3. I was totally blown away by it when I first got it. I can't compare against the Yamaha, sorry. Heading out to work now but I'll try to remember to do a comparison between the M3 and the M7 (with the pickups in parallel mode on the M7) this evening
  3. Al Lever

    Al Lever

    Aug 2, 2012
    Thank you!! :)
  4. I'm interested to see how this thread turns out. I'm looking for an inexpensive, but great playing and sounding fretted bass to use when I don't want to take my number 1 out. The Sire M3 looks appealing to me. Someone else in another thread said that he sold his because he felt like he could bend the neck with his hands. I don't know if that was truly excessive flex or not. Guitar players often flex the necks of their non-trem guitars for effect during solos.
  5. How does the neck shape of your M3 compare to other basses you might have played ?
    Is it thin front to back like a Ricky or an Ibanez SDGR, or rounder on the back like a Jazz, or something in between?

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