A bass that costs £318 ($417 usd) shouldn't sound or be made as well as the one I bought, so conventional wisdom would have it. I already owned a V7 (£457 or $591 US) J Bass from Sire, it was my original experience of playing that bass that led to a second purchase. These basses are amazing for their price-point. I have thoroughly put both V3 & V7 J basses through their paces. Big rigs, small practice rigs, Traynor & EBS heads, into Markbass cabs and TC Electronic cabs, they sound awesome, nickel wound strings, steels, they still sound and play like basses that cost around a £1000 ($1292 US). All THAT said; if you buy a Sire Marcus Miller bass, then take it of the box, before you tune it up and start playing, go over the instrument with a good pair of philips screwdrivers (small & large) and tighten up bridge screws, neck bolt plate, tone/volume pot cover, scratch plate etc. I needed to do this on both basses! NOT impressed Sire! If I hadn't done that, especially with the neck backplate and bridge screws, there could have been a total bass-mess! Sort it out Sire, other than that, lovely, affordable instruments. Once they get Bartolini pickups they'll be even tastier.