Sire V7, Fender Precision Lyte and US Vintage 62 comparison - samples

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mazdah, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. Hi there!

    I've recently put my hands on two new basses (not mine) and decided to record some short comparison.

    Fender Precision Lyte

    This one was made in 1986-87 in Japan. It's very light, quite comfortable. The preamp is not as rich in options as the one in the Sire, but no less versatile. The sound is in the "80's" style - clean, polite, with much high-end that can be tamed easily. Wonderfull for slap. Had very much fun playing this one. Has it's own character, sits nice in the mix, can do much but it can't do a classic P or J bass sound at all.

    Sire V7

    I totally can't understand the hype.
    It's a very well made JB, with a little bit too chunky neck. The craftmanship is top notch - as almost every asian made bass nowadays. It's a solid instrument, that fills the gap between more expensive Squiers and cheaper Fenders. Great for "cheap ass working musician" - like wedding or "Top 100" gigs.

    The preamp is very nice, but in passive mode this Sire is quiet, dull and liveless.

    Fender US Vintage '62 Precision

    Well - it's a P-bass. Not the best I've played, but it's mine and always will be :D

    Samples recorded using:
    Both pickups - neck pickup - bridge pickup - slap.
    For '62 P-bass it's: playing over the pickup, near the neck,near the bridge.
    Via AMP-BH420 line out (post very light EQ)






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  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I liked the P best and the P Lyte the least. Your P Lyte demo is why I put EMG's on mine :D I didn't dislike the Sire at all, though.
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  3. I didn’t dislike Sire either :) But Lyte seems more interesting for me
  4. Rib 13

    Rib 13 Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    Is it me or do you also feel that P/Js are the one pickup combo where EMGs really seem to bring them out more than any other type?.......I have a set coming for my Destroyer after doing some research...I notice the differences they make in Js and Ps but the P/Js, to me, are light years difference
  5. Rib 13

    Rib 13 Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    oh.....and i liked the Sire the best only because that "J-thang" is more of my fancy......the P sounds great too
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  6. HD007


    Jul 12, 2018
    Thanks for posting these! Great playing.

    I liked some of the P Lyte sounds and liked the P.

    It’s fun to hear someone play the same thing on different basses. I appreciate you taking the time. :)
  7. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Good question. I really don't know because I don't do a lot of experimenting. I've got EMG's in most of my basses, some active PJ's, some Geezers, and I love them all. I've only tried the PJX's aside from the PJ's and I preferred the PJ's.