Sire V7 Vintage Alder or Fender mexico Deluxe Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Eroyak, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. Eroyak


    Nov 17, 2019
    Hello, I recently looking for basses theese days and i wanted to buy a new and good quality bass for myself (a little reward :roflmao:). I found theese two Sire v7 vintage Alder (white) and Fender mexican deluxe jazz bass. I want to ask you guys about pros and cons before i tried one of theese bad boys (and maybe your suggests).

    -I like modern punchy and bassy tones better and i think sire is the winner here.
    -feel of theese basses are important too but i havent tried theese basses soo i dont have any thoughts.
    - Both looks good but fender is much better.
    -and last of all Fender one cost 800 dolars -maybe a little discount- and sire one is around 680 dollars.

    (İn my country's economy 120 dollar gap is expensive tho but money/effectiviness is less important for now )

    (Aaaand sorry if my english is not that good :D)

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  2. Elusive1


    Jun 21, 2018
    Normally I would say Fender, but in this case the Sire's the better deal of the two. More tonal possibilities with its preamp at a cheaper price.
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  3. RattleSnack


    Sep 22, 2011
    They are in the same class, but Sire has great preamp. Fender could be better in passive, but MIM are hit-or-miss, so you have to try it. OTOH, Sire can be heavy!
    Also, neck profile is slightly different, some folks don't care for Sire, I think it's ok.
    Bottom line, if you can't try them both, go for Sire.
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  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I'm a Sire fan, no secret, and my Sires are way better than my MIM J, but to be fair, the Fender is maybe 15 years older than the Sires - I hear that they've really upped their game lately, the newer MIM Fenders are reported to be very nice as well. Check out both and compare in person if you can.
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  5. Disclaimer: I dont own either, but have looked into to both. My vote is on the Sire. All of the reviews and feedback claim how good of a value they are.
    With MiM Fenders, you get the name on the headstock, and Possibly a good bass. But I've also seen a lot of people disappointed thinking they were getting better quality (this could also be due the sales volume leading to more of these cases publicly). Always best to try both of possible, at least the Fender.
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  6. wizard65


    Sep 1, 2014
    I briefly owned a Sire, sent it back, this one was poorly made and had some terrible dead spots.
    I recently replaced it with a MIM Fender deluxe.
    Much nicer bass all round.
    I tend to think you get what you pay for.
    Sires are pretty popular around here so maybe I just got unlucky.
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  7. Eroyak


    Nov 17, 2019
    Thank you for your replies :D. I'll try both soon but probably i'll go with sire because of preamp and tone versatility.
  8. TimboZ


    Jan 4, 2009
    South of Buffalo
    Love my Sire P7. It was the only bass I played for over a year. Then I got gas and picked up a couple other basses. Now the Sire is my #2 out of my 15 basses.
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  9. LeFunk Machine

    LeFunk Machine

    Sep 12, 2014
    I'd say go with the fender because they hold their values incase you want to sell it to get another bass
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  10. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    Enough to compensate for the $120 difference?

    And yeah, I have a Sire V7 5 string that I consider an awesome value. I vote Sire.
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  11. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    I would personally be more likely to go with the Fender, but both are good basses.
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  12. Bboopbennie


    Jun 16, 2019
    Yes.. i have both Basses and the Sire is much heavier than my MIM. I do like the pre-Amp in the Sire, but the passive MIM sounds great. Sometimes the Pre- with all the EQ pots, drive you nuts, so back to the MIM or my simple P Bass. kind of a love / hate with my Sire. My 73 P bass is my keeper. Sire looks better if that has any value?
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  13. I have a Sire V7 1st generation which was manufactured shortly before the 2nd generation was introduced and has a number of features that are upgraded from the initial 1st generation instruments released (string retainer, tuners, and i believe rolled fingerboard edges as they are certainly smoother than my Fender MIM P).
    It plays and sounds great! Sounds very nice when played passive or active and the pre-amp is amazingly versatile.
    My V7 weighs more than my Fender MIM P (J’s are typically heavier than P’s due to larger body size) however mine is definitely not uncomfortably heavy.
    Let us know which one you bring home
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  14. ROGI


    Apr 25, 2005
    Croatia, Europe
    my advice, get sire V3 gen2. there is no difference in v3's and v7's build quality. they both sound the same but v3 is lighter and cheaper and blows MIM fenders out of the water
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  15. I have the MIM Fender in a five string and have been disappointed with it. Very week volume compared to my Peavey Cirrus. My Fender is beautiful and well made just lacks punch. Passive is fine.
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  16. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    If you can only order, I say get the Sire. If you can play them, get the one you like the most.
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  17. Leonid Nidis

    Leonid Nidis

    Jan 1, 2018
    This fender series is trash,no tone nob for passive mod!crappy preamp.You would be paying for the fender logo mosty.
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    May 19, 2019
    Sire Marcus miller V7 vintage is the best, WhatsApp Image 2020-04-16 at 22.15.01 (4).jpeg WhatsApp Image 2020-04-16 at 22.15.01 (4).jpeg
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  19. tb4sbp


    May 9, 2017
    North East
    I have owned 3 Sire basses. V7 Gen 1, Vintage V7 Gen 2 (White!), and now a V7 Gen 2 Sherwood Green. I love Fender. Everything else I have is Fender, Amp, Cables, even my stand is a Fender. I play Sire because they are consistently good quality. They are the sound I am looking for. In the price range of the MIM's but from my experience better than the MIM's. So far only 1 out of 10 MIM's that I have played was really nice.

    Pro's for Sire: Good quality, sound
    Cons: Heavier that most, resale, considered as a 'beginners' bass

    Pro's for Fender MIM: Name, sound, if you get a good one they are really nice! Holds value
    Cons: Consistency in quality

    If you cannot play before you pay I would go with Sire
    Any online order is a gamble but the odds are with Sire on this

    These are just my experiences that I wanted to share with you

    Best of luck to you
  20. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    You will see opinions from Fender and Sire fans. Both are good basses here.
    I recommend playing both if you can.
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