Marcus Miller V7 Vintage Alder-4 2nd Gen is based on a traditional jazz bass design. The body is made in North American alder tree, which delivers a strong, clear and full-bodied tone with a fleshy midrange and well-defined bass.
The neck is made in one piece of Canadian maple, which, through its hardness and strength, minimizes neck movement and provides a stable and good playing sensation, while at the same time giving the bass a persistent tone. Sire has chosen to give the 2nd Gen models a quality boost, which means that V7 Vintage Alder 2nd Gen is now made with satin lacquered neck and rounded neck / fingerboard transition. Thus, you get a more comfortable playing sensation by virtue of a neck that is better in the hand and which does not become greasy when playing and exercising for extended periods.
Marcus Miller Vintage Alder-4 2nd Gen has a Heavy Mass Standard bridge, which is basically based on a design we know from 60s basses. With individually adjustable saddles and the option to choose whether the strings should be passed through the body or bridge, you will be able to change the bass setup and thus affect its sound character. The saddle is one of the most important parts of an electric base, as it is crucial to the bass playability and sound.
Although bone are both expensive and hard to work with, bone are considered to deliver a more balanced and clear tone, and Sire has therefore chosen not to compromise on this point and has fitted Marcus Miller V7 Vintage Alder 2nd Gen with a saddle in bone.
The pickup configuration on Marcus Miller V7 is typically jazz bass, but the pickups are made with a more classic and warm sound in mind. Sire has used a standard American coil in the throat pickup and a spool in the bridge pickup. The Vintage Jazz pickups feature the classic 70's bobbin spacing, giving the traditional jazz bass tone a more warm and authentic vintage flair. At Vintage Alder-4 2nd Gen, Sire has changed the Alnico magnet's magnetization method, making the sound now, to an even greater extent, reminiscent of a 20-year-old Heavy Formvar Pickup.
The bobbin is now made with pure enamel and the bobbin winding machine has been given a new program that gives the same winding speed and twisted crossing angle with which a handmade pickup is made.
The Marcus Vintage-J Revolution Set pickups are connected to the Sire's Marcus Heritage-3 pre-amplifier, which offers a truly unique range of options to influence the bass tone. The use of 2 pcs. 9V batteries allow the bass player to get a strong and powerful signal without the sound of the bass being pressed or unnatural. With a built-in 3-band tone control with bass, midrange and treble, you get full control of your tone range so you can customize bass sound to any music style. The mid-range control has a built-in sweep, so you can decide for yourself where in the mid-range range (200 Hz to 1 kHz) the mid-range control should take hold.