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White Cloud

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  • Birthday 05/09/1968
  1. Ever find your cheapest bass has the best tone?

    Oh yes ... know this phenomenon all too well. Despite having owned some highly expensive boutique basses in my time I can't help but feel they are a bit 'Emperors new clothes'
  2. NBD - Sire content!

    The tuner gearing seems to me to be absolutely fine - I read somewhere that the latest Sire's tuners have been upgraded from the originals? The stock bridge also seems to be reasonably good. I've always upgraded the bridge on my Fenders - but I just don't see the point in this instance. It sounds great, plays really well and looks the part.
  3. So ... who are Sire Global?

    So, in answer to my original question it would appear that Sire are 'Dame' ... well, kind of! The Dame line of basses look excellent incidentally.
  4. So ... who are Sire Global?

    Now this is what I'm talking about - information! Great post. Yes that Dame is a Sire and no doubt.
  5. So ... who are Sire Global?

    Good post and thanks for sharing. What I would say however is that this is 'Sire' generated information ... information which purports something of a story, whilst concurrently lacking in any real detail at all. I hope BC'ers don't think that I'm having a cynical go at Sire in any way ... I just never think it's a bad thing to delve below the surface level marketing blurb.
  6. So ... who are Sire Global?

    Apparently so - it would seem that the entire guitar building industry is one that is an extremely complex web of 'who owns who' and 'who builds who'. Don't get me wrong though, I'm no expert. It's ironic in this respect that so many players become hung up on 'brand' loyalty ... given that so many of them are intertwined. The name on the headstock is something of an illusion really once you start rummaging around a little.
  7. So ... who are Sire Global?

    Well, mine isn't light ... but then again it's not a boat anchor either it weighs in the region of 9.6lbs. Great bass - very punchy and resonant unplugged, which is always a good sign. As I stated earlier, I would liken the build quality to that of a Lakland Skyline.
  8. So ... who are Sire Global?

    You are right - the claim of having no OEM's is almost impossible to believe. You are also probably right insomuch as nobody will be able to provide a concrete answer - and there could be a reason for this. I agree with the other post re Samick - I suspect it is either them or Cort (or one of their other many affiliates). I really admire Marcus Miller's core value regarding the release of the Sire models ... however given that Cort 'could' be behind them leaves me a little cold considering how they treated their Korean employee's before closing those factory's. If so (and it is a BIG 'if') it would kind of blow MM's standpoint out of the water. Should we, as players even consciously care about this stuff? Personally, I love owning great gear at knock down prices ... but I think I still kinda do ...
  9. So ... who are Sire Global?

    Okay, well I bought a Sire V7 (Marcus Miller) recently - and to be honest I am blown away by the quality of this instrument at this price point. This has however got me thinking who the manufacturers, Sire Global really are? I don't believe for one minute that this is an unaffiliated, stand alone company - based in their own standalone Indonesian factory - producing superb, affordable basses to meet a purely altruistic ethos as per their marketing. For example many players realise that Cort own the Ibanez brand (among many others) and used to produce the lakland Skyline series in Korean and Indonesian factories (which feel VERY similar to the Sire instruments). Does it really matter? Well, no ... maybe yes ... maybe maybe ... but who actually are Sire?
  10. Fender Victor Bailey acoustic bass

    That is a beautiful thing.
  11. Recommend to me a new bridge!

    Omega (Badass) for me - have used Badass bridges for over 30 years on every fender I've every had. Huge upgrade in my opinion. I've also used the Gotoh 201 a couple of times and that is also a great bridge ... it is however a slightly darker sounding dynamic and lacks some of the Omega overtones.
  12. NBD - Sire content!

    Oh yes, just received my Sire V7 today from Thomann - exactly the same as yours! Mine was perfect straight out of the box ... fit and finish is immaculate in every respect and the set-up was spot on. It even arrived from Germany still in tune! The neck is a gorgeous hard rock maple with hints of flame AND birdseye figuiring. Result! It is incredibly resonant unplugged and on a par with my Shuker. Overall, my Initial impressions are that I am ASTOUNDED at the quality of this instrument at this price point. I would not only say that it is better than my Mexicano Fender P bass ... but compares very favourably with my 1976 Fender jazz. Even if I had paid £1000 for it I'd still be happy. Agree about the preamp - I love it.
  13. On Hold FENDER STANDARD JAZZ (MIM) £375 On Hold

    Ticks every box - apart from Ithe fact I'm seeking one of these with a rosewood board ... but still tempted nonetheless.
  14. Tokai Jazz Sound TJB-45 price drop £380

    Fantastic quality 60's Fender replicas ... glwts
  15. Fretless with a "slap bar"??

    In that case Doug Wilkes is your man - great luthier!