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[quote name='JamesBass' timestamp='1458585071' post='3008869']
What mods if any have people done to these basses? Also how are the B strings on the 5ers?
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I've replaced the stock pickups with a set of Nordstrand NJ5FS.

Couldn't be doing with the noise of the single coils after years of using EMG equipped basses. Did a couple of functions gigs where the environment was quite noisy and knew I couldn't live with that. I know that's what you get when you get a Jazz bass but no, not for me.

The Nordy's are amazing. Not only gone with the noise, they're just so much tighter, refined, together. Made a great bass greater. Considering the cost of the guitar, I've not got a problem spending the extra.

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[quote name='tonyf' timestamp='1458593828' post='3008989']
I've replaced the stock pickups with a set of Nordstrand NJ5FS.

Couldn't be doing with the noise of the single coils after years of using EMG equipped basses. Did a couple of functions gigs where the environment was quite noisy and knew I couldn't live with that. I know that's what you get when you get a Jazz bass but no, not for me.

The Nordy's are amazing. Not only gone with the noise, they're just so much tighter, refined, together. Made a great bass greater. Considering the cost of the guitar, I've not got a problem spending the extra.
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What about the pre-amp? Have you kept that stock, is there much room under the hood to fit something else?

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[quote name='flippyfloop' timestamp='1461067401' post='3031083']
Anyone using the M3 bass ?
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I got one in the black finish. Looks good, sounds good. Love mine and so do the rest of the band

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[quote name='JamesBass' timestamp='1458606350' post='3009132']

What about the pre-amp? Have you kept that stock, is there much room under the hood to fit something else?
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I have the same question?

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As I said above -- if you take out the existing preamp, you're left with what is effectively a knobless passive Jazz bass that happens to have a battery box (well, 2) already fitted. In theory, it will take any preamp that will fit in a standard Jazz cavity.

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It's pretty much an all in house design and spec bass. Sire don't really buy in off the shelf parts, from what they've said.

For example, from looking at the pickguard, I doubt there are many replacement pgs that'll fit without a bit of fettling. The neck plate is standard :)

From the thread on TalkBass, modding these basses is rare.

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just got mine,neck is amazing but sunburst was a bit of a mismatch,will keep it though.

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Just put this bugger through an amp and i think im just going to ditch all my fx the tone is what i have wanted for about 20 years,amazing,the hype is real,its just made me want to get good again after 6 years,its like stepping into a roller after a fiesta.

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Welcome to the club, my man :D

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[quote name='Rich' timestamp='1462180078' post='3040773']
As I said above -- if you take out the existing preamp, you're left with what is effectively a knobless passive Jazz bass that happens to have a battery box (well, 2) already fitted. In theory, it will take any preamp that will fit in a standard Jazz cavity.
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Thanks for that.

I guess I need to play round with the EQ a bit more. I noticed quite a big quality jump in overall tone and sound when on a gig playing between this and my USA Fender Jazz select active 4 string. It might be cheaper to go out and get a sadowsy preamp pedal and play the Sire in passive mode. I'm not saying the preamp isn't good, just couldn't really dial in a tone I was completely happy with.

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[quote name='Freddie75' timestamp='1462227522' post='3041353']
Thanks for that.

I guess I need to play round with the EQ a bit more. I noticed quite a big quality jump in overall tone and sound when on a gig playing between this and my USA Fender Jazz select active 4 string. It might be cheaper to go out and get a sadowsy preamp pedal and play the Sire in passive mode. I'm not saying the preamp isn't good, just couldn't really dial in a tone I was completely happy with.
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There's a little gain dial inside the bass on the preamp board, dialing it in and out should get you to your required sweet spot.

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[quote name='Romeo2' timestamp='1461107583' post='3031603']
preorders for M7 are open, btw :ph34r:
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That is a lovely looking bass, I'm so impressed with my V7 for the price, it's very tempting to add a M7 to the flock!

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[quote name='JAUQO III-X' timestamp='1462228392' post='3041364']

Wow,really? I'll have a look then. Cheers for that.




There's a little gain dial inside the bass on the preamp board, dialing it in and out should get you to your required sweet spot.
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I cant sing the praises of my v7 highly enough it just keeps getting better the more i play it and for some reason i dont need to change the strings as often
i think its partly to do with the ash body but on my alder fender jazz they sound dead much quicker !

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So, as I'm sure there are people who own both, how do these compare to an actual Fender, an American, not Mexican?

I imagine not as good, but by what factor?

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I've had mine a while now and its done around 60 shows..... biggest downfall for me are the tuners and the height of the pre-amp knobs. other than that pretty sweet bass for the money

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[quote name='keefbaker' timestamp='1462283937' post='3041736']
So, as I'm sure there are people who own both, how do these compare to an actual Fender, an American, not Mexican?

I imagine not as good, but by what factor?
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Don't own a Sire, but I've got a Japanese Fender Marcus, and A/Bd it to a natural ash/maple Sire at one of the BC bashes. The Sire was a leftie, so kind of hard to judge the playability, but the quality was there. Felt a tiniest bit rougher around the edges (still good for a mass-produced bass, mind) when it comes to fretwork, nut ect - but then my Fender is 10 years old, had the nut swapped to brass, frets dressed recently and over the years I perfected setting it up for it to play itself. When it comes to the woodwork, fit&finish, components, all was good. I'm planning to get a fretless and a M7 later this year.

I also played a 5-string version unplugged for a couple of minutes at a jam session, a guy brought it, and everyone was impressed, including players with expensive custom axes and even a maker of such. On stage the owner sounded as good as everybody else.

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I have a m.i.j. fender jazz with john east pre and its not better i.m.o. it is different however ,i would say the v7 is more punchy and has more mids present
i find it cuts through the mix better but is still much closer to a jazz than a stingray type bass its my number one bass for funky stuff .. i still prefer the fender for reggae and oldschool stuff more.

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I recently bought Freddie75's V7 5 string & am extremely happy with it. Great build, easy playability & I am loving the sound. Unbelievable bass for the money. Squier & MiM Jazz's are now irrelevant aren't they.....?!?

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Not been on here for years so apologies if this has already been discussed but what is the general view of the weight of these? I recently bought a Fretless 5 (swamp ash). Great tone and playability but blimey its heavy! Not an issue as I'll only be using on the odd track / session but I was thinking of pulling the trigger on a fretted 5 and that will get more use. Has anyone else had issues with the weight of these or is mine a one off? Also, will an Alder one likely to be lighter than swamp ash?

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[quote name='JD1' timestamp='1466598670' post='3077089']
Not been on here for years so apologies if this has already been discussed but what is the general view of the weight of these? I recently bought a Fretless 5 (swamp ash). Great tone and playability but blimey its heavy! Not an issue as I'll only be using on the odd track / session but I was thinking of pulling the trigger on a fretted 5 and that will get more use. Has anyone else had issues with the weight of these or is mine a one off? Also, will an Alder one likely to be lighter than swamp ash?
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Well mine is 10.1lbs. My Fender is 7.8lbs. Although i dont mind the weight at a gig, i find the biggest pain is actually carrying it to the gig.

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