Sire V2 Marcus Miller U5 Short-Scale review

Miller's signature shortie is a high-performance passive bass at a very reasonable price

Sire V2 Marcus Miller U5 Short-scale bass
(Image: © Sire)

Guitar World Verdict

A sharply priced entry point into the world of short-scale basses, this Marcus Miller-designed instrument is well-built, easy to play and offers a wealth of tones.


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    Effortless playability.

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    Solid build.

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    Versatile tones from the passive P&J-style pickup pairing.

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    A little head-heavy.

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‘Marcus Miller’s Sire J-Bass model has been widely admired since its launch for its practical playability and no-nonsense price point. 

It doesn’t seek to refine the J envelope or stray away from the 60-year-old template, and it doesn’t break the bank either – which begs the question of how far it can evolve, now that it’s been established. 

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.