The Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass V has an ash body coupled to a one-piece maple neck with 7-1/4" radius, and 4-over 1-under tuner configuration. The J-Bass V has white binding and pearloid block inl... Read More
The Fender Marcus Miller Jazz Bass V has an ash body coupled to a one-piece maple neck with 7-1/4" radius, and 4-over 1-under tuner configuration. The J-Bass V has white binding and pearloid block inlays on a maple fretboard. A unique active preamp with an active/passive switch are wired to US single coils. A massive string-thru bridge, Marcus Miller's signature black pickguard, and chrome neck pickup cover complete the feature set. The bass guitar includes a deluxe hardshell case.
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The Marcus Miller Jazz Bass V is my #1 instrument. I have 11 basses (includeing the MMVI)so that is a testament to its greatness. Indeed, I am a fan of Mr. Miller and this bass reproduces his tone perfectly. The quality of the instrument is excellent. If you get one, go to Marcus Miller's website for his explanation of the bass and his settings. The tone controls are boost-only and so Mr. Miller's basic flat setting are with the knobs turned all the way off. He also says that he sets both volume controls full on. To me, those settings are the only way to play this bass. Get one and try it.
I have this bass because I got to play one of the 1st in 04 and I thought at that time it ( at least that one ! ) was a great bass in the feel department ( if properly setup )but I still thinks it totaly misses the mark in sounding like a 70's bass The pickups are not bad but they're not great either and the preamp is abismal to say the least.I think for the type of money that the Marcus Miller V commands, Fender really needs a better job
Awesome bass! It's a five string with late 70's flair and style. All electronics, components, and hardware is top quality. This bass sounds different than it's four string counterpart. In passive mode it's a bright sounding Jazz Bass. In active mode it still has a nice natural sound but with more bottom, punch, and treble. Where the four string model sounds totally different in active mode, this bass sounds enhanced and uncolored. The natural sound of the bass is brought more out front. The construction is flawless and beautiful. I got the Vintage White one. I love the 7 1/4 fretboard radius and the urethane finish on the neck and board. This bass is a Classic in every way. Worth every penny!
This is in fact the best bass I've ever played, period! The craftsmanship is excellent, the materials top notch. This feels more like something that came out of the Fender Custom shop. The neck is to die for. The bass has an old school feel about it. It feels like it was made back in the 70's. The tone is wonderful in either mode. The active mode adds a lot of power and bottom, the passive mode is traditional and growly. The action is the lowest I have ever achieved ever and there's NO FRET BUZZ! When you hold this bass you can feel the quality. The 7 1/4 radius on the fretboard makes playing fast passages a breeze. I cannot say enough good things about this bass. Yes it's pricey but you get what you pay for. This is a bass you will keep for a lifetime. I got the Vintage White one because I didn't want to cop Marcus' vibe totally, I wanted some of my own thing too, but I did put DR Fatbeams on, I just love Marcus' tone. A Vintage Classic re-surfaced with a touch of modern technology. This bass was sent from God Himself!
This is a beautifully crafted instrument. The slim neck is very comfortable to play...FasT... great for smaller hands. I've gone through several bass exchanges and when I picked this one up I knew I had found "Mine!". The unique active/passive pickup design gives this bass a very unique sound. It's great and unique in either mode. It even sounds awesome when it's not plugged in! The active setting is super ballsy but not muddy at all and there is very little buzz on the low string (as is a frequent problem with other 5 strings). You can play super fast, staccato, and it's clear in all settings. The workmanship that went into this bass is really remarkable. The beauty will strike you immediately and will continue to grow on you. I find myself admiring each unique line of the wood; the warmth and subtle changes in the natural aged finish; really awesome... I've never had an instrument that inspired me to play it so much. I find myself not wanting to put it down and running back to pick it up. It's so much fun to play this bass... minutes drift into hours.
I have always heard that the Marcus Miller Jazz V is the best "bang for the buck" that you can get from Fender. I now know what they mean. The bass is put together extraordinarily well. It is comfortable and fast to play. Nice to slap with too. It has an old school vibe to the sound which took me awhile to get use to but that I now really enjoy. The preamp is not overwhelming. It rather adds to the passive sound and bends it gradually. A definite keeper
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