2021 Sire Marcus Miller V7 Vintage Alder 4-String Fretless 2nd Generation

Sire Marcus Miller 2nd Gen V7 Vintage Alder Fretless
2021 Sire Marcus Miller V7 Vintage Alder Fretless 2nd Generation

A couple songs we play in Retroflection lend themselves to a fretless bass — songs that were originally recorded with an upright double bass. I happened to stumble into a fretless version of this new Sire modal on a European retailer’s website. Not only was this particular modal not available in the US, the price was MUCH lower than the fretted pre-order modals which were advertised here. Without sales tax and a very reasonable flat rate shipping fee, it turned out to be a smokin’ deal. I’ve looked for similar Sire fretless basses online and I haven’t found any like this anywhere. Unless similar modals are released at some point, this may be a very unique instrument.

2021 Sire Marcus Miller V7 – headstock
2021 Sire Marcus Miller v7 2nd Generation

Sire’s 2nd generation basses feature rolled fretboard edges, upgraded pickups, and preamp. The fretless neck enables much lower action and, with flatwound strings, it’s a very fun instrument to play. But the lack of frets does demand solid player technique. It’s easy to find yourself slightly out-of-tune if you’re not paying attention to your finger position.