F.A.Q

When do you schedule to restock your basses?

Recently the demand for SIRE basses grew so much that the supply is unable to catch up with the demand. However, we are working on our production to make the out of stock basses available as soon as possible. For out of stock basses, we have a new estimated available date written with the bass. This date is the earliest possibility of when the basses will be back in stock and send out to you. All basses will be shipped in the order they were received. If it simply says out of stock, then a new ship date will be updated within few days so please check back in couple of days.

ETA varies from model to model so please check the ETA date on the model when you order. We will do our best to update the inventory information as much as we can but checking back our website and noticeboard time to time will secure you chance to get the bass of your choice.

Do you offer custom options with your guitars?

Unfortunately we do not do any modifications or custom jobs. The reason for that is because we keep a tight production and strict manufacturing process. Once we begin to accommodate custom requests and deviate from the standard production, it forces us raise the price on our instruments because all custom requests have to be done manually separate from production. So we keep it simple and focus on building to give you the best quality bass at the best price. We hope you understand.

What is your return policy?

You have one month to try the bass to see if there is a good match with you and the SIRE bass so return is not a problem. However because we are an online store and it involves shipping, we cannot pay the shipping costs out of our pocket for the many players who are not satisfied with the bass for personal reasons. If the bass is damaged or has structural issues, we will gladly refund or replace the bass of course. Fret buzzing, or neck issues can be easily fixed with proper setup which we ask the players to take care of it since setup is done according to the players preference. And at the price we are selling the SIRE basses, we cannot extend our service for that. So you can return the bass but you have to ship it at your expense and we refund the bass purchase 100% less the shipping cost. And of course, the bass has to be packed and returned in the same condition it was sent to you so that we can resale the bass.

Are you coming up with new models soon?

We do not have new models available yet, but we are always paying attention to the needs of our players. We are always passionate about new stuff for our players by working with them and constantly asking for their inputs.

We will continue to expand our line up and offering more variety and options as time passes, so please check back on our website time to time for updates and introduction of new models.

Do you have left handed models and also fretless versions?

All left-hand and fret-less bass orders are now handled by SIRE custom shop department as they are categorized as special orders made on demand. There is a wait time of 30-45 days from the date of order for completion.

What is the difference between Antique White and White Blonde?

Here at Sire Guitars we are always on a look out for new things like unique finishes on our basses.

The difference between the two is that the Antique White would be our traditional white finish while the White Blonde features a slight white transparent finish that exposes the beautiful grains of the wood

Does Sire Guitars have warranty?

All our basses/guitars when ordered directly from our web stores has a LIMITED one year warranty not including any accidental damages. Our distributor partners has their own warranty for our basses/guitars so of you ordered it through them, you might need to get in touch with their customer relations for their warranty terms.

Do you setup up the guitar/basses before you ship it?

We do setup our guitars/basses when we ship it. As you may know, setups depends on the player’s preference so you might need to tweak it to your specifications. If you are not sure on how to setup your Sire guitar/bass, please have a qualified luthier do it for you.

Can we have a copy of your preamp manual for the V7 and M7?

*Sure we do have a manual for our preamps. Please see below:

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How long does the battery last on your preamps?

Battery life depends on the usage of the bass too. We advise that you unplug the bass after every use to preserve battery life. Please also use alkaline batteries such as Energizer or Duracell plus you can make it a habit to change batteries after 3 months of installing one.

Are you going to sell any of your accessories such as preamps, pickups or pickguards?

As of the moment we do not sell any of our accessories in order to focus on the growing demands for our guitars/basses. If ever we do decide to sell our accessories, it will be announced over our facebook page and our official website.

66 replies on “F.A.Q

    • phil

      Hello Efrem,

      Greetings from Sire Guitars!

      Thank you for your interest with Sire Guitars and I hope all is well with you. Unfortunately we do not do any modifications or custom jobs. The reason for that is because we keep a tight production and strict manufacturing process. Once we begin to accommodate custom requests and deviate from the standard production, it forces us raise the price on our instruments because all custom requests have to be done manually separate from production. So we want to keep it simple and focus on building to give you the best quality bass at the best price so we hope you understand.

      Below is our website and also noticeboard for future references of new model offerings by SIRE.

      http://www.sire-guitars.com/usa/

      http://www.sire-guitars.com/usa/blog/news/

      Thanks again for your support for Sire Guitars!

      Sincerely,

      Adrian Nuñez
      International Social Media Marketing Manager
      Sire Guitars

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    • phil

      Below are the approximate bass weights on average. Please be advised that these are based on average weights that have been manufactured.

      We do not weigh each bass individually and all basses do vary in weights because of wood density. So below is only a guideline and we do want to make it clear that some can weigh more.

      M3 : 3.45kg = 7.6lbs
      V7 Alder 4st : 4.33kg = 9.54lbs
      V7 Ash 4st : 4.34kg = 9.56lbs
      V7 Alder 5st : 4.67kg= 10.29lbs
      V7 Ash 5st : 4.75kg = 10.47
      M7: 4.67kg=10.29lbs

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    • phil

      Hello William :) thanks for dropping by here. We do offer a left handed model but no custom options as of the moment. Unfortunately we do not do any modifications on the bass or accommodate special request. We keep a strict and simple manufacturing and shipping process and any changes would be difficult because it slowd down production and delivery.

      We’ve had various other special requests such as different finish option, different pickguard, lighter weight bass selection, wood grain pattern selection, neck change, and other custom requests and accommodating them would be difficult. So regrettably have to turn down your request.

      Also given our situation of being backordered, we do not want to add anymore time for customers who are waiting to receive their basses. We hope you understand.

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    • phil

      Hello Abe :) thanks for hanging around here. There are quite a number of differences between the V7 and the V7 Vintage. Check it out below:

      1. Pickup Set
      *Normal V7 pickup set is made with a heavy formvar magnet coil.
      Heavy Formvar coil produces a good mid range tone and it feels clean and bright.

      *V7 Vintage neck pickup is made with a plain enamel magnet coil.
      Plain enamel has a good low mid range which posses a very warm and rich tone.
      While we did retain the bridge pickup and is still made with heavy formvar coil.
      So when the two mix together, it produces warm lows, a good midrange punch and crystal clear highs.

      2. Pickup Spacing
      *Normal V7 comes under the 60′ jazz pickup spacing which is a standard favorite among bass players.

      *The V7 Vintage has a 70’s pickup spacing. The 70’s pickup spacing : the bridge pickup is much nearer towards the bridge. Most players found out that the 70’s pickup spacing produces a punchier sound. Marcus Miller’s original bass has that 70’s pickup spacing which is essential to his signature sound.

      3. Bridge
      *Normal V7 Series does have a heavy saddle mass. (Made with brass)

      *The V7 Vintage has a 60’s style screw type saddle. (Made with steel)
      It is a standard type bridge among basses today.

      4. Appearance
      *The V7 neck binding is ivory and the inlay is a square white pearloid.

      *While the V7 Vintage’s neck binding is black and inlay is square black for a more vintage look.

      5. Finger board (For Alder Models Only)
      *V7 alder model has a rosewood fingerboard.

      *While the V7 Vintage model has a hardmaple fingerboard.

      Rosewood fingerboard gives out a low to very high sound response. It produces a warm and rich tone.

      Maple fingerboard : Strong mid-high tone plus it feels brighter and solid than rosewood which is favored by slap players.

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    • phil

      Hello Anthony :) the four string V7 comes under a 20mm string spacing while the five comes under a 18mm string spacing. That goes the same for the vintage models.

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  • Kent Moore

    Is there a page which describes the differences between the different bass models? (similar to above comparison between V7 and V7 vintage) I’m really just looking for whatever is closest to Marcus’s 76′ jbass sound which I’m guessing would be V7 Vintage but I’m not sure.

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    • phil

      Hello Kent :) we haven’t got that yet but we did posted the difference between the Sire V7 and the Vintage V7. Incase you missed it, please see below:

      1. Pickup Set
      *Normal V7 pickup set is made with a heavy formvar magnet coil.
      Heavy Formvar coil produces a good mid range tone and it feels clean and bright.

      *V7 Vintage neck pickup is made with a plain enamel magnet coil.
      Plain enamel has a good low mid range which posses a very warm and rich tone.
      While we did retain the bridge pickup and is still made with heavy formvar coil.
      So when the two mix together, it produces warm lows, a good midrange punch and crystal clear highs.

      2. Pickup Spacing
      *Normal V7 comes under the 60′ jazz pickup spacing which is a standard favorite among bass players.

      *The V7 Vintage has a 70’s pickup spacing. The 70’s pickup spacing : the bridge pickup is much nearer towards the bridge. Most players found out that the 70’s pickup spacing produces a punchier sound. Marcus Miller’s original bass has that 70’s pickup spacing which is essential to his signature sound.

      3. Bridge
      *Normal V7 Series does have a heavy saddle mass. (Made with brass)

      *The V7 Vintage has a 60’s style screw type saddle. (Made with steel)
      It is a standard type bridge among basses today.

      4. Appearance
      *The V7 neck binding is ivory and the inlay is a square white pearloid.

      *While the V7 Vintage’s neck binding is black and inlay is square black for a more vintage look.

      5. Finger board (For Alder Models Only)
      *V7 alder model has a rosewood fingerboard.

      *While the V7 Vintage model has a hardmaple fingerboard.

      Rosewood fingerboard gives out a low to very high sound response. It produces a warm and rich tone.

      Maple fingerboard : Strong mid-high tone plus it feels brighter and solid than rosewood which is favored by slap players.

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      • Kent Moore

        I did catch that, thanks. So the Vintage V7 is the closest offering to match Marcus Miller’s ’76 Jazz bass sound and feel? Closer than the M3, M7? That’s my assumption but I figured I should ask before purchasing. Thanks much!

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  • Bob Noell

    I was wondering about battery life on the V7. I got mine in February. I just replaced my batteries. My question is, are the batteries powering the preamp even if the bass is not plugged in or in the case

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    • phil

      Hello Bob :) thanks for visiting our website. No problem with the batteries as long as you unplug it after every use. We would advise you to use alkaline batteries such as energizer for your V7. Cheers!

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  • Kenneth Kearney

    Love my V7 4 string. Ash body/ maple fingerboard, beautiful sunburst. My go to bass for all gigs and seasons now.
    Currently Inam not playing 5 string(sold my last one , was not cutting it for me)but a steady worship gig I have could use the extended range of a 6 string.
    Any plans in the works?
    My experience with Sire has been so positive , that a Jazz based 6 would be a a huge hit.
    All the best,
    Kenny🎸

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  • Mark Kearns

    Hi my name is Mark Kearns, I orderd a M7 Ash 4str bass from you on September 13 through Pay Pal but never received an email from you confirming the order. I am just checking with you to see if the order was received because I am a total spaz by nature. I am aware the shipping date is not until October 30 but would just like a confirmation on my purchase. Thank you for your time

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    • phil

      Hello Mark :) thanks for hanging around here. May we ask if you have checked your spam folder? Sometimes our mail gets in there. When you also finished ordering the bass, have you taken note of the order number for your preordered bass? Thanks and we are very sorry for the inconvenience it caused you.

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  • Brandon

    My M7 4-string was damaged during air travel. I need to replace the two double stack knobs, the knobs that control the middle frequencies and master volume / master tone. How can I order these two knobs? Any recommendations on where I can take my bass to get repaired?

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    • phil

      Hello Aaron :) The difference between ash and alder will be under the tonal character of the wood. For Ash, it gives a more brighter tone that is why it is a favorite by slap players while the alder one has a warmer tone in it. Both are extremely versatile on wide genres of music so it just depends on your personal preference.

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  • Joe

    Hi, I just got my SIRE V7 VINTAGE and am very pleased with it so far, thank you!

    Was wondering, once the batteries die, will the bass still work in the passive mode or not?

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    • phil

      Hey Joe! Thanks for those comments. We would advise you to unplug the bass everytime after using it as batteries will still run if the bass is plugged in.it would be agood prsctice to change batteries every three months too just to be sure your bass hassa freshpower source for the preamp. We would recommend alkaline batteries such as Energizer.

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        • phil

          It does Mark. You just have to flick the active/passive switch and go to passive mode. It also acts as a “lifesaver” incase your battery dies. We would also suggest to unplug your bass every time you are done using it to avoid draining the batteries. Changing batteries every three months would be a great practice. :)

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  • Nicolas-James Perreault

    Hey, is it possible to put d’addario chromes strings on the v7 or is the nut only made for d’addario nickels?

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  • David Say

    Hello, what is the position of the bridge pickup? Is it like on the 70s MM Fender jazz bass? (moved more to the bridge)
    If yes, is there a left handed version of this 70s type pickup position

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    • phil

      Our standard V7 basses has the 60’s position while the vintage v7 has the 70’s position for the pickups. Thanks for hanging around here David.

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  • George Trejo

    Hi,

    I’m interested in getting the M7 5 String bass. What type of magnets are used in the pure humbucker pickups?

    All the best,

    George

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    • phil

      Hello Dave :)

      Right now the fretless models are only available on the Sire web stores. Therefore, you could place the preorder via the website. The rates of customs fees and import duties is not yet included at the final price so you might need to contact your local customs for their procedure.

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  • Bertil Brodde'us

    Have you two different colours of M7 Swamp Ash
    Black Satin and
    Blavk/Green Satin . When I ordered one from Thomann in Germany they describe it Black/ Satin
    But on your homepage its
    only Black Satin. ?????

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  • Ari

    Hi,
    Can a Fender specification neck be mounted on a Sire V7 bass? Are the mounting holes on the back of the neck in the exact same location as the ones on a standard Fender neck? Would the holes on the body align with the holes on a Fender neck? Does the V7 have the same neck pocket dimensions as a Fender bass?
    Thanks for answering my question,
    Ari

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      • Ari

        Hi Phil,
        I have a fretless Warmoth neck which are supposedly built to Fender specs. I wanted to see if I could use it on my (frettted) Sire V7 as the Sire is a far superior platform than the Squier Special on which it is mounted on right now. I tried and unfortunately it doesn’t fit the Sire. It doesn’t fit any other non-Fender bass I tried it on, either. So FYI, Fender and Sire parts are not interchangeable. Additional traditional basses (maybe P basses as well?) with 1.625 or 40 mm nut widths would be great, too. Thanks for responding Phil. Best, Ari

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  • Zak

    Hi there,

    In order to fix some fret buzz due to uneven fret work on the MM V7 5 strings Ash, I brought my bass to the luthier for a planification with the plek station, afterward the issue was fixed except that some frets were detached at the extremity.

    I applied the same process with other basses Fender, Sandberg and the frets didn’t move and were ok.

    It’s not a big issue for me to play with it for the moment, but are you aware about this issue or did you already fix it ?

    SV

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  • Noland Greenwood

    Is it true that the vintage v7 models have the swamp ash body and alder body with neck & fretboard as hardmaple only. Not in rosewood with the original v7 alder not ash. I think I want the vintage v7 alder with hardmaple neck/fretboard. I have the original v7 alder rosewood 5 stringer and it’s sounds great. What’s big difference in sound between the original v7 alder rosewood & v7 vintage alder hardmaple, I guessing that the vintage v7 ash hardmaple is more brighter which I don’t want.
    Thanks Sire

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    • phil

      Hey Noland! Our vintage V7 has an all maple neck which is a popular thing back in the 70’s for vintage basses. Big difference on the normal v7 and the vintage one is their pickup placement. The normal V7 has the 60’s placement while the vintage v7 has the 70’s giving it more bite in terms of sound. It will really depend kn your personal preference too. :)

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