So, those of you who know me are already well aware of this, but I am an idiot. I go through massive amounts of gear, especially basses. I have owned more than 40 basses and probably nearly as many heads / preamps etc. Many of these basses I was not even qualified to play in terms of skill and acumen, and could only justify owning them on account of my pre-2008 personal income. A very select few of these instruments rank among the ones I never, EVER should have let go of.
I have used and endorsed Lakland basses since 2005. I Love the Skylines and consider them to be amongst the finest basses available south of $2k. I owned a beautiful 44-02 that I let go when hardship struck in 2009. Yesterday, I took delivery of my long awaited replacement, my new 44-02D.
After getting over just how awesome and versatile this bass is, I had a moment of reflection.... a moment where I realized I must be reaching some level of maturity on account of the rapid slowdown I've experienced in the last year in gear-changes. Looking around at my room, I calculated in my head that now, on account of owning this Lakland, I have at least two 4-Bangers that are now totally redundant..... There is no sound or feel I get from these basses that I cannot get in the significantly easier to play Lakland.
The necks on these basses are just made for me. Say what you want, most people praise them, but for me personally, they're just IT. There's something about the LH3 system that just exceeds everything else for me. There's that slightly compressed leading-edge attack, regardless of other settings, that makes these basses just sound so *live* and punchy... it's an effect which I've heard attained in other basses through a certain combination of woods and very hard or hi-mass break points (nuts and bridges) but the Laklands do it best. There is just no sound I need that can't be gotten out of this bass and usually better than whatever other bass I own(ed) for that purpose.
No real purpose to this thread.... just straight up Lakland love..... headed to band practice!