|jazzbass1967 ||12-08-2013 09:26 AM |
Which Lakland should I buy?
I'm going to a 5 string and I've narrowed my options down to three Laklands. The 55-64 and DJ5 didn't make it into the final showdown. Let me know which one of these I should buy.
It's going to be used for everything from Country music in smoky honky-tonks to "variety band" private gigs to sessions.
I love passive jazz basses but I also love Stingrays and active basses. The only thing I'm not real big on at the moment is a Pbass tone (just got rid of one).
|nyangsw ||12-08-2013 09:35 AM |
|mmbongo ||12-08-2013 10:01 AM |
55-02 if keeping stock.
55-01 if you want to upgrade the electronics.
I voted 55-01 because a properly upgraded 55-01 gives you more sounds than a 55-02, which is limited to only a jazz sized pickup in the neck. The soapbar sizes in the 55-01 can do anything you want.
|LakeEffect ||12-08-2013 10:14 AM |
Agree with mmbongo, I think that is a good way to approach the decision.
|oboylebass ||12-08-2013 10:21 AM |
...plus on the 55-01 and 55-02 you can run them in passive mode. I have a Skyline JO5 which I love, great basses!!!!
|sj_bass ||12-08-2013 10:22 AM |
Although, I wouldn't be so quick to ditch those -01 electronics. Call me lucky, but the stock MK-1 setup in my 55-01 is a great, versatile tool for me. I run it passive, or active with only a slight bump in the bass. Works for a lot of music styles (pop,rock, slap, country, etc.)...
|SRFSterling5 ||12-08-2013 11:51 AM |
I've got a 55-02. I changed the pickups to Norstrands and have a Mike Pope Flexcore preamp withe the low mid/high mid option
and it gives me a lot more tonal flexibility. You can get pretty close to the Musicman vibe, but less of the clank. Fellow talkbass member Munjibunga did a few of these conversions and was kind to answer my questions on the conversion. The stock LH3
Electronics are good, the conversion takes it up a few notches tonally.
|Gougedeye ||12-08-2013 12:53 PM |
I've got a 55-94, which is the 55-02's older brother. The 55-94 can cop numerous sounds and is a versatile tone machine. The 55-02 shares heritage with the 55, so it gets my vote!
|Dr. Cheese ||12-08-2013 01:21 PM |
The 55-02 or 55-94 are the obvious choices.
|Jim Carr ||12-08-2013 01:25 PM |
55-60 if you like passive jazz basses. Best passive 35" Jazz for the bucks, IMHO.
|chadhargis ||12-08-2013 03:03 PM |
The 55-02 is the jack of all trades.
|basspraiser ||12-10-2013 12:58 PM |
If you are looking for tonal variety...go for a 55-02...
If you like a passive J sound...55-60. ( you can always add a pre-amps BUT the 55-02 has more variability).
|inate_hex ||12-10-2013 01:50 PM |
I had a 44-02, it was ok but my Musicman bongo blew it out the water so I traded it. I found it to be a jack of all trades - master of none. The playability was superb but I never bonded with the bass.
|jazzbass1967 ||12-23-2013 10:55 AM |
Bought a 55-02 from a fellow Tb'er.
|Mojo-Man ||12-23-2013 12:20 PM |
Play all 3, and buy the one you like.
It's your money.
|ShowKing ||12-23-2013 12:49 PM |
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