Lakland Skyline 44-02 tone/pickup position
I have a Lakland Skyline 44-02 (Barts), and I've been having fun experimenting with all of the different tones available. I've pretty much concluded that when playing fingerstyle, I like to have the toggle switch set to the front coil of the MM pickup, and the blend pot is set to favor the bridge pickup just slightly. EQ are all at center detent. I anchor my thumb on the front pickup. I have a Fender U.S. jazz bass ('06), and I was curious as to why the Lakland sounds so different. Both basses have rosewood fretboards. The Fender has an alder body, the Lakland an ash body. I've had various pickups in the Fender - including dual-coil Barts - but never had this tone. I measured the pickup positions from the nut of each bass, and discovered something interesting: The Lakland's neck pickup is a little closer to the bridge than the Fender's neck pickup, and the neck half of the Lakland's MM pickup is about 5/8" closer to the neck than the Fender's bridge pickup. 5/8" is a fair amount of distance in pickup placement. I think the different pickup positioning is a large part of the tone difference. IMO, the Lakland beats the jazz, so the poor jazz has been stowed away in it's case lately.
Anyone else out there with a Jazz and a 44-02, and have you had a similar experience when comparing the two?