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For Sale Lakland 55-94(US) with Lightwave Pickup(Prototype) - Fretless, one of a kind

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by ssommer, Feb 25, 2014.


  1. ssommer

    ssommer Supporting Member

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    Nov 26, 2007
    Location:
    Chicagoland NW burbs
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    Price:
    $1,300
    Frets?:
    Fretless
    Location:
    Illinois
    Hello,
    I am selling the only existing Lakland bass equipped with the Lightwave pickup system. This bass was featured at the Lakland Booth at NAMM, and appeared in the 2001 Lakland catalog. It has a Alder 55-94 body, and lined Ebony fretboard. I am the original owner, and it is in very good shape. It includes a Lakland hard case. $1300 shipped and insured CONUS. I'm happy to answer any questions about the instrument.

    I have a very high opinion of the instrument, but would rather have the audio do the talking.

    Youtube demo:
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    Here are the issues with the instrument:

    1. The battery no longer held a charge and has been removed. The instrument is fully functional when connected to the power supply/wall wart(12 feet long cable). This is how I've used the bass from the beginning regardless, as I prefer not to trust batteries in my gear. So this may be a big deal for you, or not matter at all. It is possible to have the system adapted to the current Lightwave battery.
    2. There was a Fat Finger attached to the headstock for a while that has buckled the "d" in the Lakland logo slightly, and made the finish a bit more shinny under where it was mounted.
    3. I find 5 dings/scratches on the edge of the body, and two on the back. The most significant is a chip on the top edge. I can find no faults on the front of the bass. I have done my best to show the condition in the pictures. The dings on the back were too small to photograph.
    4. Not an "issue", but be aware that the Lightwave pickup system is complex. If repairs were required in the future, they'd likely need to be through Lightwave. I have had zero issues with reliability, and have found the instrument to be very stable, only requiring seasonal truss rod adjustment.

    I purchased this bass directly Lakland/Dan Laklin on 2/12/2001.

    It had originally been made by Lakland and Lightwave as a prototype for the Lightwave pickup system. It was shown off around the factory for a year or so before it was decided that it would be too cost prohibitive to put into production. List price was $4,400.

    It originally came with the prototype, one-piece Lightwave bridge and electronics. When the production version of the Lightwave pickup system was released, Carl at Lakland and Lightwave upgraded the bass to the more stable and durable hardware(the current monolith design) and electronics.

    The controls are:

    1. Volume
    2. "Ice-tone"/piezo volume with a pull-pot for the magnetic pickup emulation circuit
    3. Active bass cut/boost
    4. Active mid cut/boost with a trim-pot on control cavity for frequency
    5. Passive treble cut(like standard Fender tone knob)

    When I was playing it regularly, I babied this bass like no other. It's been mostly unplayed over the 8 years due to changes in the type of work I'm doing.


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    Other Pictures:

    Back, open control cavity
    Mid freq "Daughter board"
    Inside control cavity
    Fretboard
    Bridge
    Back headstock
    Chip on upper edge
    Logo "buckling"
    Top ding 1
    Top ding 2
    Top ding 3
    Bottom Ding

    Lightwave at Lakland Booth at NAMM:
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    2001 Lakland Catalog:
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    Last edited: May 8, 2014
  2. lpcarter

    lpcarter Supporting Member

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    That is SO cool. GLWTS.
  3. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

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    Good luck.. .I remember seeing this bass a few years ago....

    Very cool and unique Lakie!
  4. 5stringthumpin

    5stringthumpin Supporting Member

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    Bump from a Lakland fan. Very cool.
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  6. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

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    oh man....and I JUST made an offer on another cool Lakie!!!
  7. DuShauh

    DuShauh Supporting Member

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    PM coming your way...
  8. ssommer

    ssommer Supporting Member

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    Location:
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    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    Back up.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2014
  9. David A. Egeler

    David A. Egeler

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    Is this a 35" scale neck? I think all Lakland basses are , or is it custom?
  10. ssommer

    ssommer Supporting Member

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    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    Neck and body are standard 55-94 dimensions. Yeah, 35".
  11. ssommer

    ssommer Supporting Member

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    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
  12. MattzBass

    MattzBass

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    Is this still available?
  13. ssommer

    ssommer Supporting Member

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    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    It is, thanks for checking.

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