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Lakland, and Sadowsky

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by woody357, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. woody357

    woody357

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    Are Lakland, and Sadowsky considered hi end basses? When I say hi end I mean like a Ken Smith, or Fodera.
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    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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  3. leroy diamond

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    Indeed. I have had both and prefer Sadowsky
  4. BobaFret

    BobaFret Supporting Member

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    I have 3 Skyline models that I love but wouldn't put them in the "high end" category.
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    If high end means High quality then Yes. Both brands in any of their models (overseas and US made) are high quality products, with Lakland offering cheaper options.
  6. woody357

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    I'm looking at making my last bass a hi end bass. I've been looking at Ken Smiths, and Fodrea, but I was also looking at the laklands, and Sadowsky. Right now I'm using a Ibanez SR 1206E, and MusicMan Bongo.
  7. MattyH

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    American Lakland. The end.
  8. darrenmt

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    +1
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    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

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    Both make great products. From a distance, they both seem to be making basses from a similar recipe. I've played the American P bass variants from both and found them to have surprisingly different personalities.

    I don't own either yet, but I really like the Lakland 44-51 M. Are they high end? They are to me. I admire the craftsmanship of Foderas, Alembics and the like, but I have zero interest in owning one. They are a different style of instrument aimed at someone other than me.

    For the record, I own American Fenders and an EBMM Stingray. If I were going to go to something more expensive, it would likely be a Lakland or a Fender Custom shop product.
  10. Matt Dean

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    You might also consider Nordstrand – another very high quality builder.
  11. woody357

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    @Matt, it's funny you should say that. My Ibanez has nordstrand pickups, big singles. I was thinking about changing the pre to a angular until I decided on a new bass
  12. Lonnybass

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    I think there's a certain beauty in the Sadowsky preamp that I have yet to hear in the Lakland models I've played.

    Lonnybass
  13. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

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    I just acquired Chef's VJ5. My buddy with a collection of Sadowsky, Lakland, and Fender Custom shop stuff is aching to see it!

    I've only had it for a day, but I find the neck to be extremely comfy. I have practice tonight, so we'll see what she does with the PA.
  14. Dan Knowlton

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    I would say they are high-end, but NOT BOOHOOTIQUE!

    Dan K.
  15. leroy diamond

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    Wheres the line here?. Both U.S. made Sadowsky and lakland basses are IME top of the line, high end, instruments. Beautiful finishes on these instruments. I have tried a good number of top end basses and for me Lakland and Sadosky are right up there.
  16. bassgod0dmw

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    Sadowsky NYC are also made to order.
  17. DwaynieAD

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    I'd consider that MM bongo to be high end as well.
  18. tkonbass

    tkonbass I'm just one of the out-of-focus guys. Supporting Member

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    IMO to some degree "high-end" and "boutique" begin to distance themselves from each other when the price becomes disconnected from the reality of what you're actually buying.
  19. Bebo

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    I have been a Lakland and Sadowsky user for 16 years. To me they are both very good instruments, with a similar origin, but very different sonic personalities. USA Laklands -mainly those with Bartolini electronics- are superb in their strong mid voicing, with for me at least, the best J like sound in the market. Sadowskys are very reliable, have insuperable tone and are perfectly made. Their fat but flexible sounds are an industry standard now, I believe. I think both the Lakland 5594 and the Sadowsky Will Lee V are modern classics already.
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