Lakland Skyline DJ-4 or 44-AJ, Carvin SB4001 or Fender Jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mike Sorr, Feb 15, 2014.


  1. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr whatever Supporting Member

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    I'm soon to be in the market for a new Jazz style bass and I've whittled it down to several in the same ballpark price range (give or take a few hundred):

    Lakland Skyline DJ-4 or 44-AJ
    Carvin SB 4000 or 4001
    Fender American Special or American Standard Jazz

    Anyone care to push me in one direction or another?
  2. JaredBT

    JaredBT

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    Clearly the Carvin shines in this bunch. Been playin since '93 (which doesn't mean much actually when people say that) except for a little experience. Lost everything in 2009 and had to sell all my gear, amongst it my main bass was a Stingray 5. Began rebuilding three years ago... 13 instruments later consisting of US & Jap P's, US & Jap Jazz's, US G & L's, Ibanez Prestiges, EB MM Sting Rays & Sterlings, slick lawsuit era copy's. I have 4 basses: a Carvin SB 5001, a Carvin PB 5, a Stingray 5 and a Super Cool Ibanez TR5 Expressionist. The only additions will ever be Carvins. The craftsmanship is superb, the necks are THE most comfortable - playable - quick Ive ever played and the sound is... Im sure you can guess my comment. They are truly great instruments, sadly my Stingray 5 never gets played. Anything close to Carvin quality is twice the price. The amps are really good also, great sound and reliability. I would include photos but Im too dumb to figure out how to attach them.
  3. wvbass

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    I wouldn't push you in any direction from there. I have a 44-60, SB5000, and 1998 American Standard Jazz. All are great.

    44-60: Easily the best player of the bunch. Tonally, not so much - at least for me. I pulled the stock pickups in favor of EMG JAX. (If you like a passive tone, you'll love the JAX.) After that, I put Thunderbuckers in it.

    SB5000: Great tone, excellent player. It does not have the magic fretwork of the Lakland.

    1998 Jazz: A workhorse. I played it with no mods as my main player for several years. It is the bass that made me quit being a P bass guy. Great player, great passive tone.

    Fit and finish are very good on all three - I don't see a clear winner in a side by side comparison. Neck profiles are all a little different, but all are great players. I can't rank one ahead of another.
  4. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr whatever Supporting Member

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    I love the neck on the American Special Jazz basses...the Greasebucket tone pot, not so much. I also like the necks on the Geddy Jazz basses, but I owned one of the black MIJs and and played others and they all sounded thin to my ears. I too am currently a P Bass guy and have a heavily modified American Special, which has the best neck of any P bass I've ever played, by the way. But I find myself jonzin' for a Jazz style bass. I miss that Jazz growl.

    Which of the ones I mentioned has the thinnest neck profile. I've heard really good things about the Carvins. I may have a line on a used B40 which just might take care of everything, and at half the price...if I get it.
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  6. AngelCrusher

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    Tough call, but I would go (and did go) Lakland. I chose between all these different basses as well plus a sadowsky.
  7. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr whatever Supporting Member

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    How much difference is their between the Lakland US Series and the Skylines, I mean aside from the stacks of extra cash a US a Series will set you back? Are the US basses that far superior to the Skylines? My max is about $1300, and preferably less.

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