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Which Lakland should I buy?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jazzbass1967, Dec 8, 2013.


My next Lakland purchase?

  1. 55-60

    8 vote(s)
    24.2%
  2. 55-02

    21 vote(s)
    63.6%
  3. 55-01

    4 vote(s)
    12.1%
  1. jazzbass1967

    jazzbass1967

    Feb 20, 2006
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist- La Bella Strings
    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).

    Chime in!
     
  2. nyangsw

    nyangsw

    Apr 26, 2012
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  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!!

    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.
     
  5. LakeEffect

    LakeEffect Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Michigan
    Agree with mmbongo, I think that is a good way to approach the decision.
     
  6. oboylebass

    oboylebass

    Oct 31, 2006
    AMERICA
    ...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!!!!
     
  7. sj_bass

    sj_bass Supporting Member

    May 23, 2010
    Long Beach, CA
    +2

    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.)...
     
  8. SRFSterling5

    SRFSterling5 Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Hawaii
    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.
     
  9. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    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!
     
  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The 55-02 or 55-94 are the obvious choices.
     
  11. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    Disclosures:
    AFM 72-147 union card-carrying liberal academic musician
    55-60 if you like passive jazz basses. Best passive 35" Jazz for the bucks, IMHO.
     
  12. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    The 55-02 is the jack of all trades.
     
  13. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    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).
     
  14. inate_hex

    inate_hex

    Apr 4, 2010
    Manchester, England
    Disclosures:
    I occasionally wet the bed.
    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.
     
  15. jazzbass1967

    jazzbass1967

    Feb 20, 2006
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist- La Bella Strings
    Bought a 55-02 from a fellow Tb'er.
     
  16. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:

    Play all 3, and buy the one you like.
    It's your money.
     



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