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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)
  2. 55-02

    21 vote(s)
  3. 55-01

    4 vote(s)
  1. jazzbass1967


    Feb 20, 2006
    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


    Apr 26, 2012
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    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.
  4. LakeEffect

    LakeEffect Supporting Member

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


    Oct 31, 2006
    ...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!!!!
  6. sj_bass

    sj_bass Supporting Member

    May 23, 2010
    Long Beach, CA

    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.)...
  7. SRFSterling5

    SRFSterling5 Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    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.
  8. 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!
  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    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.
  11. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    The 55-02 is the jack of all trades.
  12. 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).
  13. inate_hex


    Apr 4, 2010
    Manchester, England
    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.
  14. jazzbass1967


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

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

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

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