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  • No. of Frets:
    Scale Length:
    No. of Strings:
    Body Material:
    Neck Material:
    Flat-Sawn Maple with Graphite Reinforcement Bars
    Body Finish:
    Three Tone Sunburst
    Nut Width:
    Fingerboard Material:
    Lakland Dual Access
    Lakland MM-J
    Other Hardware:
    Hipshot Lic. Ultralite Tuners
    8 lbs / 12 oz (as tested)
    EQ / Controls:
    Vol (pull for active bypass), Blend, Bass-Mid-Treble (boost/cut), MM pickup Coil Selector
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Recent Reviews

  1. Double E
    "Phenomenal instrument, destined to be a classic!"
    Build Quality:
    Pros - Great feeling neck, both finish and profile
    Beautiful figured maple top
    Excellent tonal variety from the pickup and preamp confuguration
    Cons - No passive tone control
    No outboard mid-sweep
    Timid treble cut on the preamp
    This bass just feels so good in my hands! Sounds very smooth but can get aggressive if you dig in a bit. The action is easily set for clean low action. Balances well on a strap and has good access to the upper register.

    The neck is "Plek'd" which is a fancy term for the computerized, machine fret leveling process that Lakland uses. It apparently places the neck in position accounting for string tension during the leveling process which results in a very accurate finished product. This shows in the consistent feel of the fretted notes in all registers on the neck.

    I absolutely dig the sounds I can squeeze out of this beast. I am able to dial in quite a variety of tones though I wish it had a passive tone control. A stacked mid with a frequency sweep would be nice too, however there is a set of dip switches in the control cavity for setting the mid frequency. The only other wish list item for me would be a little more treble cut than what's available with the LH3 preamp for a more deep dub tone.

    The B string is very good and works well with fingerstyle, slap or with a plectrum. I hardly noticed the 35" scale which is new to me. The 19mm spacing at the bridge is well suited to my aggressive playing style and large mitts.

    Overall, I am absolutely smitten with this bass and it is destined to be the main attraction of my stable for years to come!
    Price Paid:


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  1. baxter_x
    No passive tone control?? Can't you pull the colume knob? I own one sicne yesterday and pulling the volume knobs switches the bass to passive. With a huge volume drop though.
    1. Double E
      You can pull the volume knob for a passive mode, but you then get a straight signal from the pickups and no passive tone control. Many modern preamps have a passive tone knob to roll off high end just like most passive basses.
      Double E, Jan 10, 2017
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  2. Chris Szatny
    I love Lakland basses. I own two 55-01s....They have great tone.
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