Carvin or Lakland?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sr506, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. sr506

    sr506 Guest

    Jan 16, 2007
    Carbondale IL
    ok, i want a new higher end bass and i can't decide between a carvin or a lakland, i have some connections with lakeland so i will be getting any lakland almost half of list price. i want a four string and i play prog rock/ prog metal/ funk , and i was wondering if i can get some opinions on what i should get, but i would like to get either a carvin or lakeland so any help would be greatly apreciated.. thanks
  2. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
    Lakland all the way.
  3. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Definitely the Lakland, a 44-01 or 02 should cover everything you need.
  4. I have a 55-02 and i love it. I do not think you can go wrong with Lakland. But the cpl of Carvins i have played were nice instruments.
  5. Tony-bobs

    Tony-bobs Guest

    Aug 19, 2008
    Spearfish, SD
    Carvin's resale is really bad, so keep that in mind. I've never played either, so idk which would be better for the style of music you play, but I do own a carvin amp and I have friends that own carvin gear and there's no way you would ever get back what you put in for a carvin, maybe half if you're lucky. I believe the Lakeland's are a little better about this though...
  6. Murphbass


    Jun 12, 2005
    Sacramento, CA
  7. jwbassman

    jwbassman Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Lakland all the way.
  8. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    One of those will sound much better to you than the other. One of those will balance and fit your hands much better than the other. Play them both if you can. They're both top-quality instruments.

    If resale is going to be a significant factor, the Lakland would be the stronger choice. Especially if you're getting a good deal on one.

    From the material you described, it sounds like the Lakland 4402 might be the best choice from that brand.
  9. buffordbass


    Nov 11, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amps, Lakland Basses
    see a pattern here?
  10. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Many more people complain about Carvin electronics or sound than complain about Laklands.

    I'd go Lakland.
  11. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    I would not even put those too brands in the same sentence.

    Do the Laklland.
  12. Groovin

    Groovin Guest

    May 25, 2006
    Wash, D.C.
    Before ppl starting screaming snobbery.. I've owned both. Lakland is a FAR superior instrument. The skyline models are a steal for what they are. I'm on the hunt for a 44-02 myself.
  13. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    I've owned both. I liked my Carvin - fretless 6 - but the Lakland would be my favorite.
  14. Lakland. In case your connection falls through, there's a store in the Deals forum dumping Laklands for dirt cheap..
  15. pjmuck


    Feb 8, 2006
    New Joisey
    Is this a trick question?
  16. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Sadly, the absolute highest end Carvin is still considered a non-high end bass... The reasons for Carvin's failure to really seize the market would make for another thread, I suppose, as would the reasons why Lakland, who merely make yet another Fender variation, have succeeded in doing so... But having owned and played both, I can say I'd rather bring a USA Lakland to the gig, any day. The feel and the sound are great.

    PERHAPS if Carvin would start using aftermarket electronics... I will say that the newest generation of Carvin basses do look much more like a boutique bass SHOULD look...

    But back to the comparison - this really is apples and oranges; The highest end Carvin, with every bell and whistle still isn't as pricey as basic 44-94. I wonder, was the OP wanting to compare Lakland Skyline basses to Carvin? That would seem a more apt comparison, at least price-wise...
  17. spectorbass83


    Jun 6, 2005
    Lakland. Any day.
  18. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    sr506, You have a P.M.
    My 8 mos. old 44-02 is for sale, and I'm in Il.
  19. dukeplaysbass

    dukeplaysbass Supporting Member

    Lakland. All day long.
  20. lakland 44-02 is the bass your looking for, it can hit any one of the genres that youve said, and sound great doing it. if your lucky enough to afford a u.s. model, then by all means go for it!!!! and the skyline counterpart cannot be beat in its pricerange.