I have had a Cort GB-75 since the end of January, and I have been very impressed with it. Some of you may remember a long thread in which I said that I felt it held it's own against some very nice high end basses. This week, I took possesion of the bass that was the inspiration for the GB-75, the Lakland 55-02. My 55-02 is an older one with Bartolinis that I got from Quadzilla, our TB Bass Superstore! (Quad, I couldn't help but rib you when I saw your feedback number of 196 before I even put down my own comment.) Here are some basic comaprisons: Shape- The Lakland has a very round lower body like an old Yamaha BB2000 or 3000. The Cort is much closer to the a Fender Jazz in it's profile. Weight - Cort 10 lbs. 5 oz. 55-02 9 lbs. 12 oz. Hardware - This is very close. The GB-75 has Hipshot designed tuners & the 55-02 has actual Hipshots. I can't tell the difference. Both have sturdy bridges. The Cort has a Neutrik jack, and the Lakland has a bigger string tree, but both string trees look alike. I think this one is a tie. Neck - Lakland is the clear winner here. The Cort's neck is very nice, but the 55-02's neck is pure butter, not unlike the neck on a nice Sadowsky Metro Modern I played at the STL GTG. Electronics- Lakland is clearly more versatile, but the Cort can very effectively emulate the 55-02. The trick is to avoid full treble, because the high end response on the Cort can be harsh. On both basses, I have recently fallen in love with the sound of the controls flat with both pickups on with the rear humbuckers' coil closest to the fingerboard activated. Both get great fingerstyle tone with all coils on or with the rear humbucker on. Miscellaneous - the GB-75 is 34" and the 55-02 is 35", I really can't feel the difference. As for the B string, both are very good with a slight edge to the 55-02. Conclusion - I love J/MM basses! The Cort comes very, very close to the 55-02, and if you can't afford the Lakland or cannot swing a sweet deal on used like I got, get the Cort GB-75, and be happy. That said, I can tell the Lakland is a better made instrument. I am really blessed to own both!