D.Lakin Basses now played - Short review added.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by OutToPlayJazz, Dec 26, 2014.

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  1. Edit: I've now played these basses - Short review added below.

    Okay, so as the title states, I'm interested in the new D.Lakin basses. Having watched and aurally scrutinised some of the videos around, I'm really liking the sound and specs of the blocked and bound Glaub P. Has anyone actually bought one on here? Your thoughts and impressions on these interesting new basses would be appreciated...
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  2. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    I haven't had the pleasure, but I typed Lakin into the search mode, and got a nice load of posts.
  3. Nobody

    Nobody Inactive

    Jul 14, 2004
    D.Lakin basses
  4. fender68


    Jun 7, 2011
    God, i'd love to try one. They look sweet!!
  5. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx!

    Oct 31, 2006
    Western Hemisphere
    I'm hoping to make it to Chicago in 2015. And when I'm there I'll be making a trip to D. Lakin Basses.
  6. Lol. He's doing what Fender should've done decades ago. Offering those kick ass custom colors. I wish he'd take the same approach as he originally did with Lakland, and offer something more "modern". Even if it's just adding electronics. Oh, yeah. A 5th string would be awfully nice, too. In fact that'd be the deal-breaker for me. No low "B", then it's not for me. I mean, it's not like he never had success with a modern approach. Hell, that's what made him successful! Never forget where you come from. And, if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.
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  8. Well, I played the D.Lakin basses myself yesterday, the Deluxe BG P with blocks and binding being my main focus. The sound is traditional P, but with more focus. No wooliness, just growl and punch. None of the strangled nasal sound is present here. Apparently, this slightly more focused sound was achieved by adding a strip of neodymium underneath the split coils. The tone control roll off is also very smooth and linear, rather like a Fender Grease Bucket in operation. image.jpg
    The fit and finish really is excellent for the money (unfortunately we're ripped off as per usual here in the UK with import duties and VAT, as these basses finish up practically the same price as Fender American Standards), with excellent paint seams and full Hipshot hardware, including vintage reversed tuners. The Glaub balances easily on the knee and is fast & easy to play with plenty of tone and sustain, too.

    It's very nice to see another bolt-on neck with recessed bolts and no plate - My Enfield bass is constructed in the same way, apparently helping with better sound transference. I certainly had no complaints with the amount of sustain on offer and the neck felt strong and stable with no flex or dive.

    I was particularly impressed with the neck finishes, which are a cut above the usual at this price. When Dan Lakin says, "oil finished neck", it means it's the smoothest neck surface you've ever felt, and that's coming from someone who much prefers poly gloss necks. The finish is excellent, as are the edges and fret work. Before encountering the instrument, I was half expecting the sticky nastiness of a SUB Ray or the old bare sawdust feel of a half finished Fender neck of old. So consider me impressed.

    At the end of the day, it's just another P copy, but there's definitely something about them. These basses deserve to sell by the bucketload.
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  9. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk

    Oct 10, 2001
    Thanks for the review. The thing that always kills these P and J copies for me is an unattractive headstock. However, I find the headstock on this bass very handsome.
  10. They are actually more than an American Standard in the US. An American Standard Precision will sell for $1300 (most often much less with discounts) and a Lakin Glaub will cost $1550 with a hardshell case like the Fender comes with.
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  11. GregC

    GregC Questlove, Black Thought, Hamilton Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    The Am Standards come with SKBs that can be had for less than $150 in stores, I believe. So the all-in cost for the Lakin would be under $1400 if you went that route. I have not seen the G&G cases Dan is selling for $300, but that seems pretty steep. I assume they're quite plush.
  12. Absolutely. With discounts its easy to grab a US Fender P for $1100. My point wasn't to say that the Lakin is overpriced (as I have yet to play one and if they are close to US Lakland territory as many have said then I am sure they are priced well) but to point out that OutToPlayJazz shouldn't feel bad about the pricing in his country.
  13. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I'm with you on the headstock - was just thinking I liked it, kind of understated, refined. All "humblebrag", if you will. :)
  14. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    Be patient....all of that is coming.....hopefully sooner rather than later though...
  15. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    They are quite plush....very similar to the previous Lakland cases....but in green.

    Greg and I have played these and were pretty impressed ourselves.....
  16. ModuMan

    ModuMan How many is too many? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bristol, CT #19
    The case is really nice. I've actually gotten quite a number of compliments on just the case itself. It looks really sharp. It is indeed a "regular" G&G case but the colors inside and out set it apart.
  17. ModuMan

    ModuMan How many is too many? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bristol, CT #19
    This was not my experience. I found the JO to be pretty solid in the lows while the top end feels more constrained. Not in a bad way, but not a twank machine. I still have the original strings on, maybe that will change.
  18. Gecko 5

    Gecko 5 Inactive Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 11, 2005
    South Milwaukee , Wisconsin
    Gecko Leatherworks
    Damnit!!!! I'm in the market. JUST out of my range
    This is my ALL TIME favorite bass color... With a tort guard

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  19. Gecko 5

    Gecko 5 Inactive Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 11, 2005
    South Milwaukee , Wisconsin
    Gecko Leatherworks
    Oh wait..... 1 1/2" at the nut...... Just like that... GAS gone.... Like a fart in the wind...... :)
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