I have played 1 Lakland in my life for maybe 5 minutes, it wasn't set up for me, and I have memory loss issues I got swept up in a graphite fetish, so my past few basses were multiple Moduluses, a Steinberger, and what was supposed to be my ultimate bass... A Status Empathy 5. I loved the bass since it was a little easier to play than the Mods, sounded better, and always had better action than any wood bass ever.... ... Then I bought a USA Fender J Dlx and my world came tumbling down. I missed the sound of single coils, the fart of wood, the simpler electronics. True, I was getting into a world of neck issues (comparitively) and buying a bass worth quite a bit less, but the tone is unimpeachable. Well, this has made me think of getting a bass to replace my Status, a bass that would compare closer to my J, without the usual Fender issues: Big head, wacky neck probs, basic construction. Here's my things: I like J bass tone, clean and clear, some bark, but controllable I have a Warwick with the best midrangey tone that I don't use, but have always liked Susatin is good Low maintainence, always a plus Sits comfortably on a big guy Buying sight unseen is okay, crafted well, if I don't like it, it's me, not the bass Also, I am not the biggest Bartolini fan. But the preamp is apparently custom for Lakland, and the basses are offered with Seymour Duncans. Is the bass different enough from, say, Pedulla's Bart-equipped stuff? This would obviously be a used bass. A Skyline may be considered as well, but I have no idea how those really compare. Any thoughts, much appreciated.