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Fender am. jazz std 2012 vs Lakland 44-60

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xkomo, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. xkomo


    Feb 6, 2011

    I am thinking to buy a new 4 string bass. I already own a musicman stingray so I would prefer a bass with a passive, warm and "vintage" sound.
    The ideal bass I think would be a jazz 62 RI but it is expensive for me.
    TWo basses I think are suitable for me are:
    1. 2012 Fender jazz Am. standard (60's pickups)
    2. Lakland skyline 44-60

    Has anyone experience with both of them?
    Which one would you choose?

    Thank you!
  2. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    Very hard to choose between what are essentially two basses that feel, look, and sound very similar.

    If you can't try them first, get the best deal of the two.
  3. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    ... No humming and growl aplenty

    Now, present version with '60s single coils, I still don't like its neckheeljoint but hey Lakland Skyline 4460 is even "more Fender than Fender itself".

  4. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    I think the Lakland neck is a little thinner front to back than the Fender.
    The Lakland might be a little heavier. The Fender will probably have better resale value.
    Everyone knows about Fender, while Lakland takes some explaining.
    Personally, I have both but probably play the Lakland more often.
  5. Oracle

    Oracle Banned

    Sep 7, 2012
    I have owned both and I prefer the lakland. The neck profile, smaller frets and great sound make it a winner to me. Fender made in USA vs Lakland made overseas mean nothing, in fact, IMHO Lakland feels better quality and their customer service is top notch, the only thing where Fender wins is that it comes with a nice hardcase. Both great basses.