Fender Jazz vs. Lakland Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rutgers Bassist, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. Ok, I have a problem here. I don't know what to get. An American Fender Jazz, or a Laklan Jazz. Let me know what you think. Thanks.
  2. r379


    Jul 28, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
    Would you mean a Skyline series Lakland Joe Osborne or the USA JO?
  3. O sorry about that Lakland SkylineJoe Osbourn 4.
  4. Lockout


    Dec 24, 2002
    I would personally go with the Lakland, if only because I've heard much better things about their quality control and customer service than I have about Fender.

    I'm a big Lakland fan, though, and I'm planning on buying myself a JO5 soon, so I'm probably biased. :)
  5. etherbass


    May 24, 2004
    hey try them both out and get what you honeslty like better.. i have a a USA 75' re issue jazz bass, and to me... the tone and clarity is amazing. but you may like the lakland better. try a few jazz basses out though...
  6. What other brand Jazzes would you recomend in the 300-700 dollar used price line?
  7. OK, I am a fan of both. It's easier to find a very good quality Lakland Skyline. Try'em all and pick the one ya like. I prefer the American Fender jazz just because of the feel and tone. Although, if you are considering a new Fender consider changing out the original pups to achieve a more vintage tone like the JO.
    How about the Lakland Skyline Darryl Jones model?
  8. Hmm, dare I say early 80's Guild pilot $300-400 , G&L JB or an early L2000 $600-700.
  9. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Inactive

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao EspaƱa
    The JO comes with Fralin pups, IMO a JO with an aftermarket J-retro preamp would be a nice (if not the best) choice, and yeah youll get better price value on a skyline than in a MIA standar fender.
  10. fresnorich


    Sep 17, 2003
    Fresno, CA
    One difference would be the neck radius.

    The Fender R.I.s have a 7.25" neck radius. I think the Lakland Skylines are all 10", but you can custom order a USA Lakland with a 7.25 radius.

    Standard USA Fender basses have a 9.5" radius, I believe.

    Neck radius probably doesn't make a lot of difference to some people, but I sure love the feel of my Fender Sting RI's neck.
  11. I like the feel of the American Fender better, simply because it's very glossy feeling. The Skylines I've played tend to have a smoother, more modern feeling neck. Both are great choiuces though. I haven't played the Joe Osborn, but the Darryl Jones sig was a great bass when I played it.
  12. rayzak


    Jan 13, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    I really don't think you can go wrong with either bass. I had a Skyline JO 4 and loved it.... but, beware because it was probably the heaviest bass i've ever owned, which is the only reason that I no longer have it. Seems to be the only real complaint I hear about the Lakland.
  13. Z-Bass


    Apr 22, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Do not own either but have tried out each model plenty of times. I found the Lakland Skyline JO just seemed to play better, the neck seemed to fit just right for me, more playable. Plus the Fralin pickups sounded bigger and more full to my ears.
  14. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    You know you want the Skyline. Go for it! ;)
  15. Big String

    Big String Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Northwest Indiana
    Without a doubt...Lakland.
  16. Fret Boiler

    Fret Boiler Pity World

    Apr 12, 2004
    Purdue University