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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Aug 25, 2012.
How would you compare the current production quality between G&L USA and Lakland Skyline?
That's a tough one. I would say us g&l is more consistent in terms of qc, but I am not sure other than that. I do like the Lakland skyline necks a bit more.
Speaking of necks, don't Skylines have graphite reinforcements in their necks? I don't believe G&L has gone this route yet.
negative on graphite in skylines.
Skylines do not, nor do us g&l's. Us laklands do though, and now a days this is a must for me.
Actually, five-string Skylines do have graphite reinforcement. The fours do not.
From my experience, G&L.
the tributes series is EVERY bit as good as the skylines, i believe even better.
So why not compare Tribute to Skyline in stead MM?
For my part, I have a G&L L-2500 and I'm fully satisfied with it... I had mine for 15 years now.
It is a close race. I think the extra attention to the Skyline frets gives them the edge, but the price difference may give G&L the winning hand. I just wish my L-2000 had a 1 5/8" neck instead of 1 3/4".
The US G&L basses have that special something that make them better than Skylines and Tributes, IMHO. Just like US Laklands are better in hard-to-quantify ways.
I'll let you know tomorrow - I've got a 5505 ready to pick up and I'll compare it to my G&L's!
This thread reminds me of something important. There is an ASAT waiting for me at my parent's house.
That is important !
I'm surprised you needed reminding!
What can I say? I'm getting old. And forgetful.
There's no comparison. USA G&L > Skylines by a mile.
The A&B comparison I would find interesting to do would be between fit,finish and tone of the Skyline 44-60 and a G&L JB.
I've never owned a 44-60, but I have owned a few Skylines. 55-01 (3), Darryl Jones, and a 55-02.
They were all good basses. I felt they were worth what I bought them for used, but I would never pay full price for a new one. I believe the first batch of Korean Skylines to be the best. Why? Because one of the 55-01's I had was and it was a tighter bass. Better fit and finish and the neck didn't budge. They all had cosmetic stuff here and there. Tuners not on straight, some finish issues here or there, and fit and finish can be hit or miss.
The 2 G&L JB's I've owned were both superb instruments. No problems at all with them.
I like the G&L JB's tone. If you want another type of pickup that's easy enough to change. The Lakland DJ had aeros in it and those were great as well.
I've been a G&L guy since 1985 here are my current models.
I have never played anything but G&L since!
G&L without a doubt. I have never played a bad G&L bass, and I have never played a good Lakland (either USA or Skyline.)