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G&L USA vs Lakland Skyline

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Aug 25, 2012.


  1. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    How would you compare the current production quality between G&L USA and Lakland Skyline?
     
  2. ChetChetney

    ChetChetney

    Apr 25, 2012
    Oklahoma City
    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.
     
  3. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    Speaking of necks, don't Skylines have graphite reinforcements in their necks? I don't believe G&L has gone this route yet.
     
  4. j.kernodle

    j.kernodle Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    negative on graphite in skylines.
     
  5. ChetChetney

    ChetChetney

    Apr 25, 2012
    Oklahoma City
    Skylines do not, nor do us g&l's. Us laklands do though, and now a days this is a must for me.
     
  6. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Chicago
    Actually, five-string Skylines do have graphite reinforcement. The fours do not.
     
  7. tkozal

    tkozal

    Feb 16, 2006
    New York City
    From my experience, G&L.
     
  8. nubs

    nubs

    Mar 1, 2005
    Wisconsin
    the tributes series is EVERY bit as good as the skylines, i believe even better.
     
  9. BassBuzzRS

    BassBuzzRS

    Oct 18, 2005
    Norway
    So why not compare Tribute to Skyline in stead MM?
     
  10. For my part, I have a G&L L-2500 and I'm fully satisfied with it... I had mine for 15 years now.
     
  11. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    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.
     
  12. xxx666

    xxx666

    Jan 12, 2008
    Australia
    Endorsing Artist G&L Guitars
    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!
     
  13. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    This thread reminds me of something important. There is an ASAT waiting for me at my parent's house.
     
  14. xxx666

    xxx666

    Jan 12, 2008
    Australia
    Endorsing Artist G&L Guitars
    That is important !

    I'm surprised you needed reminding!
     
  15. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    What can I say? I'm getting old. And forgetful.
     
  16. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya

    Dec 28, 2007
    There's no comparison. USA G&L > Skylines by a mile.
     
  17. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    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.
     
  18. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya

    Dec 28, 2007
    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.
     
  19. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Manitowoc WI
    I've been a G&L guy since 1985 here are my current models.
    I have never played anything but G&L since!
     

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  20. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    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.)
     

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