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How many years have Lakland been plekking their Skyline basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. I'm buying a two year old Lakland 44-01 tomorrow and wonder if it might have been plekked. I don't think the guy who owns it would know either. He says he bought it two years ago.
  2. GhettoBrassGuy

    GhettoBrassGuy Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2002
    Simi Valley, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull, Lakland, Aguilar, JH Audio
    Pretty sure yours will be. I bought a Decade in 2009 and it was plek'd.
  3. Awesome! I'm getting this thing with case for $400 and it's apparently brand new. He never played it out and it never left his house.

  4. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    crazy cheap for that bass - and he doesn't know about his own bass that he bought new? :confused: I'd take a friend when you go to get it.
  5. It sounds like he played on a cheap Ibby for a few years. Then he bought the Lakland and got married shortly afterward - after which it sat in its case unplayed since then. I'm assuming he doesn't know much about it because he hasn't played it for years. I have a friend who has owned a Conklin Groove Tools 4-string that has sat in its case for the past three years unplayed as well.
  6. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    I'd email Lakland with the serial number and ask them for the spec.
  7. darrenmt


    Dec 15, 2004
    Not unusual for people to shift their priorities after getting married especially if it's just a hobby for them.

    That's a good deal on a Skyline 4401. Looks like the standard ash body with MK1 Bart pickups and electronics, flat sawn maple neck with maple fretboard.

    If it is 2 yrs old it would probably be Indonesian made, definitely Plek'd. Great basses for the money even at retail. Lakland has had the Skyline series Plek'd since 2008.
  8. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs

    Yes it will be plekked
  9. Thanks! I was wondering when you were going to chime in!
  10. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Yup, I remember visiting the shop shortly after the Plek machine came in--it was late 2008.
  11. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs

    Hope all is well....
  12. It's all good, Doug! I'm back with a Lakland. I can't say I'll never part with it, but it's a nice one. There are a few hard to find dings and it's dusty, but the grain is really nice and it's LIGHT! I could be wrong and my bathroom scale could be way off, but when I weighed it it appears to be between 7 and 8 lbs. The red line is on the third line below the 10 (which would be the 7, right?). Could that be right?

    Sounds clear and aggressive with Labella flatwounds strung through the body.

    It's also MIK so it's probably not plekked. How can I tell what year it is from the serial number?
  13. bassguyky48

    bassguyky48 Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2009
    Central KY./Danville
    The serial no is on the side of the neck. The first 2 digits tell the the year, the next 2 signify the month. I have owned Korean basses that play better than plekked basses.........Indo series basses. Do all plekked basses play perfect?
  14. bassguyky48

    bassguyky48 Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2009
    Central KY./Danville
    One other comment.......I have found several of the Korean basses to be thinner front to back. It seems to me the INdo series seem fatter, even though the nut width and final fret width seem pretty consistent from 2002 till the present.
  15. This one definitely plays well and the fretwork is great. It's a 2007.