lakand users......what's the deal

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Insighted02, Nov 21, 2002.

  1. Hey there,

    I was wondering about the benefits of using a lakand. Sell your bass people :) .........what do you like about them, what's the perks, what are they good for? Why do you own one/use one.

    I'm not particularly looking at specfic price ranges or anything in the line. What ever you use.......tell me about it.

    thanks once again people! (I'll be supporting member soon! I promise!) :D

  2. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    I had one and liked it but prefer my Pensa and Sadowsky. I think both basses get the right tone much easier. The Lakland had many different ways to get tones. I thought the neck and the finish was great. Find one, play it, judge for yourself. Nice basses. Good luck:)

  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    The best thing about Lakland is the neck. It plays itself. They're also very versatile tone-wise. Very tight and clean. Better fit and finish than any of my other basses. When you play one, you'll know.
  4. Bardolph


    Jul 28, 2002
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I am a very satisfied owner of a skyline 55-01. I didn't really know what the huge deal was until I just went ahead and bought mine. I agree about the neck, extremely fast. The slap tone is very characteristic and well defined. Very wide range of tones and just a well built sturdy bass.
  5. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I have a skyline 55-01 w/ the upgraded preamp, and a skyline JO5 on order, should be here in a couple of weeks... Like Munji said, the necks are amazing... the fit, the finish, and the versatility. Once you look at the Skyline series and realize that there are some heavy guns at a great price, the value of the skylines make them winners for me... If the skylines are this good as an import, then I can't wait to have the money for a 55-94!

  6. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Like any piece of gear with an identity/sound/feel that sets it apart from the pack, the only way to know is to play one.

    Like a nice pre-CBS Fender or a vintage SVT, you've got to plug into one to truly know......(or a porno star with a great personality).
  7. rickreyn

    rickreyn Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    Since there seems to be no sales person in the crowd, let me convince you to buy one--but I am selling the USA variety.

    First, for the money, you'll not find a better made bass. We are talking perfect. I know there are Sadowskys out there and they hung the moon, but they cost more. I am still staring at perfection of the construction job.

    Second, this is one solid bass. The neck is solid. The body is solid. And it's not too heavy.

    Third, the satin finish of the maple neck I have, and its dimensions, make for one nice feel, and lightning quick action. The 35" scale and 22 frets give you plenty of room to roam. It's very forgiving.

    Fourth, a myriad of sounds. With essentially three pickups, the tones are limitless! The main tone, with everything "flat" is an amalgamation of all your favorite Fender tones into the main Lakland sound.

    Fifth, hardware. Massive bridge. String through. Light Hipshot tuners. Rubber knobs (my favorites). Sturdy input. You expect this stuff on an upscale bass.

    Sixth, Bartolini pickups. Love them. Rich. Warm. A compressed bite. Mid-range settings. Adjustable gain.

    Seventh, looks. I have the natural quilted maple with birdseye maple neck. The finish resists knicks and scratches. Very beautiful to look at. Expert job on the top.

    Eighth, see below...

  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Gotta agree with Rick. When I got my 55-94 from Lakland, I can't recall seeing a more flawless new bass. I bought mine used.
  9. Steve Whitman

    Steve Whitman

    Sep 4, 2000
    Hey Insighted - If you want to check out some Laklands, come on down to Evangelo's tomorrow night (Friday). I'll be playing there with Albuquerque Blues Connection. I'll have my US Bob Glaub (P-bass) and Skyline Joe Osborne Dude-Pit LE (Jazz). I've got a Dual-J passive fiver as well, but don't use it on blues gigs that often. We'll be back in Santa Fe 2 or 3 times in December if you can't make it Friday.
  10. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    seriously- Laklands are wonderful - you cant go wrong--- a real GIGGING bass- if you know what i mean ;)
  11. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    Like many here, I am a bass junky (junkie?). My dlx 55-94 has stood the test of time (2 years and counting). Looks, versatility, light weight, the best fretted neck I have ever played, fit, finish, and a unique sound. This is one of the few in my collection that has not, and will not be on the trading block. One word of caution, unless you like that sort of thing, the maple board versions can be very bright sounding. I prefer rosewood on these basses.
  12. Rod B.

    Rod B.

    Jun 11, 2002
    I pretty much echo rickreyn's post. Mine is a Classic (alder body) with rosewood neck, so it's a solid color (Inca Silver). As far as looks, I love the Lakland shape. I really love the tone. The 55-94 is my main bass. If I could only keep one, it'd be the one.

    P.S. Eventually I'd love to have a deluxe or standard (ash body) with maple neck to have all sonic basses covered. :D
  13. vanselus


    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    That's easily the best looking Lakland i've ever seen. I dig it!
  14. rickreyn

    rickreyn Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
  15. vanselus


    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    sorry man, i'm just personally sick of quilted maple. i think it's just refreshing to see a silver lakland.

    i'm sure it SOUNDS much better ;)

    (and yes, it's still quite attractive)
  16. I'm shocked that nobody has mentioned this: the Lakland Low B. It is simply phenomenal, IMHO. Huge, tight, musical, and feel-wise it integrates beautifully with the other strings. For optimum results, I recommend the Lakland extra-long DR strings strung through the body.

    Also, I love the balance and weight of my D55-94 - it's light yet substantial and solid, and it just seems to hang in the right position no matter what.

    Don't forget the support - quick, professional, friendly, and often from Dan Lakin himself.

    Finally, they're just so darn ... functional. I feel like I could show up to literally any EB gig and never have to worry about my bass being right for the job. As much as I am intrigued by ultra high-ends (Fodera, Elrick, etc.) and smaller luthiers (Stambaugh, Nostrand, etc.), I must admit that I have no desire to stray from Laklands. If I wasn't currently a DB-only kinda guy, Dan Lakin would be a few grand richer. ;)

    Between Adrian and Gard, you've got plenty of friendly TB'ers who will be thrilled to liberate you of a few bucks for one of these fine creations!
  17. rickreyn

    rickreyn Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    I thought I had him sold with the seven reasons and the picture. The B is definitely another reason, as well as its versatility. Lakin returns e-mails too!
  18. dumeril7


    Oct 21, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I've had my 55-01 for a few months now. First, I agree with what folks have said about Laklands -- the neck, B-string, sound and general construction are top-notch. And that's my import bass; the US versions are even better. I have a cherry sunburst model (no quilt top) with a maple 'board. That ash/maple/active-pre combo makes for a simultaneously bright and deep sound that is awesome for slap. I only have a couple (very) minor complaints: The under-sized bottom horn doesn't work well for me in the sitting position; it tends to dig into my leg. A bigger horn would work better for me. The second niggle I have with my Lakland is that I'd prefer fatter frets than the narrow vintage-style frets on the Skylines. Like I said though, these are nit-picky complaints and frankly I adjusted to both of them very quickly.

  19. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    Let's not forget the Bob Glaub and Joe Osborn. In Jan/Feb 03, Lakland will debut the Darryl Jones Bass (Rolling Stones) with block inlays!

  20. funkasaurus


    Apr 23, 2001
    Los Angeles
    Do you know if the Darryl Jones model is going to be a USA or a Skyline model? Or maybe both? Specs?

    Sorry for all the questions, but Lakland is on my short list for possible future basses. Thanks!

    BTW, sweet Bob Glaub! :)