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Lakland 44-01 or G&L M2000 Tribute - which would you rather have?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. 44-01

    13 vote(s)
  2. M2000 Tribute

    11 vote(s)
  1. Which would you rather have - an MIK Lakland 44-01 or a G&L M2000 Tribute (in white)? Why?
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    That's a tough one.

    Body shape, balance, comfort...Lakland by a mile.

    Stock electronics...G&L by a mile.

    The correct answer is a 44-01 with real Bartolinis :)
  3. I have the money to change out the preamp - or would you go for pups first?
  4. Any other thoughts?
  5. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Preamp first! Bart NTMB, then keep an eye out for a good deal on some pickups.
  6. I've found a used set of Bartolini "triple coil" pickups - how would those be? I'd replace the preamp first, but I can always get a preamp - getting a good set of replacement pickups in the right size is another story.
  7. Carl_D

    Carl_D Guest


    I have tried both. I bought the 44-01 (currently my 1 and only bass).
    Some find the electronics/pickups a little lacking or sterile. I have no issue with them. With flats and the right EQ, it works great for what I play.

    Try both if you can, and choose whichever one speaks to you.

    Edit: I see your profile lists a previous 55-01. A 44-01 should be pretty similar to this, minus the B-string, of course.
  8. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic and card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Lakland 44-01 with swamp ash body and rosewood fingerboard! I still miss mine...Play the heck out it, Josh! Great sound and great neck.

  9. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    My 44-01 sounds terrific with stock elecs. Have had it for ten years, it's one of the best sounding basses I have.

    I'd like to own a M-2000 before deciding which I liked better. So no vote from me.

    I expect you'll get a lot of Lakland votes in your poll. But let's be honest, most have never owned both. So maybe take all of it with a grain of salt?
  10. Carl_D

    Carl_D Guest

    Beautiful specimen. Looks identical to mine.
  11. nubs


    Mar 1, 2005
    Lakland. I traded my 5501 for a G&L 2500. A trade I look back on with disappointment constantly. There was nothing about the G/L that outdid the lakland at all.
  12. Yok


    Oct 14, 2011
    Sydney, AU
    M2000, it's more me. Gruntier, crankier, plus I like the bridge better.
  13. M-2000/2500 is a different beast though.
  14. Wallace320


    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    But I don't agree with the point
    and vote goes for white M2000

    it's classy and carved top at the very same time, and honestly
    electronics is better on G&L Tributes than on MIK Skylines