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!!

    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. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!!

    Preamp first! Bart NTMB, then keep an eye out for a good deal on some pickups.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  8. 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?
  9. Carl_D

    Carl_D Guest

    Beautiful specimen. Looks identical to mine.
  10. 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.
  11. Yok


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