Lakland 55-01 55-02 question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stinkoman20xx, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. Stinkoman20xx


    Oct 19, 2003
    Could somebody describe what these two basses sound like and on comparison and is their a huge diffrence? I no the diffrence in the pickups but everything else is the same and the 55-02 are higher priced.
  2. Mofopotomus


    May 2, 2005
    55-02 also has different electronics (same as the American model, thus the price difference). Wether or not they're better or not is up to you. I haven't played both though so I'm sorry I can't help with that.
  3. bino


    Jun 27, 2002
    Orange County
    Pickups and preamp are both different. And yes, they sound very different from one another. I've owned an -01 and -94. The 55-02 has the typical dark, focused bart sound but with a good amount of versatility with all the switching options and preamp. The 55-01 is much brighter with a more traditional tone when set flat. I sold the 55-01 because I felt my G&L L2000 did a better job with that tone, albeit in a 4-string package. But the adjustable mids on both let them do things a G&L can't.
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    As bino said, the 55-02 has the dark Bartolini tone in spades, if that is what you like.

    The 55-01 is brighter, and lot more aggressive sounding than the 55-02.

    So, whatever floats your boat, tonewise. They are basically the same bass except for the electronics.

    I am in a minority in not liking the polite tones of most Barts. My Zon fretless is one of the few basses with USA Barts that I like the tone of.

    So my choice was the less expensive 55-01. It excels at rock and heavy music, but with the preamp you can dial some smoothness in too. I have used it for rock, oldies, praise & worship, and traditional hymns.