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Lakland 55-01 - A good choice as the first 5-string bass ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gröt, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. Gröt


    May 1, 2008
    Hi ! :)

    I have to say that Lakland 55-01 seems to be a
    very good 5-string bass. I know they were made in
    Korea at first, now in Indonesia.

    They are not very expensive and that makes me wonder.
    Are they worth buying or should i save up for something
    else ?

    I like the wide spacing, i like the sound, maybe not so much
    the 35" but that may not be a problem.

    There are no chance to try one before a buy so...

    What can you say about this one ?

    I would be grateful for your response :hyper:


  2. I had a Korean, pre plek one. In a word, Yes.

    this has been asked afew times, so be prepared for people to mention that. But as I have said before and don't mind saying again, they are well built, comfortable, and versatile, if a tad generic sounding. Great platform for mods and easily sellable if you decide it isnt for you. Not much to lose with that.
  3. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    The 55-01 is a great choice for a first 5, especially if you're looking for wide string spacing. It's well-built and has an excellent low B, which is going to make the switch to 5 a lot easier by letting you really make use of that extra low string!

  4. kraigo


    Jun 21, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    I've had over a half a dozen five string basses over the years. One of the two I've stopped at is my 55-01. It's a great bass for me. I've dropped Nordstrand Dual Coils into mine.

  5. RTL

    RTL Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Leander, TX

    The Lakland 55-01 was my first 5 string bass, and I haven't been interested in 4's since. I can't think of a better 5'er to start on. In fact, I'd take one over several 5's that cost twice as much. It's completely gig-worthy, reliable, and has a fantastic B string.
  6. One minor note, I had wiring problem with mine, the jack was kind of screwed up. It was an easy fix, but the wiring was not very clean and I had to re do a bit of it. I don't know aobut newer ones, but I have heard a couple other 01 owners have output jack issues.
  7. Hugh Jass

    Hugh Jass

    Oct 10, 2008
    Canada eh
    Give one a listen first. The MK1 electronics are not everyones cup of tea, myself included. Some like them as they are clean and quiet for recording but a little too polite and bland for my taste. Also, myself and others have problems getting the string volumes to balance.

    on the other hand the 5 string MK1 routes are a direct fit for nordstrand's if you don't dig the stock sound.
  8. Yeah, they are a trifle plain, but the upside is versatility. Not for nothing, thats one of the reasons I got rid of mine, but in retrospect some Nordys might have been a better choice.