Lakland 55-01 Replace pickups or eq first?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Eilif, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    For the record, I like the bass, and am planning on playing this bass stock for a few months to see how I like it, but I almost always have to mod every bass I have so here goes...

    I just got a 55-01, and I was wanting to get a bit more variation in the tone (A few more mellow vintage tones maybe?). It is a 2003 model with bart mk1 pickups and the mk1 preamp.

    I found upgrade bart pickups (in the mk1 shape) and the ntmb preamp on the net. If I can only change pre or p/u's which should it be?

    For the record, I am playing fingerstyle and mostly vintage/rock/pop.

    Also, can anyone ,who has experience with both,describe the difference between the mk1 p/u's and the bart cb series soapbars?
  2. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    Why don't you just get a 55-02 instead?
  3. I had a 55-01 fretless for a while and thought it was a very nice bass for the buck. Spend some time with the stock setup, as you are planning gto do, and you might not feel the need so much.

    But... :cool: back to your question, the CBs are a fuller sounding pickup. That is based on my experience with the CB jazz bass pickups. I have those in two different basses and think highly of them. And you can put whatever preamp you like in that bass. You could stick with a boost/cut setup like the Bart or go with a boost control rig like the Aguilar. Bart CBs and an OBP-3? :bassist:

    Re: the 55-02, since you think that you would mod the bass anyhow I think that the 55-01 is a better choice because of the initial lower cost. There isn't a difference in the build quality from the examples that I have seen.
  4. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    I went with the 55-01 because I found a pristine used example for 500 bucks w/OHSC and my wife immidiately offered to buy it for me as a birthday/christmas/anniversary present. Also, the it was in a wood and color combo (natural ash w.cheryburst) that is no longer offered on either instrument. (I am not a fan of the figured maple tops)

    I am pretty set on the bart ntmb because of how it has sounded on other laklands that I have played. Tonight it will fineally get played in a band situation. I really like the sound, but I do notice that the pre is not as sweet as it could be.

    So back to the origonal question

    which to change first? pre or pickups?
  5. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    So she's the reason you went for it! Thank her for me, and I sincerely hope that you're giving it the playing time it deserves. Were I in your position, I would change the preamp first... I find that preamps have a larger impact on tone than do pickups, and the fact that preamps are flexible offers a dimension that pickups do not. Best of luck to you!
  6. Showdown


    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I would go with a preamp. I like the pickups on mine, but the bass seems to be weak in the lower mids, and the preamp mid control doesn't affect the right frequency. I have to boost about 250 Hz on my amp to get it to cut through the band. Then it sounds great. I think the NTMB preamps have a switch to set the mid freq, and would work better.
  7. I thought about this a bit and I would start with the preamp if you really feel the need to upgrade something. I have owned a few basses with the NTMB, all with the 3-way mid selector switch, and I like it overall. The controls all do what they are supposed to do. Like most preamps you will hear a little hiss when boosting the treble. IMO, live with it.
  8. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    Funny, the only thing I want to do to my 55-01 is swap out the mk1 pre for a Bart NTMB. But, if you want a more "polite" tone, you'd be better off going w/ a 55-02 to start with... and it already has the NTMB.

    For me, I wasnt able to find an 02 first, before I purchased, and as it turns out,,, I like the more aggressive nature of the 01's soapbars.