Howdy hey. I got lots of thumbs up for the Lakland Skyline series for an affordable 5 string option. I need a 35" scale because my band detunes a half-step and I don't wants no floppy B! So, I can get a great deal on a 55-01 that keeps the bass well within budget...or a 55-02 for another $400 more. I don't want the Deluxe model -- as a highly figured wood top is of little concern to me. I'm told the only key differences are that the Bartolini pickups and electronics are made & assembled in Korea on the 55-01 and the 55-02 has US made guts. As well, I understand the pickup configuration on the 55-02 is more versatile with Jazz & MM design as opposed to 2 soapbars on the 55-01. In all honesty, I don't want bell & whistles...coil tap switches and push-pull active/passive, etc. I just want a simple to operate, good sounding bass...a pan knob between front and back pickups is just fine with me. So here's the real question: Does anyone have experience with the 55-01??? How is the low B string (anyone detune???) and how are the electronics? Any noise, hiss, quality issues I should know about? Do you get a strong, clear output on the 55-01 worthy of recording and constant gigging? Many thanks!