Lakland 55-OS - Why so under the radar?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by halcyo, Jul 30, 2021.

  1. halcyo


    Sep 19, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Played a 55-01 recently and thought it was pretty dang nice, especially for the price. The OS (offset) version is apparently a bit upgraded, and has a very cool body shape. Strangely though, it’s as if there’s almost NO info, hype, or even advertising about it. There’s ONE video on all of youtube, only 2 threads on this forum, and even Lakland seems to be avoiding the product for some reason (offering it only in black is kinda strange IMO- I know theres a purple one that was sweetwater exclusive but it’s sold out already).

    What gives on this thing?!?!
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  2. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy.

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    It's essentially a 55-01 with an offset body. TBH they didn't even bring one to NAMM.
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  3. halcyo


    Sep 19, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Apparently it’s an upgraded preamp, which I’ve heard people claim is a more significant upgrade to the 55-01 platform than the actual pickups. Ive read that the bartolinis that people find a bit blah come alive a bit more with the better preamp.
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  4. Ricky Rioli

    Ricky Rioli

    Sep 29, 2020
    Not including a photo isn't helping lift it up into the radars attention... :p

  5. Alessandro Cruz

    Alessandro Cruz

    Jul 23, 2018
    Bumping this post a bit, I found this video, and... What can I say? I like the tone...

  6. szusman

    szusman Supporting Member

    May 15, 2003
    Los Angeles
    How does the offset body feel when sitting? Does it help the balance, or is there a tendency for it to have neck dive?
  7. Si-bob


    Jun 30, 2001
    High Wycombe, UK
    Cranborne Audio
    I primarily like the 44/55 body shape because it’s not offset, as such the OS very much passed me by. But still a massive Lakkie fanboy haha.

  8. PeeeBass


    Sep 23, 2022
    I've owned SEVERAL 55-01's. Can't wrap my head around the OS
  9. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Central Valley
    I thought is was pretty cool...but no blocks so i don't own one...(I kinda have a thing for blocks & inlay)
  10. Z-Bass


    Apr 22, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I personally don't mind the OS body shape. Having owned a 55-01 a while back I recall that the body shape (55-xx shape) seemed huge to me and was a bit uncomfortable at times. Then again my other bass was a Warwick so it was probably a matter of drastic change in body shape/size going back and forth between those basses. Maybe the OS would be a nice in between. Certainly sounds good in the video; perhaps there is something to the Bartolini preamp matched with those pickups.

    I've seen a couple of 55-OS basses in a local store and both times the weight was somewhere in the 11-12 lbs range. Too heavy for me to consider. Unfortunately I didn't have time to plug it in to see what it sounded like.
  11. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    There are several, both purple and black, on Reverb right now.