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Lakland 5594 - "early small pickups"?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RickC, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. RickC

    RickC Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2005
  2. If I remember correctly, the very earliest 55-94's had 4 string width pickups. Man, it was a long time ago, but I don't remember that being a particularly good thing, and they eventually went to the full width Barts for the 5 strings. You can see that the G and B string sit right on the edge of the pickups.

    Sorry I don't remember the exact details, but that is basically the gist of it. I would avoid IMO.
  3. SebbyNC


    Mar 17, 2005
    Well I don't know for the J neck pickup, but indeed the MM bridge pickup is smaller than on my 55-94. Smaller such as I wonder if it's not a bit two small for picking up the B and G strings correctly? Maybe not.
  4. zachbass02

    zachbass02 One Hairy....squatch.

    Jan 3, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    No prob picking up the B & G. they sound great. played one like that many years ago at Brians shop and it slammed. Would be worth asking Brian if that is one of the ultra-rare 34" scale -94s. The one that I played back in '05 at his shop was a white 34" with the small pickups.
  5. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    If you like the bass......getting rid of the "small" pups isnt a big deal. Just send the bass to reputable shop for a route job and have them install the pups of your choice. IMO, that is a small price to pay if you found a bass that is a keeper.
  6. RickC

    RickC Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    Cool. Nice piece of Lakland history that I wasn't aware of.

    Didn't know they made any 34" 5's either. You're right, it *would* be worth asking

  7. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    They made a "few" but found that the B was a little "flat" so they went exclusively 35" later....I do not think Dan would make a 34" - he does not think it does the B justice...

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