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Lakland, and Sadowsky

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by woody357, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. woody357


    Jun 17, 2005
    Are Lakland, and Sadowsky considered hi end basses? When I say hi end I mean like a Ken Smith, or Fodera.
  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
  3. leroy diamond

    leroy diamond

    Aug 21, 2005
    Indeed. I have had both and prefer Sadowsky
  4. BobaFret

    BobaFret Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2008
    I have 3 Skyline models that I love but wouldn't put them in the "high end" category.
  5. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    If high end means High quality then Yes. Both brands in any of their models (overseas and US made) are high quality products, with Lakland offering cheaper options.
  6. woody357


    Jun 17, 2005
    I'm looking at making my last bass a hi end bass. I've been looking at Ken Smiths, and Fodrea, but I was also looking at the laklands, and Sadowsky. Right now I'm using a Ibanez SR 1206E, and MusicMan Bongo.
  7. MattyH


    Jul 20, 2010
    Long Island
    American Lakland. The end.
  8. darrenmt


    Dec 15, 2004

  9. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    Both make great products. From a distance, they both seem to be making basses from a similar recipe. I've played the American P bass variants from both and found them to have surprisingly different personalities.

    I don't own either yet, but I really like the Lakland 44-51 M. Are they high end? They are to me. I admire the craftsmanship of Foderas, Alembics and the like, but I have zero interest in owning one. They are a different style of instrument aimed at someone other than me.

    For the record, I own American Fenders and an EBMM Stingray. If I were going to go to something more expensive, it would likely be a Lakland or a Fender Custom shop product.
  10. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    You might also consider Nordstrand – another very high quality builder.
  11. woody357


    Jun 17, 2005
    @Matt, it's funny you should say that. My Ibanez has nordstrand pickups, big singles. I was thinking about changing the pre to a angular until I decided on a new bass
  12. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2000
    Minneapolis by way of Chicago
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    I think there's a certain beauty in the Sadowsky preamp that I have yet to hear in the Lakland models I've played.

  13. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I just acquired Chef's VJ5. My buddy with a collection of Sadowsky, Lakland, and Fender Custom shop stuff is aching to see it!

    I've only had it for a day, but I find the neck to be extremely comfy. I have practice tonight, so we'll see what she does with the PA.
  14. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sarcasm: Just ONE of the many services I offer! Gold Supporting Member

    I would say they are high-end, but NOT BOOHOOTIQUE!

    Dan K.
  15. leroy diamond

    leroy diamond

    Aug 21, 2005
    Wheres the line here?. Both U.S. made Sadowsky and lakland basses are IME top of the line, high end, instruments. Beautiful finishes on these instruments. I have tried a good number of top end basses and for me Lakland and Sadosky are right up there.
  16. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Sadowsky NYC are also made to order.
  17. I'd consider that MM bongo to be high end as well.
  18. tkonbass

    tkonbass I'm just one of the out-of-focus guys. Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    Mobile, Alabama, USA
    IMO to some degree "high-end" and "boutique" begin to distance themselves from each other when the price becomes disconnected from the reality of what you're actually buying.
  19. I have been a Lakland and Sadowsky user for 16 years. To me they are both very good instruments, with a similar origin, but very different sonic personalities. USA Laklands -mainly those with Bartolini electronics- are superb in their strong mid voicing, with for me at least, the best J like sound in the market. Sadowskys are very reliable, have insuperable tone and are perfectly made. Their fat but flexible sounds are an industry standard now, I believe. I think both the Lakland 5594 and the Sadowsky Will Lee V are modern classics already.
  20. leroy diamond

    leroy diamond

    Aug 21, 2005