I had a chance to visit Lakland in Chicago while on tour, where I met Dan Lakin and got a chance to purchase 2 44-02's. All I have to say is that I was a committed Stingray fan for years until I played these basses. I have now used them every night on tour with my Aggie DB750 and I have to say that out of my large collection of basses, these are by far the finest instruments I have ever played. I am in no way affiliated with Lakland, but I am truly floored by their gear. I strongly suggest if you ever have a chance to play one of these basses, don't hesitate to do so, you won't be sorry.