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SOLD Lakland DJ5 - Black Sparkle - Soapbar/MM - DJ Retro

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by overbybr, Apr 2, 2014.

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  1. overbybr

    overbybr Supporting Member Supporting Member

    South Carolina
    Trade Pending

    $900 shipped, CONUS - This includes a gig bag and the VVT control plate
    $1,100 shipped, CONUS - This includes the DJ Retro and the G&G Hardshell Case
    Paypal is ok, but I prefer a non-fee transaction like a cashier's check or money order.



    Aguilar DB359
    Ampeg V4B (Reissue)
    Ashdown CTM-100
    Fender Bassman Pro 100T
    Mesa Prodigy Four:88
    REDDI plus cash from you

    Other all-tube heads may apply. Anything else is a non-starter

    2005 Lakland DJ5
    Korean built
    Black sparkle finish
    Maple neck and board
    Blocked and bound neck
    Matching headstock
    CTS pots
    Bartolini pickups
    Standard (non-locking) strap buttons
    ~10 lbs
    19mm string spacing
    DJ Retro Preamp

    Originally owned by Brad Houser (Endorsing artist for Lakland, bassist for New Bohemians), he converted it to a soapbar/MM pickup configuration before stripping all of the hardware and electronics for a custom build of his. Also during his ownership, he had the back of the headstock signed by Kyle Brock (bassist for Eric Johnson).

    This is how I received the bass from Brad:



    I was able to source all of the hardware and electronics and, including upgrading it with Bartolini electronics and a John East DJ Retro preamp

    This bass was definitely a working instrument while Brad owned it and it has some minor scars to show. The most notable are two chips on the headstock paint and some goo on the upper horn near the strap button. The pickguard has a lot of swirling on it, and the body shows small dings or swirls in various places. A few pickup screws are missing, but I didn't even notice until I started putting the strings on. That being said, it's in really great condition for a professionally used instrument, and a black one at that: black is notoriously easy to see to swirls and scratches on.

    My impression:
    This bass plays just like my other Lakland DJ5, which is still the most comfortable 5-string neck profile I've ever held. The Bartolini electronics sound excellent, and they play nicely in a mix (I played a few songs with this bass at my last show). The DJ Retro preamp really opens this bass up, makes it sound bigger.

    The bass will ship in a G&G hardshell case, and will be well padded during shipment. My basses have always arrived safe and sound, as my feedback reflects.

    Glamour Shots - These were taken before installing the DJ Retro






    Last edited: May 25, 2014
  2. lpcarter

    lpcarter Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    Way cool!!! One of a kind, worth every penny.
  3. moore.jcm

    moore.jcm Robot Pots Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2009
    Long Island
    This bass looks REALLY cool!

    Free bump. GLWTS!
  4. J.Wolf

    J.Wolf Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    Nice!! This won't last long
  5. timologist


    Apr 15, 2012
    Sent you a message through your band Facebook
  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Bump for a great guy and a super bass that I had the pleasure to play this weekend! Love the MM pickup at the bridge!
  7. Hey man, what's going on with that upper strap button?
  8. overbybr

    overbybr Supporting Member Supporting Member

    I'm not sure; it looked like that when I received it. Either it's Brad Houser's "mojo" or a little bit of wood glue residue from an aggressive strap button install/removal. I tried rubbing it off and it did start to come off, so my guess is it's just some gunk. If you buy the bass I'll give everything a good wipe-down. :)
  9. I'm just curious cuz on stage we get pretty active and I'd hate to have a button rip out (again:rollno:).
  10. overbybr

    overbybr Supporting Member Supporting Member

    I took a look at it again and I'm pretty confident it's just some goop. It doesn't make sense that it's wood glue. I was able to rub some of it off with a little elbow grease.
  11. overbybr

    overbybr Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Bump, price drop and options
  12. overbybr

    overbybr Supporting Member Supporting Member


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