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Lakland Fans

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by grooveguru, Oct 2, 2001.


  1. grooveguru

    grooveguru

    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Let's hear from all you Lakland owners out in TB land. I just ordered my 1st Lakland from Bass Central. Great bunch of guys who will do what it takes to make you happy with your purchase. I ordered a Standard 55-94 in natural with a maple neck. It should be coming next week. This is my 1st experience with Lakland and the world of 5 strings. I think I'll be happy with it tonewise as I'm an old Fender/MusicMan player but I'm a little apprehensive about the 5th string. Any advise on switching to 5's or just Laklands in general.
     
  2. rich fool...........
     
  3. just kidding, I've heard laklands are awesome, and they look AWESOME, congrats
     
  4. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    all i usually use is jazz basses and music mans and i thought the lakland would be perf. i ended up selling it. it sounded nothing like a musicman. the bart mm pickup they use is i think, two of their 9j's crammed in a mm shell. thus, why it sounds nothing like a musicman. it kind of sounds like a jazz bass, but not enough for me to have kept it. on the plus side, they play beautifully. i almost kept it based on how comfortable it is. eventually, id like to get another 5594 with duncans and a demeter preamp.
     
  5. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    asia/australia
    I own a Lakland, no doubt it is well made, theworkmanship and playability is excellent but not the tone. I keep on tweaking those knob but I could not find the tone I like, I bought this bass without trying , just by e-mail.
    You cannot consider them as Jazzbass or a Musicman. My 78 MM sound better. If I compare to my Sadowsky , the Sadowsky has a much better tone character, punch and clarity you can't compare. Sad to say I never use it anymore :mad:
     
  6. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    i love Laklands- i had one for a while, whenn things got shaky financially, i sold it- only because my other bass is an MTD 535- but i just landed a beautiful tealburst 5 with a maple board from Dan Lakin.
    maybe it doesnt sound exactly like an MM or J bass, but it comes damn close to both and guess what? it is infinetly more versatile than an MM- and not noisy like an J bass- the MM is a cool sound, but to me , theyre a one trick pony-
    The Laklands are super solid, very versatile all around a great working bass- and they record like heaven- you are going to love it!!! enjoy!!!
     
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    You have died, and soon you will be in heaven. These basses play themselves. Don't listen to basuki ... he's playing through a Peavey Micro-Bass or something. The Lakland is a tone monster. And good-looking, too.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Laklands are nice, but if I were to order one, I would get one with the Duncan pickups instead of the Barts. The Duncan MM is much closer tonally to a Stingray IMHO.
     
  9. FalsehoodBass

    FalsehoodBass

    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    holywow... look at that maple fretboard... i want i want.
     
  10. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    asia/australia
    Ha..haa you must be joking, aPeavey Microbass? never heard of them, ha.. ha..:D :D
    I tried with , SM400/Goliath 3, Eden WT 400/Acme Low B, Ampeg Svt2, Baby blue, Warwick CCl 210,... etc. [my collection is like small shop eh..eh]

    I never say Lakland is bad, I like all the finish, service , workmanship , but it is just perhaps I like the sound of the other better,once I play live people say that the sound is good. If any of you interested to buy it , please do let me know, it is 4 strings , new condition 99,999pct.
     
  11. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Well, if it's just sitting around gathering dust, I'll give you $150 for it. Even though it IS just a four-string.

    Your problem is that you need to run Eden speakers with the Eden amp. Then you'll never go back to sheep, that's for sure.
     
  12. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    asia/australia
    Hi Munji,
    Do you think it is worth that much only? So I believe the quality must be very bad:(
    then I 'll give to someone f.o.c. tomorrow.

    I have tested tthe WT 400 with Eden Cab , but finally I chose Acme because it is a finer Cab. ;)
    Sorry, but is a matter of taste.
     
  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    j.s., the quality is very, very bad. I'll give you $155 for it (hey, it's a four string).

    I've played pretty much all of the super Jazzes... and bought a Lakland. I've playee a bunch of the super Jazzes since... and am damned glad I bought the Lakland.

    Live, it's sweet... cuts through with authority. A dream to play, fit and finish and service second to none, including what's his name (j/k Roger;)).

    Here's mine:
    Lakland 55-94 Limited
     
  14. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    asia/australia
    Brad,

    That,s beautiful !
     
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Seriously, I have $155


    ;)

    Thanks
     
  16. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    asia/australia
    How do u like to pay? I do not accept credit card.
    Would you care for the shipping cost? Just a short distance away from where you live, I live in Down Under.;)
     
  17. I bought a Deluxe 55-94 with rosewood fretboard about a year and a half ago--liked it so much, I bought a fretless version to go with it.:p
     
  18. I haven't had good luck demo'ing Laklands. There are two similar to Brad's at a store here in Dallas and both were set up poorly and the controls were set very high off the body top - which I thought was a little strange. The GC has one and the strings are dead! They certainly have a great reputation, I just want to play one at a dealer that keeps them setup correctly!

    Jeff
     
  19. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    I'm on Lakland #5 now. All 5 have been great, but through trial and error, I've found that I like the 55-63 better. I've also found that I like the Basslines better than the Barts because I like the edgier tone. The one I have now is kind of a mongrel of all the features I wanted.

    [​IMG]

    I think you'll be happy with your purchase. Don't make the same mistake others who've posted here have made, evidently. It's a Lakland, not a Fender, not a Musicman. Don't expect it to sound like one of those others. If it's mass-produced tone you want, buy a mass-produced bass.
     
  20. Wow! Nice fretboard!

    Is that birdseye?