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Lakland Skyline 55-02 vs Fender American Jazz V

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jwitzend, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. jwitzend


    Sep 21, 2013
    Bismarck, ND
    Looking to add a 5 string and having a tough time deciding between these 2. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. mariusx1


    Nov 23, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Lakland all the way. No contest, in my opinion. I've got an upgraded 55-01 and love it. I've played several Fender Jazz V's in stores and have disliked every single one. They just seem too bulky whereas the Lakland neck is incredibly smooth and easy to play. Playability wise, I'd choose the Lakland all day. If you're after the Fender Jazz sound though, that may not be your answer.
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  3. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    +1 for any Lakland 5 string.

    They hit the ground running with those basses.
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  4. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    FYI, the Lakland is 35" scale, the Fender is 34". Also, a closer comparison would be a Fender Jazz Deluxe 5 because then you'd be comparing active to active. I've owned both. Both are great. But I digress.
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  5. RSmith

    RSmith Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2003
    Springfield, Missouri
    I have owned both in the last year and can say that the quality of both was the same. Fender has stepped up in a huge way lately and Lakland has a damn good reputation in this area. I prefer the Fender personally. Smaller neck, 34 scale, classic tone. Got mine from Sweetwater. It was flawless in every way, great set up, great player. The Lakland has a better B, but that 35 scale is a bear for me. The Lakland is a little less expensive too, but I feel my Fender was a great choice nonetheless.
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  6. I've owned 3 Lakland 55-02s and just purchased another one.

    I've also owned 3 Fender American Elite Jazz 5s and played a few of the passive US Fender Jazz 5s as well.

    While the Fender's have nice necks for the most part, to be honest, there's a reason I just picked up another Lakland over another Fender. The Lakland feels better to me overall.

    The 55-02 has great tone and playability, they're generally lighter in weight, they can take lower action that's more even across the neck (thanks to the pleking), and they can replicate jazz bass tones, P bass tones, and MM tones fairly closely if not exactly.

    They both have good things going for them, but - IMHO - as a total package you get way more for you money with a Lakland 55-02.

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