My intent is not to bash Lakland at all with this thread. I'm trying to learn as I know they have a great following here on TB and I have respect for the people here who play them. I have purchased two Lakland basses in the past few weeks and don't really understand the passionate following for these vs a number of other brands, including Fender. I was a bit disappointed in both of them...and returned both. A new 55-02 Special Edition and a used 44-64 Custom, both Skylines. I am looking to add both P Bass and Jazz Bass styles to my collection. I was thinking either Lakland or Sadowsky. Went for the 55-02 vs the DJ-5 because of hearing about the versatility of tone on the 55-02. (For reference...Had a Fender CS 64 Jazz Relic that I sold last year. That was a really great bass. Wish I hadn't sold it.) The Laklands I tried just didn't inspire me. Didn't really like the necks on either...a bit with the shape and too heavy of a finish on the neck. I like a lighter finish or oil finish on the neck. The tone was okay. Was thinking about trying the 55-60 or DJ-5 but I'm just not feeling it. What am I missing? Based on all of the reading I've done, I thought the Skylines would be fine for me, but I'm now thinking I should be looking at the U.S. models or back to Fender. I played a Fender AVRI Jazz this week that was horrible, more with the setup and the neck shape. Not sure what to think there...again I've heard great things about those but not that one. Played a '66 and '71 P Bass this week that were amazing. The '71 was reasonably priced. What am I missing on the Laklands?