New Fender Special Jazz or Old/New Lakland Skyline Osborn ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by shoot-r, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    Just wondering what everyone thought would be the better choice.

    A "new" Fender Special Jazz, 4 string.
    3-tone sunburst, Rosewood board.
    Black pick-guard.
    Posiflex Graphite neck support rods.
    Greasebucket tone circuit...(I liked what it does.)
    Gig bag.
    Street price...$999.00
    This bass played great and sounded VERY good to my ears.


    A "Old/New" lakland Skyline Osborn 4 string.
    (First an explanation on the "Old/New" thing.
    This bass was hung on the wall, brand new, at a local music store in 2003.
    It never sold and they still have it on the wall 9 years later.
    I'm pretty much the only one that's showed interest in it...or even knew what it is.)

    Candy Apple Red finish, Rosewood board.
    White/Mint tint pick-guard.
    Passive electronics.
    Lindy Fralin j-style pick-ups.
    Gig bag.
    MSRP...$1350.00 (2003 price)
    My price $749.00
    This bass still plays great even with the dead, original strings that are on it. Pick-ups seemed low output.
  2. IMO I would be all over that JO. The early 2002-2004 Skyline are really as close to US Laklands as Skylines have ever been and the CAR Skyline JO is not common at all. $750 is a steal for that bass. If you pass it up let me know because I would be interested.
  3. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    I'm a hard core Fender Jazz guy lookin' for more input from the hard core Lakland Jazz players to chime in on this.....:help: :D
  4. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    Still hopin' more Lakland owners will chime in...
  5. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    WOW! A CAR JO? those are pretty rare these days....

    and fro $749?

    that is a it and don't look back....

    I have played several Fenders and like the Lakland feel and quality much said the Fralins seem to have low output? that seems odd to me...maybe email [email protected] or [email protected] to get their opinion on why this could be...I have never had an issue with Fralins being "too quiet"....

    I really think you will love it! if not, you can easily sell it for what you paid!

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