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Question for my fellow Lakland owners.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Woodchuck, Nov 12, 2001.

  1. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    When these Skyline models come out, is it going to bother you? You know, the way the Conklin and Curbow owners erupted. I totally understand why they did it. I, for one won't care, but will it upset you? One dealer has expressed his dislike for them, but he said that he'll still carry them. Ahhh, the almighty buck! ;)
  2. Starrchild


    Nov 10, 2000
    The Bay.
    it's ok with me warwicknut,no big deal.
    but i must admit i had to call dan up to find out what the heck is going on?i mean the 55-02 looks just like the 55-94(my bass)but it's like $1000.00
    bucks cheaper.dan laughed and said fret not(no pun
    intented)the 55-02 is made in korea it has different
    woods,hardware,and no graphite strip inlays in the
    neck.again i'm cool with it plus dan lakin is one of
    the coolest white cat's on the earth:D .my serial
    #is 5185 and she's a keeper.
  3. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Mine is #5348. Tobacco 'burst, white pickguard with a VERY bird's eye maple board. Almost looks polka dot with so many bird's eyes! Dan is a cool white cat!:D
  4. Steven Green

    Steven Green

    Jul 25, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I think some people are bothered because it's like the Lakland name won't mean as much as it used to. When people think Lakland, they think "very high quality, etc, etc." Now they might play a skyline series and go, "Hmm, I thought Laklands were amazing?"

    Others are bothered because they use Lakland as a status symbol and players who otherwise could not have them now can afford them.:rolleyes:

    Me, I think it's cool that Dan is offering basses like that at a price others can afford. If I was shorter on cash at the time I got mine, I would have checked into the skylines...
  5. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    Won't bother me. In fact, it doesn't change my bass (55-63 Custom) at all. Still a great bass. So is yours.

    Mike Tobias' hand-made MTDs didn't lose any value when the Kingstons and Beasts came out. Why worry about it? Dan has to make a living, and everyone can't afford a new Lakland at the current rates.

    Look at it this way....the fact that he's got a good income from the imports will allow him to keep the prices lower on the high-end basses. Maybe.
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    The difference is Mike's Korean and Czech basses don't look like his hand-built ones.

    Does it bother me?...honestly, no. I got my my Limited about a month old for less than $1500. The same thing happened with Tobias and Gibson but Gibson made the decision to go looks only on the cheaper ones. I can't begrudge either man, Dan or Mike, for doing what's in their best interest.

    Unfortunately I think this will be another Curbow or Conklin, where the overall cache of owning a hand built one will only be appreciated by an ever-dwindling few.

    Face it, there is a lot more money to be made in affordable basses than boutique ones... just run the numbers. The trick is, IMO, to have people clamor for your affordable stuff AND the good stuff. Mike Tobias figured out how to do it and I wish Dan had taken the same route... but he didn't.

    I'll live;)

    From what I've heard Rob Elrick won't be making affordable copies of his current basses... good move.
  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
    It'd bother me less if it said "Skyline" and "Made in Korea" on the headstock. I still don't think you're gonna see Skylines that look like this, though.
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Not right away but how long before an optional top is available?;)
  9. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    THAT'S what I'm afraid of!
  10. It bothers me a little, but you can't blame Lakland
    for wanting to expand their business to a bigger
    market. I'm just glad I bought one when I did. I
    think it'll really be worth something when you start
    seeing Skylines all over the place.

    Here's my 5'r!
  11. I do think if they're going to make an affordable line, they should do something that visually distinguishes it from their top of the line, even if the quality of material is different. They look too much alike. At least with the new affordable line of Stingrays the headstock emblem is different.
  12. It bothers me to a point as well. As long as they don't offer a premium top option EVER I'll be okay. I'm not going to lie, to me part of the appeal of Lakland basses is that not everyone has one for whatever reason. Don't get me wrong because my 4-94 is the bass for me. It simply sounds, looks and plays better than any bass I've ever owned. I just like that fact that there aren't too many around out my way. I understand that Dan is running a business and I'm sure that the Skylines will be great basses not cookie cutter basses made in the Samick factory.

    Here's mine. I'm sorry about the quality:
  13. VJP


    Jun 25, 2001
    can't wait for those Korean Sadowskys
  14. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Here's a better pic. I feel bad for not opting for the premium top.:( Mine looks "blah" compared to the rest of your's. But, I still love her!:p
    Korean Sadowskys indeed! :D There'd be rioting in the streets!:)
  15. vegaas


    Nov 6, 2001
    What type of price difference is there? I was not familar with Lakland. So if any of you could give me a range of prices, that would be greatly appreciated.
  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    That's a nice looking bass.
  17. Nice Lak Woodchuck! I actually prefer that tobacco burst on the standard not the deluxe.

  18. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Thanx guys. Hey Vegaas, go to www.lakland.com, they'll have all the pricing info for you. Keep in mind, that's not what it'll cost you in stores.
  19. ColForbs


    Jul 21, 2001
    i have never had the oppurtunity to play a Lakland, but I must say they are some of the prettiest looking basses out there...
  20. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    One of the nicest-looking Laklands I've seen wasn't a Deluxe with a mega-quilt top either....it was a translucent blonde 55-63 Dual J that I owned a while back. Real simple and real elegant....really regret selling it, too.

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