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Roscoe LG 3005 or US Lakland 55-94

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by markob, Jul 8, 2016.


  1. markob

    markob

    Mar 2, 2010
    North Cali
    Looking at these and would like opinions of just these if you don't mind. Different animals no doubt. LG 3005 w/ roseboard (2008). The Laky has a maple board (1999). Have a US Lakland 4451m which I'm very happy with so I'm brand loyal to an extent. Looking for a modern-ish 5 that leans toward a Jazz rather than a P tone. Have the P tones covered and then some. Don't do metal or heavy. Just about everything else. Thanks for any comments.
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2016
  2. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    I have had both, and I loved both.... those years were great for both as well. The two best B strings in the industry hands down. Aesthetically the Roscoe runs away with it. But in a real live gigging bass player world I would take the Lakland. That is the Golden Era of 5594's. Not that it should be a deciding factor... but when it comes to resale value, the Lakland is money in the bank. From my experience, it is very difficult to get your money back out of a Roscoe. I am a fickle guy and go through lots of basses, so that matters. The Roscoe is gonna be more modern and the Lakland while still modern is more versatile to a degree. Ironically they are both 35" bolt on necks with Bartolini pickups and pre's usually. Cant go wrong with either.... but from my experience I would grab up a 1999 5594 in a heartbeat.
     
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  3. mflatau

    mflatau

    Aug 19, 2008
    I have a 1999 55-94 and it's amazing. The birdseye maple fretboard is stunning. You can do a lot with these basses. They are very versatile in tone (probably why the bassist from String Cheese Incident uses one. They play everything from funk to rock to bluegrass to calypso). I've always gotten compliments from sound guys on my tone with it. Very articulate with a modern edge without being sterile.

    Unfortunately I don't have experience owning a Roscoe. I do agree that this is the golden age for the Lakland 55-94. Mine is on my "never sell" list.
     
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  4. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes the tree Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Palm Coast, FL
    I can't do a real comparison but HEARTILY recommend both basses. I have a USA 55-94D and a SKB-5 Custom fretless - both are amazing, just different kinds of amazing. I would say that my most used fretted 5 is a Ken Lawrence, followed by a 535 but that is just me and I really could be happy with gigging with any of my basses.

    Good luck resolving your dilemma!


    Dan
     
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  5. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    I own and play a 1997 Lakland 55-94 as my main gigging bass and it is awesome in every way, in my opinion. I don't own a Roscoe, but have played several and every one I've laid hands on has been a great instrument. Very well made and wonderful playing instruments!
     
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  6. markob

    markob

    Mar 2, 2010
    North Cali
    Thanks for the replies folks. Appreciated.
     
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  7. Yummy Notes

    Yummy Notes

    Dec 20, 2019
    Hello Markob, I hope I'm not reviving this thread beyond what is considered too late. I'm research between US Laklands and Roscoe LGs. If you don't mind sharing--what did you end up getting? Did you stay brand loyal with Lakland or did you try the Roscoe? Which ever one you got, what are your thoughts and impressions? Thanks.
     
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  8. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    I'm also interested.
     
  9. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Eastern North Dakota
    So hard. If I weren’t loving my Roscoe’s I’d go back to Lakland. That’s what I played before finding Roscoe.
     
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  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    If you want more of a Jazz than Precision tone, the Lakland is the logical choice. 55-94’s were designed to nail Jazz tones with great accuracy. They are versatile, but they do Jazz Bass better than anything else. Traditional soap bar loaded Roscoes seem to be a modern take on the Precision tone to my ears.
     
  11. markob

    markob

    Mar 2, 2010
    North Cali
    Wow My old thread reborn! Thanks for the replies. I ended up staying with Lakland and got a U.S. 55-60 Vintage J. Very happy with it. Between it and my U.S. 44-51m I really don't need anything else. "Want" is a different story.
     
  12. markob

    markob

    Mar 2, 2010
    North Cali
    Monophonic-I did try the Roscoe 3005. It was very nice in all aspects but as mentioned it had a P vibe. Be it a very modern and versatile P. Maybe too many tone shaping possibilities if that makes sense. I just imagined my self knob fiddling too much. That's why I went with a passive in a brand I really know and like. Maybe I'm not so modern after all.
    The 5560 nails the jazz tone I was after.The blended tones are sweet at any position though I prefer a slight lean to the bridge. Amazingly quiet for passive singles and a killer B as to be expected.
     
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  13. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    I'd go Lakland in this case. It is a much more versatile bass. Sure the Roscoe is no slouch, I get that. I've owned several Roscoes (all body styles) and a couple of Lakland's. Both are great basses and this is like saying do you prefer white gold or yellow gold. Since you say you want to lean more towards Jazz than P my choice would be Lakland.
     
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  14. markob

    markob

    Mar 2, 2010
    North Cali
    ..and I did. See above. Though passive I dig.
     
  15. Yummy Notes

    Yummy Notes

    Dec 20, 2019
    Thanks, after much research, I too purchased a Lakland- US 55-94.
     
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  16. markob

    markob

    Mar 2, 2010
    North Cali
    Great bass. So ergonomic as well.
     
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  17. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    lol. While 5 years later I would still agree with everything I said.... I’d go with the Roscoe today. In the past few years I’ve owned both again and the Roscoe LG was a great bass and is my current bass of desire. :)
     
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  18. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Eastern North Dakota
    I’ve said before, if I weren’t playing Roscoe’s, I’d have Lakland’s.
     
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  19. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Since I posted i was interested i bought a roscoe. Glad to hear its a modern P.

    Enjoy your lakland!
     
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  20. markob

    markob

    Mar 2, 2010
    North Cali
    Since I have you fine folks here, may I derail my old thread for an unrelated brand question? I have a chance to make a trade for a 2018 Warwick German Pro Series StarBass. Never owned a Warwick. Always wanted a semi but never actively pursued one. The person came to me with the offer. I've read up and it ticks some boxes. Im aware of the big frets and flat profile. Not a lightweight but neither is my 5560. If anyone has any experience with these I'd love to hear your take.
     
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