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Strange Lakland

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mchildree, Aug 27, 2001.


  1. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    I just bought another Lakland 55-63, and it's got a strange feature I've not seen on another instrument: It's got the standard Bartolini preamp with Basslines J's, but it's also got a passive tone pot before the preamp. You can roll off highs without messing with active settings. It sounds redundant, but it actually gives you some interesting tonal variation that either passive or active alone won't. Take a look: [​IMG]

    Anybody ever seen anything like that before? Supposedly, it's a one-off experiment from Lakland. Wierd idea, huh? The thing sounds fabulous!
     
  2. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Pretty cool! Are those light blue spots quirks from the photo, or are they spots on the finish?

    Apart from the Joe Osborn, I have never been able to get too comfy with a Lakland. Not my cup of tea. But, they are spectacular instruments, and very purdy, too.

    Congrats.
     
  3. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    That's very similar to the J-Retro/U-Retro setup with optional passive tone control. I have one on a MIA JD5 and it is pretty handy.

    I really like my 55-94;)
     
  4. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    I wanted everyone to see what the treetops look like in my yard, so I made sure to get the reflection in the photo. Actually, it's my bad photograpy....

    This is Lakland #6 for me. (No, I didn't keep the others). I think I've found "the one".....

    I hear those snickers!
     
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    *snicker*

    Hey, at least I had my hand over my mouth:D
     
  6. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    Whoa! That's a sweetheart! I like very much! Congrats!
     
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Some Sadowsky basses have that feature. BTW, YOUR BASS LOOKS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! Nice quilt & great fingerboard!!!!
    <a href="http://www.theoremnyc.cjb.net"><img width=385 height=70 src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=41535909&Sequence=0&res=high"></a>
     
  8. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Banned

    Jun 10, 2001
    F Bass has that feature and it's great.
     
  9. Freakapotamus9

    Freakapotamus9

    Jun 20, 2001
    Nebraska
    my jaw dropped when you said 'another lakland'. ok so you didnt keep the others but still ..... :rolleyes:
    two words ...... BEAUTIFUL BASS!! awesome .... simply awesome..... i wish i had that much $$$ :)

    HAS THIS MAN FOUND THE CURE TO G.A.S?? :eek:

    *man in back stands up* 'I think not my slow dim-witted friend!!!!'

    :rolleyes: somebodys bored ....
     
  10. 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
    mchildree ~

    Hmmmm ... which knob is the passive tone pot? The arrangement is the same as both of my 55-94's. They also come with a passive volume, in case your battery bites the dust. You just pull out the volume knob.
     
  11. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    The passive tone pot is the chrome knob where the coil selector switch for the MM pickup would be on a 55-94. Evidently, they couldn't find a black knob that matched the others...the shaft is a different size.

    Yeah, I'm well familiar with the active/passive bypass on these things. Every 55-94 with Barts that I had sounded better in passive mode...
     
  12. MrGump

    MrGump

    Apr 20, 2000
    Im now very confused.I have a Lakland 55/63.It is serial#WWX.For Willie Weeks prototype.I heard they were going to make a signature model for him and the deal fell through.My bass is Completely passive.I thought ALL 55/63's were completely passive.What gives?
     
  13. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Wow - your bass is gorgeous! Your fingerboard looks beautiful! Is the fingerboard maple? Quilted? Birdeye? What is it?
     
  14. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    My D55-63 isn't passive.
     
  15. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    If I'm not mistaken, we're talking about 2 different models here. The Standard and Deluxe 55-63 is the active bass with either Bart or Basslines J's. Then you have the 55-63 Dual J (I previously owned one of these, and I believe it's what Jerry J owns), which is an all-passive bass and only available as a Standard. They made a few with Basslines J's but now they're using Lindy Fralins.

    Yeah, BG, my fretboard is birdseye maple.
     
  16. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    Bass Palace has one of these in new and on their website right now. Duncan Basslines with what they call a rotary tone balance(?). Kinda odd because they say it's not a prototype but that it's the only one of it's kind.

    I just love that Sapphire blue with the birdseye.
     
  17. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    They'll have to take that photo off the website soon...that's the bass I bought. :D
     
  18. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
  19. Mike,

    I'd be willing to bet that when Brad (at Lakland) drilled the holes for the controls, he mistakenly thought it was a 55-94, and drilled the hole for the coil tap switch. After you do so many of them, sometimes it happens.

    After he said D'oh!, Dan (or Carl) probably came up with the idea of the passive tone pot (not being able to figure out what else to do with the hole, but wanting to salvage the body).


    I'm not saying for sure that this is in fact the case, but it has happened before when I was doing that same job at Lakland. I trained Brad, so God knows what bad habits he picked up from me. (No, not me - I would never screw up!)

    You own a rare Lakland!!!!!
     
  20. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    Oh and by the way mine has the Barts.