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Tough Decision *Picks inside :)*

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by karrot-x, Mar 19, 2005.

  1. karrot-x

    karrot-x Banned

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    I can't decide between a Lakland 55-02, Warwick FNA Jazzman 5, and Pedulla Rapture 5.

    Warwick FNA Jazzman 5:

    Pedulla Rapture J5:

    Lakland 55-02; or 55-94 depending on used price:

    Alright so I've given you enough bass porn, let me explain my tone. I play in proggresive, metal-rock bands. I enjoy slapping, tapping, and mainly a finger player. I'm currently running a 4 string Ray through a Mesa M-Pulse 600 and Ampeg SVT-410HE + 115E.

    I like a rounder tone, but needs to be mid aggresive like the ray, and I love the range of the Warwick. The bass needs to be very present and almost hitting your chest. One of the downsides to the Ray is the trebble effect you hear when playing to hard on the maple neck, I'm not sure if it's just me or if it's because of the contruction; I never had this problem before with my previous Corvette or Ibanez SR886.

    I've never played the Lakland and I'm highly intrigued by the design + reviews I've heard. The closest dealer is about 3 hours away which I might make a trip to next thursday.

    Based on the little information I've given you, guess which one I'll like the most :0.

    EDIT: Do any of you Lakland guys know if you can get the 94's translucent blue, or teal burst on the 02?
  2. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    Well, The rapture is great. It has a thin neck that is wicked easy to play. IT's 34 scale, and there's one used on basscentral for 1500. The laklands are great, but they're 35" scale, so it might feel different to you. The warwick jazzman's i've played had a very thin tone.. I really didn't like them. I would say go with the Pedulla.
  3. karrot-x

    karrot-x Banned

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    The 34-35" scale difference is not a big deal for me. I haven't had a chance to play the Lakland yet because the closest dealer is 3 hours from me, I'm gonna try and call the used shops around here to see if they have any in. I used to be leaning towards the Warwick but now after reading on the Lakland and seeing the 55-94 trans blue.....man I have to much GAS :(
  4. nismaniac


    Feb 21, 2005
    OKC, OK
    Well I have an 55-02 and an SR5. They are both great basses but the biggest difference is the 55-02 is not as "in your face" as the SR5. I'm not saying its dull either, it has a lot more thickness and booty but can still get an edgy sound. I will tell you that the 35in scale on the 55-02 gives it the best B string I have ever had the privilage of playing, especially in its price range. I love both basses and use them for different situations. I can't say enough about the build quality of the Laklands. But take it for a test drive and see how it feels and sounds to you.

    And you can only get the USA 55-94 in trans blue.
  5. I second the Rapture
  6. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    Regardless of which bass you end up with, I think it's important to play as many as possible. Sure, a three-hour drive is a pain in the arse, but at least you'll know for sure if the Lakland is for you or not. If it's not for you, then you can cross it off your list, and it will reduce your GAS (for a little while :D ).

    All three basses are probably great choices. I love Laklands and Pedullas, but haven't played a Warwick. Try to play them through a similar type rig, so you get a more accurate picture of tone differences, and have fun shopping!!! :D
  7. ironfist


    Feb 5, 2000
    That's a tough choice, as all three are great basses but very different from one another.

    I'd go with the Rapture. It plays the best (in my experience).
  8. Nadav


    Nov 13, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    I'm also going to vote for the pedulla. I just played a rapture today - loved the tone.
  9. I would also recommend the rapture, getting one myself in 4 weeks. They are simply stunning :D Going to be my first "proper" bass.
  10. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Yeah, im a Rapture owner for life. Ill own other basses, but my Rap will always be my fretted 4.
  11. KB

    KB Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I'd vote the Lakland, but I'd change the pickups out to Duncan Basslines as they are more aggressive than the standard Lakland Barts (which to me seemed kind of "polite"...good sounding, but maybe not the right thing for) metal rock. Lakland can make the change for you.
  12. Funky Doctor

    Funky Doctor

    Aug 28, 2003
    I think that they are all good basses, but I have to say that the rapture is the sexiest and will get you the most chicks. Seriously though, I really like the aesthetics of the rapture. Floors me every time I look at one.
  13. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    The Rapture makes me want to dance sexy for my woman. Unfortunately, this is something that my woman finds humorous and not at all sexy. ;)

    (To be fair, if I were her I'd feel the same way at me. I feel the same way at me right now.)
  14. karrot-x

    karrot-x Banned

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    Heh, I already have a girl that is perfect for me :). Now...if I can only find the right bass.....

    Thanks for all the replies guys, if anyone could give me a soundclip of a Lakland 55-02 through a ampeg or mesa rig I'd be more then ecstactic.

    EDIT: Wow did I just get a load more gas for the 55-94's....damn them!


    and then...
  15. ashevans


    Dec 22, 2004
    Oxford, UK
    Pedulla :)
  16. primus_55


    Dec 28, 2004
    God thats beautiful.

    Id say go the lakland.
  17. karrot-x

    karrot-x Banned

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    That's what I'm thinking soley based on looks, on sound the Warwick does it for. I haven't had the chance to play the Lakland yet. The other problem is those two basses are Lakland 55-94's, which are the USA serious which are $$$$. Could anyone here give me a 'real' retail price one of those two, basscentral.com is saying $3900 but I'm guessing that's MSRP.
  18. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    Ballpark street price for the 55-94 is about $2400-$2700 depending on which model (Standard, Classic, Deluxe) you get.
  19. nismaniac


    Feb 21, 2005
    OKC, OK
    contact Steve "Dude" Barr over at www.thedudepit.com
    he is a Lakland dealer and has the best prices and service.
  20. karrot-x

    karrot-x Banned

    Feb 21, 2004
    Omicron Persei 8
    Thanks for the site! Wow this will totally explode my GAS :)!!!!