Tribute L2500 vs. Skyline 55-01........PLEASE HELP!!!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by panic_striken, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. panic_striken


    Oct 13, 2005
    I am looking to extend my range and make the jump from 4 to 5 stringer. I have played for almost 10 years, yes and I am just now doing this :p, so the swap doesn't bother me. I just have one small problem. There is not one decent music store within 100 miles of me. So, thank God for the talkbass board!!!! I have narrowed it down to two instruments G&L's Tribute L2500 and Lakland's Skyline 55-01. I know both are fine this is not a what beats what thread. I just need to know the pros and cons, how the two sounds differ, and what might fit our music better. First, we play modern rock like Shinedown, Perfect Circle, etc. Second, I have small hands for a bass player, but I am quick so I can compensate. Last, I AM NOT a "sit and forget" player. I would like to get wide variety of sounds. Not just the same sound muted, muddy, trebled up, or other wise. THANKS YA'LL:)
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    At different times, I have owned both so I think I can give you some good advice. If you most value sonic versatility, the Tribute is by far a superior bass. If you most value wide string spacing and a comfortable neck, the 55-01 is a much better bass. Both basses have good B strings, but the 55-01 is superior to that of the Tribute L-2500. The 55-01 has a good set up electronically, but the variety of options with the Tribute system way outshine what the 55-01 can do. I have not played the 55-01 with the NTMB preamp, I understand they have better electronics, but they are also much more expensive too.
  3. panic_striken


    Oct 13, 2005
    I have read a few things about the Tribute that worry me like the "scratchy" pots that seem to be a constant problem, and people saying that all you get is the Musicman/Fender tone out of them. How strong or deep is the Tribute B??? Now on the other hand the 55-01 I hear really has no true "passive" mode. That when in passive all tone controls DO NOT work, and that if your battery dies you have no sound at all. What kind of sound does the 55-01 have??? Give me a bass player's name to associate the sound with please:)
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The 55-01 has a passive sound, but with no tone shaping and the volume is much weaker. The L-2500 does not really sound like a Stingray. With the neck pup soloed, it is amazingly close to a P-bass. The sound with both pickups engaged is distinctive, but it is somewhat akin to a Stingray, but nowhere near a Stingray duplicate. I think that the 55-01 and the L-2500 both have a distinctive, modern sort of slap tone.
    I think the L-2500 has a fine and clear B string, but the 55-01 B is tighter and has zero floppiness.
  5. panic_striken


    Oct 13, 2005
    Well, I have read almost all of the post comparing the two, and it's looking like the Tribute is coming out on top. It seems like unless you have the money for the 55-02 Laklands should be left alone. I'm hoping a few more folks besides you and me will chime in before the nights out :bag:
  6. K-Frog


    Feb 6, 2002
    Camden, AR, USA
    I believe what Dr. Cheese is saying is spot on, based on every thing I have read, heard and observed. I doubt you'll get wildly differing opinions from what the fine Dr. has said.

    I would almost base my decision from this point soley on string spacing, since they both have a good range of tones.

    The spacing in only wide at the bridge. Nut width is 1 3/4" IIRC.
    So even then spacing may not be an issue.
  7. panic_striken


    Oct 13, 2005
  8. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    I had a 55-01. It sounded great, but I ended up selling it because I don't have gorilla paws. The 35" scale just didn't work for me. I *really* miss it but it just wasn't as comfortable as my SR5 is.
  9. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I've owned a 55-01 and I now own a Tribute L2000. It really depends on what you want it for. The 55-01 is a really versatile "Jazzesque" active bass, but the passive option is useless. It has a very smooth sound, but I couldn't get any kind of growl out of it.

    My L2000 is amazing! I'm done looking and have found my tone machine! It's truly a passive instrument with a very useful active option. In passive mode the pups are mighty hot and great sounding! You have control over bass and treble cut rather than just a tone control like other passive basses. You have a series and parallel option, which is like having two basses in one.

    The active option is excellent too!
  10. Gecko 5

    Gecko 5 Inactive Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 11, 2005
    South Milwaukee , Wisconsin
    Gecko Leatherworks
    I also owned a 55-01 . Problem was I play in a variety band and found the tone a bit too aggresive for me , and my needs .
    I absolutely loved the string spacing !! Very comfortable .
    Great slap tone . Very stable neck . Great components .
    More a Jazz tone then a P tone ( I sold it to get a P ) .
    I tried a Tribute at a local store and was not impressed .
    I have been thinking about buying back the 55-01 and looking into the up-grade pre-amp .
    My opinion , is the 55-01 is a very good value .
    Any dealers near you ? I had to get mine from Bass Central .
    Good luck !
  11. I havent played a Skyline

    but I own a Tribute L2k. I absolutely love it. Great action, great feeling neck (if you can get used to a Pbass neck) and lots of killer tones.

    I like it so much I'm planning on buying an L2500 one day
  12. They're both awesome basses.
  13. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    I've owned a 55-01 and a USA L2500.
    The 55-01 has wider string spacing and imo scooped tone. Both good for slapping. The L2500 has narrower string spacing. Chunkier neck. usable but not quite as tight B as the 55-01. Does all the fender tones but better IMO.
    I got rid of both basses. :crying:
    The one I miss is the L2500.
    I will get another someday.:bassist:
  14. FenderHotRod


    Sep 1, 2004
    I don't have the biggest hands either, but I do like bigger necks tho. I did try out a Lakland 55-01, but the neck was to big for my taste. I found that the G&L Tribute L-2500 is just right for me. It's also a lot cheaper then the Lakland. I really like the string spacing on the tribute others don't. G&L has also changed the headstock logo on the tributes which look better then the old logos.(mine has the old logo)Dosn't really matter, but it does add a nice touch to the bass.

    I'm also not a very big guy and the G&L fits my body better.

    good luck in your search...:bassist:
  15. Blueszilla

    Blueszilla Bassist ordinaire

    Apr 2, 2003
    The Duke City
    I haven't played an L2500 (I have an SB-1) but the 55-01 is quite versatile. It can be smooth and round or it can cut very well with just a few quick adjustments. String spacing is not an issue; I have an RB5 also, now there's some wide spacing! I think it's a great sounding bass, especially for the price. FWIW, I've heard mostly good things about the Tributes. I myself like the 35" scale, very distinct notes, great B! Tough choice, sorry I'm not much help. Seems like you would do well with either.