What are the downsides of a 55-02?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bard2dbone, Jul 4, 2003.

  1. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    I was at a store the other day and the guy behind the counter said they didn't want to carry Lakland Skylines because they had seen several repairs come in for 'mechanicals' like broken truss rods. They said I was clearly nuts for wanting a 55-02.

    Has anybody here had problems with a Skyline breaking down? Wood problems with the neck? Trussrod problems?
  2. DB5


    Jul 3, 2001
    Austin Texas
    I've owned two skylines and have not had any problems. Lakland has a very good reputation. I think that guy behind the counter is smoking crack.:mad:
  3. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    He was properly thrilled with the USA models. He just claimed the Skylines were crap. That was the first bad thing I had heard anyone say about a Skyline, and he was fairly vehement. It wasn't "I've seen a couple of those." It was more like "Every one I sell comes back with something f@#$%^d up"

    Not what I expected.

    I just want to make sure he isn't on to something I don't know about.
  4. DB6's take is about the same as mine.

    Believe me, I've owned too many basses over the decades to think what I have is the last word on shizzle.
    But the truss rod on my 55-02 gives me action that is BETTER than I can handle on the B string!!! I have had it set so low that it's like playing a fargin' Stratocaster with light gauge strings!!!

    I suspect that "the guy behind the counter" told you that line because Dan Lakin didn't want that store to represent his product line any longer.

    The biggest downsides of that instrument, to me, are;

    - those crappy rubbery knobs that come off too easily (on the bass; what happens with her blouse is your decision)
    - you may have to work your onboard & amp controls if you want big wide bottom instead of trebly punch
    - the control cavity screws aren't inserted into brass threads
  5. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    Sounds like a dealer who got turned down for a Lakland Dealership.
  6. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    There was store in Garland, (closed now) that refused to carry the skyline series because it made the high priced series look bad in comparison. I talked with Phil at Larry Morgan yesterday about the 55-02, and he seemed interested in looking at one, hadn't tried one, but didn't try to say anything bad about them.

    If you want to play a selection of skyline basses, In Texas you have to drive down to Bass emporium in Austin. It's worth the trip.

    EDIT: I shouldn't have used the word "bad" I should have said "not worth over twice the price"
  7. Dude

    Dude Guest Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    I've sold over 70 new Skylines and have not had a single warranty issue...PERIOD!
  8. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    The last time I talked to Dave at Club Bass here in Toronto, he said that Lakland had not had a single Skyline returned to them. So I suspect that the guy in question just thought "offshore manufacture = crap" or something of that sort.
  9. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.

    Considering the source and the volume of Skylines Dude handles, that testimonial is good enough for me. I'd bet Bass Central and Musician's Enemy report similar lack of warranty issues.

    As has been mentioned, I'd suspect that a dealer that talks smack about Lakland Skylines is simply a case of sour grapes.
  10. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    sounds like either they were taking away from the usa laklands (since he seemed to like them so much) or his dealership was turned down for them...and yes korea bad!!!
    except that these are amazing..

  11. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    His profit margin on the Skylines probably isnt near what he makes on the US models.
  12. Dude

    Dude Guest Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    I guess that could be the case but I know that I sell the Skylines at the exact same percentage of profit as I do the USA Laklands. Dealer cost on both is the same percentage of "Retail" so I'd say it's more a case of the guy trying to upsell you. So his "profit" is of course greater on a USA Lakland but his "profit margin" should be the exact same percentage for either.


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    i get this crap all the time at the only (and crappy at that =[ ) music store around here. it seems good help in retail sales is next to impossible to find :(
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I had the same experience with a Lakland dealer in NYC. The guy that worked the bass dept said they wouldn't be carrying the SkyLines because they do so well with the USA models & the USA's are better & the USA etc, etc.

    I go in a couple of months later.....

    .....full line of SkyLines.

    I'm guessing the guy wants to get rid of the USA cause it takes up alot of his cashflow.
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    The downside of the 55-02 is that it's too damn nice for it's price point. It also compares too well against the US models. All IMO, of course.
  16. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Seems like a pretty clear consensus here - I talked to the people at the London Bass Centre and they said it was just a case of getting enough Skylines to fulfil demand - so they mentioned how another shop was having trouble getting enough. I just bought the first one I got to try and the price is "embarassing" over here. So - the Skylines are way cheaper than any competiton and whereas I would have to think long and hard about paying the high cost for US-made basses - it was no problem with the Skyline - just such a high-quality bass for the price! :)

    Of course this all makes it very bad news for any store that can't get any 55-02s to sell!! ;)