Which Lakland should I buy?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jazzbass1967, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. 55-60

    8 vote(s)
  2. 55-02

    21 vote(s)
  3. 55-01

    4 vote(s)
  1. I'm going to a 5 string and I've narrowed my options down to three Laklands. The 55-64 and DJ5 didn't make it into the final showdown. Let me know which one of these I should buy.

    It's going to be used for everything from Country music in smoky honky-tonks to "variety band" private gigs to sessions.

    I love passive jazz basses but I also love Stingrays and active basses. The only thing I'm not real big on at the moment is a Pbass tone (just got rid of one).

    Chime in!
  2. nyangsw


    Apr 26, 2012
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    55-02 if keeping stock.
    55-01 if you want to upgrade the electronics.

    I voted 55-01 because a properly upgraded 55-01 gives you more sounds than a 55-02, which is limited to only a jazz sized pickup in the neck. The soapbar sizes in the 55-01 can do anything you want.
  4. LakeEffect


    Feb 21, 2013
    Agree with mmbongo, I think that is a good way to approach the decision.
  5. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    ...plus on the 55-01 and 55-02 you can run them in passive mode. I have a Skyline JO5 which I love, great basses!!!!
  6. sj_bass


    May 23, 2010
    Long Beach, CA

    Although, I wouldn't be so quick to ditch those -01 electronics. Call me lucky, but the stock MK-1 setup in my 55-01 is a great, versatile tool for me. I run it passive, or active with only a slight bump in the bass. Works for a lot of music styles (pop,rock, slap, country, etc.)...
  7. SRFSterling5


    Sep 24, 2011
    I've got a 55-02. I changed the pickups to Norstrands and have a Mike Pope Flexcore preamp withe the low mid/high mid option
    and it gives me a lot more tonal flexibility. You can get pretty close to the Musicman vibe, but less of the clank. Fellow talkbass member Munjibunga did a few of these conversions and was kind to answer my questions on the conversion. The stock LH3
    Electronics are good, the conversion takes it up a few notches tonally.
  8. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    I've got a 55-94, which is the 55-02's older brother. The 55-94 can cop numerous sounds and is a versatile tone machine. The 55-02 shares heritage with the 55, so it gets my vote!
  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The 55-02 or 55-94 are the obvious choices.
  10. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    55-60 if you like passive jazz basses. Best passive 35" Jazz for the bucks, IMHO.
  11. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    The 55-02 is the jack of all trades.
  12. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    If you are looking for tonal variety...go for a 55-02...

    If you like a passive J sound...55-60. ( you can always add a pre-amps BUT the 55-02 has more variability).
  13. inate_hex


    Apr 4, 2010
    Manchester, England
    I occasionally wet the bed.
    I had a 44-02, it was ok but my Musicman bongo blew it out the water so I traded it. I found it to be a jack of all trades - master of none. The playability was superb but I never bonded with the bass.
  14. Bought a 55-02 from a fellow Tb'er.
  15. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    Play all 3, and buy the one you like.
    It's your money.
  16. 55-02