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10-15-2005, 07:34 PM
Got this puppy on Wednesday, and am having a hard time putting her down:
Lakland 55-94 ebony fretless. Killer neck, playability, tone(s), bass. Haven't owned a fretless or a five in a few years, so shedding is in order. Will post up some clips soonish.
10-15-2005, 08:07 PM
Congrats, that looks sweet!
10-16-2005, 05:47 AM
A friend of mine is a Lakland dealer, they are sweet basses, even the imports are nice.
Nice choice Basso...
I have a 5594 dlx fretted 5 with maple neck, butterscotch quilt top.
That bass has the finest neck of any fiver I tried out.
Tones from the Gods...especially that killer B.
10-16-2005, 07:51 AM
10-16-2005, 08:12 AM
Wait 'til Scherzer sees that one! ;)
10-16-2005, 09:34 AM
Jato- yes- the neck is a big part of the appeal. The compound radius is hip (starts roundish, gets flattish). For me, quilts and flames on basses just don't do it (though i may be biased by the old PRS i used to have, my one forray into a maple topped bass).
Speaking of PRS, Lakland reminds me a bit of the line, combining the best aspects of 2 existing classic companies/designs (Musicman and Fender) into a refined hybrid that addresses the shortcomings of both, with classic lines that are all Lakland.
I looked at a number of "mid priced" (a bit of a laff that the most $$$ bass i've owned can be considered that) basses before taking the plunge, focussing mostly on Zon and Steinberger, as i really wanted a composite neck originally, missing the 5 string fretless Steiny XL and fretted Q i used to have. Sonically, those basses were great, but a bit of a one trick pony. The seven possible PUP combos, blend knob, passsive switch, and three band eq on the 55-94 cover a LOT of sonic territory - almost too much, as i find sounds and worry i'll never find 'em again!
Construction, fit, finish are all first rate, as i've heard and read about Lakland. Also the lightest 5 i've owned (not weight obsessed like some, but it's a plus).
Next up? Looking seriously at a Lakland Skyline Darryl Jones 5, for my frewtted J bass itch.
10-16-2005, 10:20 AM
Nice ax Basso.
I swear I can almost hear it just by the photo.
I like neck accessibility, no note can get away from you now. :cool:
You're a man after my own heart, I prefer versatile instruments. My 11 different pup combinations is more than I need, I usually keep it down to ca. 8. ;)
10-17-2005, 03:59 PM
That's a beauty!
I love my Lakland-had it 10 years and it's been #1 all along.
The Fender/Music Man analogy is dead on. My other 2 basses are a '72 Jazz and a very early MM Sterling, and the Lakland takes the best of both and puts them together in a better looking package than either of the other 2.
Enjoy the shed..:D
10-17-2005, 11:19 PM
Originally posted by Funky Chicken
T My other 2 basses are a '72 Jazz and a very early MM Sterling...
My kind of guy.
Now i'm jonesing for a Skyline Darryl Jones 5. Ugh.
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