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Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by Bassomatic, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. Bassomatic

    Bassomatic Silver Supporting Member

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    Got this puppy on Wednesday, and am having a hard time putting her down:

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    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.
     
  2. Unburst

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    Congrats, that looks sweet!

    Clip it!
     
  3. Lex Luthier

    Lex Luthier Member

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    A friend of mine is a Lakland dealer, they are sweet basses, even the imports are nice.
     
  4. TNJ

    TNJ Gold Supporting Member

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    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.
    :cool:

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  5. Scott Peterson

    Scott Peterson Administrator Staff Member

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    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Wait 'til Scherzer sees that one! ;)
     
  7. Bassomatic

    Bassomatic Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks, guys.

    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.
     
  8. lhallam

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    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. ;)
     
  9. Funky Chicken

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    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. Bassomatic

    Bassomatic Silver Supporting Member

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    My kind of guy.

    Now i'm jonesing for a Skyline Darryl Jones 5. Ugh.
     

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