J-Sonic Skyline 5
Lakland was founded by bassist Dan Lakin and luthier Hugh McFarland in 1994, the company’s name, pronounced “lake-land.”
Lakland is well respected for the basses both from the weekend warriors/bedroom fighters to the top professional player around the world such as Darryl Jones, Gail Ann Dorsey, Kat Bax, Juan Alderete and Uriah Duffy to name a few.
Lakland is based in Chicago where the US models are made, and the brand skyrocketed from the mid 90’ties up to the status they have now. In the 00’ Lakland introduced The Skyline Series that are now made in Indonesia with great success. The value for money is incredibly high. The basses are made of North American wood and feature the same overall design as the US basses with some small changes in details. The basses are quality checked and PLEK in Chicago to meet the high standards of Lakland.
This bass is a merge of the 55-60 vintage J 35” scaled bass with Laklands own new Chi-Sonic “soap bar” Single coil pickups that have a lot of output and a wide frequency response with a focus deep low and upper bright This combined with the vintage J model gives a soothing yet quite raw old school sound that is very powerful for a passive bass.
The bass comes with ash body, and maple neck but what is unusual is the fingerboard is made out of Indian Laurelwood which is new for Lakland, and it’s the response to the CITES laws regarding rosewood. The Laurelwood is very similar in sound to rosewood, but it’s a bit harder and faster than rosewood. The result is a warm but gnarly and raw sound so in a sense smooth and raw.