PJ White Skyline 44-64 Custom PJ
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 features 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 moulded from the Donald Dunn signature 44-64 P bass with an added single-coil J styled bridge pickup to make this bass more versatile.
The PJ bass has the same kind of raw girth to it without being unpolished sort of speak. The tone is full, rich and powerful with a vintage vibe that sings of all the familiar lines that were played in the 60´and 70´.
The bass features a swamp ash body, maple neck all familiar but what is unusual is that 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 which gives some more growl to it.
The 44-65 PJ comes with Lakland own Hybrid split “P” pickup & Single Coil “J” bridge pickup Hand fabricated and scatter-wound to vintage specs just a little hotter. It has an excellent treble response and deep low end, very warm in the mids, a perfect balance and of cause it matches the bass in a very musically way. All in all a great bass if you want the combination and the versatility of the PJ sound.