55-02 Skyline Standard 3 Tone Sunburst
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.
The 55-02 models are probably the most modern sounding of the basses Lakland makes, but that said it’s not like sizzling sound modern it’s like a perfect balance of modern and the capabilities also sounding vintage without being a cliché.
The bass is very powerful and clean but makes no mistake this can dive deep into the mud and throw some serious dirty bay area funk grooves with ease it’s only a matter if the player can coupe with depth of this bass!
The bass features an 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 pickups are Laklands own LH3 Alnico Magnetic pickups 1xMM and 1xJ that are wounded in the shop in Chicago. The onboard preamp is the same as the American model which is very effective and in your face. This a bass you are looking for if you are looking for a super versatile and powerful bass.