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Lakland Skyline 55-01 5-String Bass Guitar Natural Maple Fretboard (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

The Skyline 55-01 Electric Bass Guitar retains all the key features that have made Lakland the choice of professionals: ash body, flat-sawn maple neck, a choice of fretboard woods, Bartolini MK1 split-coil soapbar pickups, and 3-band buffered active preamp. Controls include cut/boost bass, mid, and treble; a panning-style pickup blend; and master volume (with pull-out switching to bypass EQ). 35" scale.

Lakland luthiers now do their fret work using Plek technology to assure optimum playability. Plek is a CAD/CAM machine with scanning capability. It was developed to perform high-speed, highly accurate fret dressing, nut and bridge slotting and shaping, and engraving work. When used by an experienced luthier, the Plek machine produces necks with fretwork and action that equal the very best handwork and does it consistently.

A new, affordable Lakland model!

FEATURES
  • Ash body
  • Flat-sawn maple neck
  • A choice of fretboard woods (maple or rosewood)
  • Bartolini MK1 split-coil soapbar pickups
  • 3-band buffered active preamp
  • Controls include cut/boost bass, mid, and treble, a panning-style pickup blend, and master volume (with pull-out switching to bypass EQ)

A great 5-string bass within just about anybody's price range. Order today.

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LaklandSkyline 55-01 5-String Bass Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Versatile bass

Amazing value from a top notch bass builder.
I am a working musician. I have owned many basses over the years. The 55-01 is my favorite all around bass. I...Read complete review

Amazing value from a top notch bass builder.
I am a working musician. I have owned many basses over the years. The 55-01 is my favorite all around bass. I play a lot of weddings and corporate gigs and you have to play a variety of styles and the 55-01 covers it all with ease. I have an older model with the Bartolini MK's and the Bart preamp. I understand Lakland are using their own pups and preamp these days.My 55-02 has the Lakland pups and pre and they are quite good as well. However I prefer the barts.
For the money or hundreds more you won't find a better bass on the market.
Put together very well. I also own a 55-02 and to be honest I prefer my 55-01.

I can go from playing Lady Gaga to rocking AC/DC with this bass.
Put together very well. Excellent finish. Top shelf hardware.
You will not find more bass for this money.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Plays great

One of the best playing basses I have played. I did send it back just because the headstock and neck had some dents and dings.

One of the best playing basses I have played. I did send it back just because the headstock and neck had some dents and dings.

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4.0

My Take on the 55-01

By 

from Florida

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Well constructed

Cons

  • Neck can be problematic if you have small hands
  • sharp fret edges

Best Uses

  • Gigging
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-01 5-String Bass Guitar:

The 55-01 isn't a bad bass at all for one in this price range. It has a modern tone compared to a Jazz or Precision bass. Considering it has what many consider a subpar preamp, and pickups, with the Mk1, this bass has surprisingly good tone. The active circuitry bypass to use the bass in passive mode is a bit misleading. It works fine as long as the battery doesn't die. if the battery dies, you cannot hear the bass in passive mode. That to me, defeats the purpose of having the ability to go passive with it. The 35" scale length can make the first few frets seem like a bit of stretch if you have small hands, but overall, it's a predominantly comfortable neck to play. One con to me was the fret work. The fret edges were somewhat sharp after it arrived. Lakland's customer service is also top notch. I had a minor problem with mine develop shortly after it arrived. They were extremely fast to return emails, and phone calls, and the turn around time from shipping my bass to their factory in Chicago, to it being back in my hands was no longer than one week. My biggest complaint though is not with the bass itself, but with Musicians Friend, as they do not seem to carry them in all the available colors Lakland offers them in.

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4.0

Quality Bass

By 

from Florida

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • well built

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-01 5-String Bass Guitar:

For this being Lakland's bottom of the barrel budget line bass guitars, it is extremely well built, and has a solid tone. It's construction is far better than most others in its price range, and can compete with more expensive models. The neck is very comfortable, but the 35" scale could pose challenging if you have smaller hands. The 55-01 has a more modern tone, and the B string rings out with piano like clarity, as do the other strings/notes. Though the bass sounds good, the MK1 pickups and MK1 preamp are the basses weak point, and the bass could be made to sound a lot better with the right mods in those areas. Mine had a lot of fret buzz when I got it some months ago, but that is easily remedied by doing a setup on it. Another drawback, is Musician's Friend did not have it in the color scheme I preferred or with a rosewood board.

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5.0

LakLand 55-01 Skyline Bass

By 

from Hillsborough, NC

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Affordable Quality
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Looks good
  • Well Set Up

Cons

  • none yet

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues
  • Versatile Instrument

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-01 5-String Bass Guitar:

The 55-01 Skyline 5 stringer from Lakland combines ease of play with a solid punch across the whole range from low B to high F. Picking up this ax is like putting on an old shoe...it just feels familiar from the get-go. On board preamp provides a large pallet of tone to work with. I can use this instrument for jazz, latin, and funk styles. It is a great buy.

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Plays great

By 

from Poseyville, IN

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-01 5-String Bass Guitar:

      One of the best playing basses I have played. I did send it back just because the headstock and neck had some dents and dings.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awsome 5 string

      By 

      from Columbia, MO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Venues

        Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-01 5-String Bass Guitar:

        I love this bass. I have been playing for 25 years and have owned many basses. I had a high end Fender American Deluxe 5 Sting and this thing actually plays better. I could not be more happy given the money I spent. The Fender was about 2 times the price of this bass. I have the maple neck which feels great. The only thing is this neck is bright and has a lot of treble. You can adjust that so it is not a big deal. I play it with Ampeg amps/speakers and gallien krueger heads for my pro rig.

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        5.0

        Very Impressive for the price

        By 

        from Edmonton,AB

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel On Low B
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Volume Level

        Best Uses

        • Church
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-01 5-String Bass Guitar:

        Very good feel and comfortable to play. Even though the volume button doesn't work until maxed out, it is very good for the price.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lakland Delivers Affordable Quality

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        By 

        from Richmond, KY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Only Available In Natural

        Best Uses

        • Any Live Setting
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-01 5-String Bass Guitar:

        This bass is amazing right out of the box. I read some reviews on here and expected some buzzing or less than professional electronics but I have to say I am thoroughly impressed with this affordable offering from Lakland (super deal on Cyber Monday). Before I even plugged it up I was intrigued with the tone. Some instruments just have that sound and this is one of them! A natural growl that fits like a glove with the natural distortion on an Ampeg amp...But this animal can calm down and produce angelic tones that just might bring a tear to your eye thanks to the amazing versatility provided by the 3 band knob eq and pick-up fade knob. I have used this beauty in Worship services at church as well as recording some really heavy Black Sabbath-ish tunes. In case you can't tell, I'm a fan. One great ax that I'm glad I took a chance on.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Quintessential Utilitarian Bass

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-01 5-String Bass Guitar:

            Excellent bass. Go to bass for live work at church. Power to cut through in the mix and nice range of tonal choices to make it flexible enough for all styles.

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            (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Versatile bass

            By 

            from So. Cal, USA

            Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-01 5-String Bass Guitar:

            Amazing value from a top notch bass builder.
            I am a working musician. I have owned many basses over the years. The 55-01 is my favorite all around bass. I play a lot of weddings and corporate gigs and you have to play a variety of styles and the 55-01 covers it all with ease. I have an older model with the Bartolini MK's and the Bart preamp. I understand Lakland are using their own pups and preamp these days.My 55-02 has the Lakland pups and pre and they are quite good as well. However I prefer the barts.
            For the money or hundreds more you won't find a better bass on the market.
            Put together very well. I also own a 55-02 and to be honest I prefer my 55-01.

            I can go from playing Lady Gaga to rocking AC/DC with this bass.
            Put together very well. Excellent finish. Top shelf hardware.
            You will not find more bass for this money.

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            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Build/Junk Electronics

            By 

            from The great white north.

            Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-01 5-String Bass Guitar:

            I bought a 55-01 "Limited" without even playing one first. I made my choice by what I have read here and elsewhere. narrow at the nut, wide at the bridge and string through body, 35" scale - improves all the strings in my opinion, Everything I was looking for in a 5 string bass, with a beautiful trans blue finish on a curly maple top! Awesome playability, great build quality, great looking...junk electronics started buzzing on day 3!!! I have to play it in passive mode, EQ'd and compressed with a Boss ME20B to kill the annoying buzz. still waiting for my replacement wiring under warranty!!! Don't want to pay big $$ for 'real' bartolini! might try Carvin. The pickups are weak in the low end for fans of the basslines ssb4 passive soapbar like myself. If you buy one of these, have money set aside for at least better wiring. Hence 3.5 for quality! I'd still might buy another one despite this, because everything else about it it is superb!

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