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Lakland Skyline 55-01 5-String Bass Guitar  Natural Maple Fretboard

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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 nec...Click To Read More About This Product

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A new, affordable Lakland model!

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.

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 61 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (4)
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    • Experienced (6)

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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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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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile bass

By BassDude-jhV1I

from So. Cal, USA

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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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome 5 string

By millermachine

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.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Lakland Delivers Affordable Quality

    By Noved68

    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.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Build/Junk Electronics

    By Chris Ashley

    from The great white north.

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    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!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Bass review

    By Bob

    from Kingston, PA

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

    I don't know if Lakland changed the electronics on this model or what. When you crank the treble or volume to max the noise is unacceptable. When you crank them both together it is simply god-awful. To think that they allowed this out the door is shocking. So did I return it? No! I upgraded the pickups to Bartolini MK5CBC's and what a difference. Clarity and tone are now great. Still tooo much noise. The MK-1 pickups were just totally weak. I'm going to pull the preamp and change to ???? anything. Probably a real Bartolini preamp. So I'm saving the body and throwing the rest away, man I much be rich! I realized the potential of the Bart soapbar style pickups before I bought this, but couldn't imagine this much trouble. With good Bart pickups and preamp this bass would have been golden. (And will soon be) Maybe they'll go back to whatever they were using for electronics before. The body is solid. The finish is great. Little scratchy on the fret edges. Love the tuners. The nut looks like it will need replacing sometime in the future. Great battery box.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Plays great

    By nmayes213

    from Poseyville, IN

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Quintessential Utilitarian Bass

        By Paul Pocketdrummer Orr

        from The DMV

        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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            You just can't beat the deal....

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

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

            I traded in a Fender P-Bass for a Lakland 55-01 - mine is a 2001 model which was in mint condition. Since aquiring this bass it has replaced my Spector Euro 5 as my go to bass. I only play the Lakland now. I can get any sound I want out of this thing - anything from really deep and warm to bright and shiny. The 3-band EQ is just awesome and the push/pull active/passive switch is a great feature. I love having the option to boost Mids, something that I could never do on my Spector. The only thing I was skeptical about was the 35" scale and broad neck - I gotta say that for me, this is much more comfortable to play than a standard 34" scale 5 string with 17mm spacing like my Spector. A lot of people hype up the low-B of the Lakland 5 strings; the hype is well deserved! My Lakland has the stock MK1 Bartolini pick ups (Korean made). I actually really like them, they're not as hot as the EMG's in my Spector, but thats ok. I don't think I will swap the MK1's on the Lakland, at least not anytime soon. I was always the type of guy who was a little weary of basses made in Asia, just because I've played a couple and compared them to US models and was never happy with the them. That went completely out the window with the Lakland. The craftsman ship is great, I doubt I would be able to tell any difference from a 55-01 and a US made Lakland. If you're looking to upgrade your 5 string and don't want to blow $2000 on a Warwick or a Musicman, you really gotta try this bass.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sweet

            By Mikey--ypzc

            from Brooklyn

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

            I played an L2500 for years - had to sell it, replaced it with this Lakland. It can't replicate the deep growl of the G&L, but the neck plays like silk, the intonation is better than the G&L, the controls are much easier to use and remember, it's got through the body strings and enough wood so that you can feel it your belly, but it's lighter and for me more managable than the G&L, which is a big, heavy ax, and the workmanship is impeccible. The one downside is that the pickups seem to be on the weak side so I'm missing the BIG G&L sound just a bit, but Pandora helps out. Not looking back because for me the smoothness and playability of this bass make it a keeper.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Former 4-stringer

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

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

            My main concern in buying this (or any) 5-string was the fact that I've never owned one. I've been a 4-stringer from day one and wasn't sure how easily I would make the transition. The 55-01 quickly put my concerns to rest. Maybe you?re asking the same questions I did: Is the fretboard really that wide? Yes and no. It?s quite narrow at the nut, but widens as you go up. This also affects string spacing. The spacing starts with a tight, more modern spacing at the nut, and ends up with a more traditional spacing toward the octave. But the neck itself is surprisingly thin, so reaching the B-string isn?t a long stretch, though after fret 12 it?s a bit difficult to reach and almost impractical to use. How different is the 35? scale? The difference is noticeable (especially when you go back to your 34? 4-string), but not enough to affect your playing. If you have fat fingers like me, it?s nice to have a little more room on frets 5-12 (where I live). Overall, the neck will give your hand a workout, especially if you have smaller hands. But it doesn?t take long to get used to it, and it?s quite comfortable once you do.Overall, the 55-01 is an excellent bass. I agree with all of the great things you?ve already read about it. And it?s hard to imagine that this is just the ?starter? Lakland. I still love my Geddy Lee 4-string, but I can?t put down my Lakland.

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