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Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass

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Unbelievably precise, rich, and flexible tone comes from active Lakland pickups”a classic single-coil at the neck and MM humbucker with coil tapping ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Cutting-edge electronics and peerless craftsmanship.

Unbelievably precise, rich, and flexible tone comes from active Lakland pickups”a classic single-coil at the neck and MM humbucker with coil tapping at the bridge. Preamp with cut/boost bass, sweepable mid, treble; panning pickup blend; master volume that can be pulled for preamp bypass; and master trim give you complete tonal command. Flat-sawn maple neck, rosewood or maple fretboard, and ash body provide fat resonance and amazing looks. 35" scale length, 22 frets.

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
  • Rosewood or maple fretboard
  • Active Lakland classic single-coil pickup at the neck
  • Lakland MM humbucker with coil tapping at the bridge
  • Cut/boost bass
  • Sweepable mid
  • Treble
  • Panning pickup blend
  • Master volume that can be pulled for pre-amp bypass
  • Master trim
  • 35" scale length
  • 22 frets
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LaklandSkyline 55-02 5-String Bass
 
4.8

(based on 24 reviews)

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A Great Bass for the Money

I had to take some time to learn how to use all of this bass's features. I didn't care for the sound with the factory defaults, but I made a few adjustments and now...Read complete review

I had to take some time to learn how to use all of this bass's features. I didn't care for the sound with the factory defaults, but I made a few adjustments and now it really kicks. I should note that the changes were for my personal tastes.The first adjustment was to change the midrange frequencey via a pair of dip switches inside the bass. The factory default is 400 hz. I changed it to its lowest freq, 250 hz. Next, the strings. I noticed (with my attack), the sound was a bit unbalanced, with the E and B strings too boomy and the top strings too tinny. This problem was fixed with a new set of nickel strings (I believe it comes with stainless steel strings from the factory), run through the bridge instead of through the body. Played with all treble, mid and bass wide open and volume at about 75%, it has incredible punch on all notes.

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Try It Out First Before Buying

After all the high praises and excellent scores in reviews, I have thought of buying one of these. But I had decided to test it out first at the local store before buying...Read complete review

After all the high praises and excellent scores in reviews, I have thought of buying one of these. But I had decided to test it out first at the local store before buying it. The neck is similar to a musicman in thickness and the 22-fret spacing is a bit wider than I'm used to. I noticed also that there is a slight neck dive. Some forums had mentioned this before and is inherent on some jazz bass but I was surprised to see it on a brand new one! The pickups sounded good with options for coil tapping. The actions were set low which is good for slap. But the overall "feel" when playing it is not something I prefer. My older Yamaha TRB1005 was even better in construction and quality, it has thinner neck and has 24-frets for the same 35-inch scale with NO neck dive after owning it for several years. I am disappointed for this Lakland after all the high expectations I had in mind. For the asking price of [$] I expect a fast neck and better quality, and not just good electronics. Also, my options for bass strings will be limited coz this one requires super extra long length since the fitting goes thru the body. I will not be paying this much with these limitations and issues. On the other hand, the tone of this bass is really good and is lighter in weight.

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(6 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Try It Out First Before Buying

By Chad D.

from Chcago, IL

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Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

After all the high praises and excellent scores in reviews, I have thought of buying one of these. But I had decided to test it out first at the local store before buying it. The neck is similar to a musicman in thickness and the 22-fret spacing is a bit wider than I'm used to. I noticed also that there is a slight neck dive. Some forums had mentioned this before and is inherent on some jazz bass but I was surprised to see it on a brand new one! The pickups sounded good with options for coil tapping. The actions were set low which is good for slap. But the overall "feel" when playing it is not something I prefer. My older Yamaha TRB1005 was even better in construction and quality, it has thinner neck and has 24-frets for the same 35-inch scale with NO neck dive after owning it for several years. I am disappointed for this Lakland after all the high expectations I had in mind. For the asking price of [$] I expect a fast neck and better quality, and not just good electronics. Also, my options for bass strings will be limited coz this one requires super extra long length since the fitting goes thru the body. I will not be paying this much with these limitations and issues. On the other hand, the tone of this bass is really good and is lighter in weight.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Bass for the Money

By HillCountryBottomDweller

from San Antonio, TX

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Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

I had to take some time to learn how to use all of this bass's features. I didn't care for the sound with the factory defaults, but I made a few adjustments and now it really kicks. I should note that the changes were for my personal tastes.The first adjustment was to change the midrange frequencey via a pair of dip switches inside the bass. The factory default is 400 hz. I changed it to its lowest freq, 250 hz. Next, the strings. I noticed (with my attack), the sound was a bit unbalanced, with the E and B strings too boomy and the top strings too tinny. This problem was fixed with a new set of nickel strings (I believe it comes with stainless steel strings from the factory), run through the bridge instead of through the body. Played with all treble, mid and bass wide open and volume at about 75%, it has incredible punch on all notes.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

lakland best out of the box

By Wheeler

from newyork

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Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

what a great bass! great sounding,looking and set up straight out the box. Nice wide comfortable neck for a 5 string and the 35 scale is a major plus.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

55-02 WHAT A BASS

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

I have owned alot of basses in my day but this is by far one on the best. The neck is easy in the hand, the tone is so vary it doesn't matter what your looking for this bass will get you there. I like them so much that I brought a fretted & frettless. These basses are going to be in my home for a long time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lakland 55-02

By Bassman912

from New York

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

I have been playing bass for over 30 years and i have to say the Lakland 55-02 has to be the best playing and sound 5 string i have ever played. if you are looking for a 5 string bass you have to get a Lakland, you will be happy you did.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LAKLAND WELL ROUNDED BASS

By Jim Hobbs-F2ueE

from West Linn OR

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

I played my new Lakland Skyline 55-02 this previous weekend for the first time with my band, which plays Rock, Pop, R&B, Blues, Country, Jazz, and Funk. This bass is a tonemiester. I found it to articulate every note with amazing clarity. I also found running the bass as flat as possible seemed to be my favorite setting. The neck was much wider than my other instruments but was very playable. I use a couple of different effects very sparingly on some songs and couldn't believe how rich and present they sounded. The bass sounded very even. The B string sounded balanced with the other strings and was not overly boomy. This is great bass to have in my arsenal. I have heard other great Bass players use Lakland Basses, which is the reason I decided to buy one. I also called the Lakland Factory with some questions and Dan Lakland answered the phone, he was nothing but helpful. He also pointed out that it has the exact same Bartolini pickups, active/passive preamp and Lakland bridge of its american counterpart. I think this a very solid instrument especially in the price range. I like this Bass!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than the Stingray

By Freakin_Idiot

from Houston

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Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

Wow this bass really has power. Incredible smooth and rich tone paired with an awesome preamp makes for a kicka** bass.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great bass

By Paul-6mAWc

from hamilton, new jersey

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

this bass really kicks a** and can be used for literally any genre. i use it for metalcore, death metal, metal, punk, jazz; you name it, this bass can do it. the action on the neck is super low. it's just awesome. worth the buy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I rated it all 10 it's the perfect bass!

By N/A-vmp__

from Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

Great Bass, very rich tones! If you're the person who is in need of a new bass, and likes 5 strings, this is perfect bass. Extremely recommended.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WORTH IT

By mikey-9.l72

from Brooklyn

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

Traded up from 55-01 to 55-02 - I just can't get over the versatility of sounds, (I use half rounds on it) the clarity and articulation and intonation on this instrument - can get it to sound deep and smooth and warm almost like an upright all the way down to the open B string - and the note is always CLEAR if you set you volumes right - a few flips of the knobs and you can cut through anything with a raw ripping edge and shakin the foundations with those lows. Intonation virtually perfect all the way up the neck, and after a few days of playing the neck feels like I've been playing it 20 years. If you don't want to break the back this bass gives you a GREAT bang for the buck. I got black body with maple fretboard and it's my pride and joy - a think of beauty.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lakland has found the formula for the perfect bass

By Justin Vidrine

from Monroe, LA

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

Like a number of these reviewers, I bought this bass mail order, having never previously played it. I have bought some decent basses, and I have bought some real stinkers. I have been wary of 5-strings since my fiasco with a certain Fender, but my new band required all of the range and flexibility of a good 5-string. This work of art is all I could have hoped for. I bought the Deluxe, which is simply fantastic to look at. The neck is comfy, perhaps a bit wide for some, but very thin, allowing your hand to manipulate it with ease. This bass plays as fast you could want, something I wasn't expecting from a 5-string. I anticipated an instrument that was awkward, this is a dream. The body sculpting allows you to access any fret with ease. The action is perfect, low and smooth. This bass was perfectly setup out of the box. I have never had any rattling or technical difficulties. The sound is amazing. The B-string hits with a deep punch that delivers clarity where many basses only register a garbled boom. Slappers will be delighted. These pickups offer all of the range, punch, growl, and simpering smoothness you could ask for. More than that is the playability. The action of the strings is perfectly blended with the body putting the strings in just close enough so that you can easily slap, pop, and thump while keeping your motions tight and precise. This bass makes you a better player. Or maybe it just sounds so good that I started practicing more because I love to hear it. Either way its wonderful. Its worth more than you will pay for it. The build quality is exemplary. I only noticed two tiny imperfections with the fretwork. If you buy this, you will be astounded. To go back and play my G&L would be the worst kind of humiliating torture. This is the best bass I have ever played.

 
5.0

Best investment I've made...

By LowB5Stringer

from Ewa Beach, HI

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

Tried different makes and models in this price range. None had a Low B like it...

 
5.0

What a bass!

By Ken Taylor

from Richmond, TX

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

Oh how I wish I would have bought one of these first. I would have saved so much time and frustration playing a great sounding bass rather than finding "the sound". This bass is far and away the best value around and I have found "the sound" once and for all. This bass does it all. It is also one of the quietest basses I have owned, right up there with my Sadowsky and Ken Smith. However, the sound is just awesome, right out of the box. I can't believe this bass is made in Korea. They have done an awesome job and I couldn't be more pleased with the electronics. I plan on buying at least one more of these basses this year (the Deluxe).

 
5.0

Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass

By ponthiere

from Marksville, LA

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Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

The best B-string I've ever played. It's tight and the clarity is incredible. I've played a lot of high-end basses and finally I'm satisfied. This bass has a great sound. I love playing with the MM (bridge) pickup solo. It's the best bass on the market in its price range. It's probably better than most basses twice the price.

 
5.0

Lakland Skyline 55-02 Bass

By LaklandFan12

from Titusville, NJ

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Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

This is an AMAZING bass! There are so many different tonal options. I had never touched this bass before I ordered it. When is came, I was amazed. Even when I plugged it into my little 25 watt Crate combo, it still sounded awesome! You can't go wrong with this bass!

 
5.0

put others to same

By Propedose

from Nor Cal

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

I have played fenders, musicmans, and spector bass guitars. The 55-02 offers better quaility for it's price. This bass has specailized upgrades on in for the available price; like Bartoloni pickups, fishman battery port and dials and Hipshot schaller tuners.

 
5.0

Sweet, Versatile Bass

By David-ciChl

from Pittsburgh, PA

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

The Lakland is one of the best basses I've ever played. It isn't really flashy as far as finishes go (I have a black one), but thanks to the Bartolini pickups you can get some amazing tones for any kind of music. This bass is somewhat expensive, but compared to what you would pay for the American model, it is one hell of a deal. This Korean model has the same pickups and Hipshot ultra-lite tuners as the American model. If you are looking for a semi-pro 5 string bass, I recommend this bass.

 
5.0

Great Neck, Great Sound, Great Feel

By gordondil

from Scotland

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

the variety of sound from this is amazing. so many different settings can be dialed up from the wonderful pre-amp. The sound from the Bartolinis so so beautiful. It has a nice soft, round, yet hard-hitting sound from them. The neck is so comfortable, it just feels so natural. Another excellent thing about this bass is the spacing between the strings, which is large for a 5 string and allows for easy slap playing.

 
5.0

A great bass

By JackRabbitSlim

from New York

Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

Used the 55-02 for the first time with my band last night and ended up using it for all 3 sets. Big bottom end and nice highs that cut through the mix. Nice to look at and very little finger fatigue after playing for 3 hours.The 35 scale makes a big difference in the clarity of the low B- string, which sounds awesome. I Highly recommend this bass.

 
5.0

One of the best Basses ever

By JW-kmpSQ

from On the road

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Comments about Lakland Skyline 55-02 5-String Bass:

These guitars are called made over seas but I can tell you only the body and the neck of these guitars are built in Korea. The final assembly and set up is done in Chicago and what the result is is a bass that is worthy of the 4000.00 American made guitar. These guys do it right. If you are in the market for a new bass. and don't have a lot of dough get one of these and you won't be happier. And the customer service is awsome.

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