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Lakland Skyline Decade 4 Bass
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Marking Lakland's 10-year anniversary, the Decade bass came out in 1995, and was only available in the high-end US Series until now. The Lakland Skyl...Click To Read More About This Product
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Retro looks with new technology.
Marking Lakland's 10-year anniversary, the Decade bass came out in 1995, and was only available in the high-end US Series until now. The Lakland Skyline Series Decade 4 bass is constructed with a mahogany body for solid, low end tone, and dressed in a translucent "Cherry" Burgundy finish. For color contrast it has a black pick guard, and a black headstock. It has a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid blocks and white binding. Utilizing a special pickup design from the Lakland/Hanson Pickups partnership, the all US-made "Chi-Sonic" pickups are now standard on the Skyline Decade 4 and help it perform like a serious rock bass should. These retro looking single coil pickups have an amazing full range quality with lots of airy highs, large, focused low end, and a complex midrange that manages to keep the upper register notes really punchy without darkening your sound. It also has 2 knobs for volume and one for tone control.
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.
- Translucent Burgundy w/ Black headstock
- Body Wood: Mahogany
- Neck Type: Bolt-on
- Neck Wood: Maple with white binding
- Fingerboard: Rosewood with Pearloid block position markers
- Pickups: 2 Lakland USA Chi-Sonic single coil
- Controls: Passive 3 knob - 2 volume and one tone
- Bridge: Lakland dual access
- Frets: 20
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I own the active version of this bass (push/pull on volume pot to switch off/on). I bought it to replace and downsize from my Jazz Deluxe V. Dialing in the right tone can be tricky as the bridge pickup has some nasal tendencies as mentioned by another reviewer. The parallel/series switch is a nice feature that expands this bass' range of tones. The finish is GORGEOUS; knobs aren't cheap feeling or looking, but could be better styled with retro radio knobs than the 90's-looking plastic ones. Likewise, tuners would be better in sho'-nuff chrome than satin finish.Typical of Lakland axes, this playability is fantastic, fast & swanky, limited only by setup.Retro and OD rock players, don't bother with the active version; you'll just leave it turned off all the time anyway.
I got this bass with the intention of having it as a back up for my Fender Jazz but that soon changed quickly. This bass has the BEST neck i've ever play. I play through GK 700RB-II and NEO112 Cab and IMHO, this bass blows away my Jazz in ever aspects. Built quality, playability, and even tone. The price tag is a bit steep but very well worth it if you can afford.
I waited 6 months for this bass and I am not satisfied. I love the look, feel, finish, workmanship, neck binding, BUT the volume pots are poor quality, they do not control the level of sound smoothly, the treble pot I don't even use. The neck PU is 'okay' the bridge PU is throaty, nasal, unpleasant. This bass has a narrow range of sounds. I will end up replacing the pickups to get a smooth bass tone. I recommend that you try out this bass in person before buying one.
I had this bass now for a month and it plays great. The action is set up nice and low, and I really like those humbucker pick ups on it. Its small scale, and can be great for younger beginning players or those who dont like to fightwith those long necks, Peace.