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Lakland Skyline Deluxe 55-02 5-String Bass  (Open Box)
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5-string boom with piano-like clarity.

The Lakland Skyline Deluxe 55-02 5-String Bass comes with custom alnico-magnet Lakland pickups: a humbucker at the bridge and a single-coil in the neck. These pickups are teamed with the same 3-band active preamp used in the US-made 55-94 to let you dial in an incredible range of tones. A 3-way toggle for coil splitting increases tonal range. It has that deep Lakland cutaway on the high register side of the maple neck that allows easy access to highest frets for throwing licks on top of your grooves. Ash body with a quilt veneer top and deluxe transparent finish.

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
Quilt veneer top
Deluxe transparent finish
Alnico-magnet Lakland pickups pickups (humbucker in bridge position, single-coil at the neck)
3-band active preamp with pull-pot master volume for active bypass
3-way toggle for coil splitting
22 frets
35" scale for clear deep lows

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LaklandSkyline Deluxe 55-02 5-String Bass
 
4.8

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (8)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (6), Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

All the features i could want

I've played bass in church for many years and recently was looking for a new bass. I compiled a list of features that i know i wanted and this Lakland has all of them...Read complete review

I've played bass in church for many years and recently was looking for a new bass. I compiled a list of features that i know i wanted and this Lakland has all of them with a reasonable price: 5 string, 35in scale, tooless battery change, active/passive switch, body and bridge through strings, and the wood combos.

Tonally, this thing is very nice, and very versitile. I have played praise and worship, country, and rock on this thing, and it does them well.

One thing to keep in mind; if you string through the body, you need to buy extended length strings, and unfortunately that reduces your string options. For example, i love the Slinky Cobalt strings, but those can only go through the bridge on this bass.

This was the first bass i bought online, i typically perfer going to a shop and trying several out before making a purchase. I have to say i was pleasently surprised by its playability right out of the box. The only adjustments i had to do was tune the strings and about a half turn on the intonation on the E string. I adjust intonation to the 17th frett, so this was really just a minor adjustment. All the others were bang on.

Overall, it's a fantastic bass at a nice price for the features.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I was surprised.

I was quite surprised when I removed the back cover. The printed circuit board was dangling loose inside. It was not mounted to anything. Just laying on a bunch of wires. Now,...Read complete review

I was quite surprised when I removed the back cover. The printed circuit board was dangling loose inside. It was not mounted to anything. Just laying on a bunch of wires. Now, you might think that's acceptable. Yes, for a very cheap bass. But I have another same model Lakland to compare against. On that one, the PCB is secured to a bracket by two screws. And there is a grounding shielding foil making a contact with the foil on the cover. This new bass doesn't have any of that. I also noticed that the older one is made in Korea. The new one is made in Malaysia. Very bad for Lakland.

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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

I was surprised.

By Time keeper.

from Chicago

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

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

    I was quite surprised when I removed the back cover. The printed circuit board was dangling loose inside. It was not mounted to anything. Just laying on a bunch of wires. Now, you might think that's acceptable. Yes, for a very cheap bass. But I have another same model Lakland to compare against. On that one, the PCB is secured to a bracket by two screws. And there is a grounding shielding foil making a contact with the foil on the cover. This new bass doesn't have any of that. I also noticed that the older one is made in Korea. The new one is made in Malaysia. Very bad for Lakland.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    All the features i could want

    By theCleaver

    from Shelton, Wa

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great bang for the buck
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Praise and Worship
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

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

      I've played bass in church for many years and recently was looking for a new bass. I compiled a list of features that i know i wanted and this Lakland has all of them with a reasonable price: 5 string, 35in scale, tooless battery change, active/passive switch, body and bridge through strings, and the wood combos.

      Tonally, this thing is very nice, and very versitile. I have played praise and worship, country, and rock on this thing, and it does them well.

      One thing to keep in mind; if you string through the body, you need to buy extended length strings, and unfortunately that reduces your string options. For example, i love the Slinky Cobalt strings, but those can only go through the bridge on this bass.

      This was the first bass i bought online, i typically perfer going to a shop and trying several out before making a purchase. I have to say i was pleasently surprised by its playability right out of the box. The only adjustments i had to do was tune the strings and about a half turn on the intonation on the E string. I adjust intonation to the 17th frett, so this was really just a minor adjustment. All the others were bang on.

      Overall, it's a fantastic bass at a nice price for the features.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow !

      By pamela holmes - jackson

      from New York City in the Jamaica Funk boro of Queens

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

      I like the string through the body option. I feel it allows more of the woods tones to come through and give more power to the over all sound. The coil phase switch is a bit weak. I would have like a stronger signal to reveal more tone. thats it everthing else is great.
      I own both the 5501 and the 5502 . They are two voices distinked one to the other . I owned the 01 first . What a kikcking bass, I can dial in great smooth lows and still produce cut through it all pops and plucks. The 5502 has a presence that everyone on the band stand can here. People have said to me" Your playing a different bass today? I can here it, the sound is different " I have now in my hands the ability to produce the emotions I feel and the sounds I here in my mind with these basses. All the good things said about these basses are ture and then some. Money WELL spent.
      JT bass player Jamaica NY

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One Great Sounding Bass

      By StudioAce

      from Dallas, Texas USA

      See all my reviews

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

      I got the Lakland 55-02 five string bass for Christmas this year and after using it on a few shows this bass sounds awesome. Although I changed the cheap rubber knobs out with some nice Tulip wood knobs that I turned myself, they really set the cherry burst finish off. I had to adjust the neck and the string height but after that it fells like a dream. The new Lakland pickups have a fat bottom sound and work well with the new LH preamp.I have gotten nothing but great compliments on how well the bass sounds. All the Band members and Sound men just love the sound. It's kind of a cross between a Jazz and a Musicman bass. Nice big sound for rock and a good jazz bass sound and feel for slapping.The Bass is well built and has some better features than the Fenders. The bridge seems better that the Fenders and the stringd go through the body.All in All This is a very nice Bass and if you have the funds It should be a good investment and last a long time.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Lakland 55-02

      By Bassix08

      from Melbourne,Australia

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

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

      Nicely weighted.Looks and feels good. Though I feel that sometimes the sound is a bit hollow through a MB CMD102, but then maybe I need a bit of time to set the tone. However there is a bit of fret buzz around the 12th fret only on the first string, which a fret dress should fix - else everything else is good value for money - cheers

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This bass rocks!

      By Bigbassgroove

      from The Lone Star State

      See all my reviews

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

      This is one of the best basses I have ever played and I have played several. I tried the 55-01 earlier this year and didn't like the sound I got out of it at all, but I liked the way it felt. This is a totally different animal. This pickup configuration with the Bartolini pre amp is awesome. This will definitely become my main gigging axe and I might even have to have another as a back up.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this thing!

      By Manzanita Mark

      from Salem, OR

      See all my reviews

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

      Bought this a year ago having never picked one up to feel or play. Awsome. Simply awsome! My only concern is the frets trimmed a little long, and it can be a surprise if you aren't ready for that, hence the 4.5 stars, not 5. Nothing a fret file can't handle. Otherwise, this thing rocks with tone and quality. People love coming up and looking at it, not seeing many around the area.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outstanding...

      By TheAeroKid

      from Northern Virginia

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

      A fine instrument that sounds as good as it looks. Foreign-made, USA-finished and setup. The sound-shaping options are fantastic; blending the dual active pickups and setting the 3-band pre-amp gives you almost any sound you want. Though the frets are very small, the neck is super comfortable and playing it feels way better than other "high-quality" basses like Warwicks. Minor issues are the lack of a battery switch (I don't like having to unplug it all the time, but it's common) and the taperwound 5th string is a bit too floppy for slap. Overall good quality for the price and it's a dream to look at and play.

       
      5.0

      Superb Bass!

      By Lakland Rocks

      from Guatemala City

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

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

        Everything about the bass is great, the tones that come out of this bass are great, sounds and feels like a professional bass (i guess it is). The neck is wide, great for slapping. 35" inch scale, the low B sounds great, no buzzing.

         
        5.0

        Top Performing bass

        By roadcat

        from mesa, az

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • fret sprout- sharp edges

        Best Uses

        • broadway shows
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

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

        I am a more "mature" (older) bassist with more than 20 years of Broadway show touring, recording sessions for jingles and movie scores, etc. I have several "high end" basses costing twice the price (Sadowsky, Roscoe, Bossa) and this imported version of the Lakland 55-02 can keep up basses costing twice the price. Only issue that I have dealt with is "fret sprout" right out of the box. That is the condition where the wood is shrinking slightly because of the dryness (low humidity) differential from where the bass was constructed. I contacted Brian @ Lakland and he immediately responded. He told me to get the frets filed by a competent repair-person and they would reimburse me for that amount. In all fairness, I have had other basses that developed this condition and it is a low cost repair bill. Other than that, the bass plays great, balances well on a strap (not a "neck-diver") and gets a wide range of tonal variations. Also love that you can change the "q" of the mid range via dip-switches in the internal cavity. Compare it with top USA basses and it comes off as a bargain.

         
        5.0

        Cb

        By CLAUDE

        from undisclosed

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

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

          One of the best basses I have ever played. Fender jazz bass might have to step its game up.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great bass but neck pick up doesn't work

          By Big L

          from Bahrain

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Recording

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

            Packaging was fine, bass is fine except that the neck pick up doesn't work

             
            4.0

            Excellent Bass

            By Bucky Brown

            from Lafayette LA-(new Orleans )

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Pc Board Wmid Dip Switch
            • Sits Loose In Control Cav
            • Tuners Are Bit Flimsy

            Best Uses

            • Anywhere-
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

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

            The Lakland 55-02 is a great versatile bass- I have a older (2006) one that has bartolinis &
            It sounds really close to the new 55-02 Indonesia version. The Indonesia has the
            4 click switch for mids---nice feature-you can get P bass or Jazz bass
            And Stingray tones quickly-( I have one of each also)-
            This is the most versatile & comfortable playing 5 string bass ever-
            Got a great deal on a blemish -
            This is my workhorse -may change out tuners in future-

             
            5.0

            Skyline Deluxe 55-02 5-String Bass

            By jc

            from Fl.

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Excellent Craftmanship
            • Excellent Design
            • Fast Shipping
            • Worth More Than It Cost

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Any Skill Level
            • Beginer
            • Professional

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

            I recieved this from Musicians Friend on 11-26-2013. Some ash body basses are heavey, this one seems light to me, 9 to 9.5 pound range. The 19mm spaceing works well for me. Very professional articulate sounding bass, from J bass Marcus Miller tone to the thick p bass rock and roll tone. The 3 band eq with blend, coil selector switch, active or passive knob makes this a steal at 1,499.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great rig

            By mock

            from newfoundland

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Small Venues

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

            i have a lakland deluxe
            its a great guitar
            light
            easy to play
            -a little fret buz also
            but i have really low action [maximum low ]
            im buying another in a few minutes lol sunburst

             
            4.0

            Great bass

            By Cmac

            from sacramento, ca

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recording

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

              Absolutely amazing bass I would recommend all serious bass players to purchase this bass guitar. So many tone options , definitely not a one-dimensional bass you can play several styles of music with this.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Funky Unique Piano Clarity Tone!!!!

              By avirtuosoguitarist4life

              from Fremont, CA.

              See all my reviews

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

              This 5-String Bass is A MUST HAVE! When I started with Ernie Ball 5-String Sting Ray, I Loooooooved that monstrous, bold, tonality. But when I started to play funk on it, the pickups gave it a twangy sound. I didn't quite like it. But after saving up for a new bass, I went a local store to look and try all kinds of basses. First, in mind, Pedulla was fairly nice, but too heavy. When I saw a customer brought this model Lakland 55-02 Deluxe Tobacco colored bass. Looking at it made me drool. (I don't like tabacco-colored guitars) The shape made me drool. I saw them bring it in and hang it on the wall for sale. He said that it was a trade in. So I thought to myself it is a must to try it out! OOOhhhhhhhh! THe sound, clarity, full monstrous Sting Ray-like punch, but even better, I drooled all over the guitar. I actually did. I had to buy it!!!!!!

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Bass

              By SPYDER-utBQU

              from Cape Girardeau, MO

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

              The minute I picked this bass up, I couldn't put it down. It has such a versatile range of sounds that I'm bypassing my Ampeg SVT 3 Pro's preamp altogether. No matter what the style of music, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Hip-hop; I have always been able to dial in the sound perfectly. Great Buy!

               
              5.0

              bob_krk

              By bob_krk

              from amarillo tx

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

              This is easily one of the most toneful and roadworthy basses I have ever owened. Funk, gospel, metal, jazz, it doesn't matter this bass can cover it all. I have had this bass for over two years. I play it out five times a week, and I can't find somthing it is not good at.The passive electronics are awsome, active are even better. Slap, finger- style, jazz bass, stingray, you won't be dissapointed.

               
              5.0

              Flipping Awesome

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

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

              I bought this bass to replace my Fender Squire P-Bass. I play for a traveling ministry team, so this bass is played several times every weekend, not counting practices. The sound is truly amazing. Everyone in my band is amazed by what this bass can sound like. Also, the bass feels amazing. It's just flat out smooth. I picked it up for the first time and felt like I had already been playing it for years. Great Bass, worth the money for sure.

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