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Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass 7655

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It provides thumpin' bass tone through an MM pickup in the bridge position and a traditional-style single-coil pickup at the neck. The MM has a coil ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Famous Lakland quality at an affordable price.

It provides thumpin' bass tone through an MM pickup in the bridge position and a traditional-style single-coil pickup at the neck. The MM has a coil splitter to maximize tonal range. The neck is quarter-sawn maple and features graphite reinforcement bars and a maple fretboard. The body is made of swamp ash. Hipshot UltraLight tuners. 35" scale. Lakland Dual Access bridge. Controls include cut and boost; 3-band EQ; panning-style pickup blend; master volume (with pullout for preamp bypass); and 3-way, bridge-pickup coil-tap toggle. Includes hardshell case.

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
  • MM pickup-in the bridge position and a single Traditional single-coil pickup at the neck
  • MM pickup has a coil splitter to maximize tonal range
  • Neck is quarter-sawn maple
  • Features graphite reinforcement bars and an East Indian rosewood fretboard
  • Swamp ash body
  • Hipshot UltraLight tuners
  • 35" scale
  • Dual access bridge
  • Controls include cut & boost, 3-band EQ, panning-style pickup blend, master volume (with pullout for preamp bypass), and 3-way bridge-pickup coil-tap toggle
  • Includes case
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LaklandDeluxe 55-94 5-String Bass
 
4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A superlative bass by any standard

By Eamonn O'Regan

from Ireland

Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

At this level I would like to see straplocks fitted as standard and the rubberised control knobs replaced by something more solid yet equally aesthetically pleasing. The accompanying user leaflet -not really a manual- shows how to get Fender sounds but I do not percieve this bass as a Fender substitute- while Fender's basses produce classic sounds, the 55-94 Deluxe will give a very decent rendition of same, but I would like the accompanying manual stress the very capable sounds unique to this bass. (perhaps, to be fair, Lakland has already addressed this).That said, the owner will likely have sussed this out for him/herself. I have a Fender and it has its place.

Think Mercedes here: superlative engineering, amazing sounds, classic looks, oozing quality. A bespoke bass by any standards with outstanding playing feel.
There are reviews out there of this bass that are written by players more skilled with the pen than I.
This is one superbly crafted instrument with amazing playability and sounds and it looks stunning. Mine has a quilted maple top and birdseye maple fingerboard on a very playable ,smooth and, for a 5, relatively narrow neck. Fretwork, controls and hardware are top-notch. There is no evidence of any corners cut here, it is an artisan-level instrument.
It is of light weight and oozes quality. This bass is expensive new but I've played them all and it's fairly safe to say that it's quite likely one of the very best you can buy, it really is that good. It has a huge range of easily accessible sounds and the low 'B' is taut, due to a 35'' scale.
The Lakland 55-94 has to be about as good as it gets-I've been gigging mine for a few years now.
There have been no issues whatsoever. This is a bass you'll keep, a serious professional-grade piece of kit. Truly an outstanding instrument, of that I have no doubt at all.
Outstanding quality and exhibits a well-engineered feel. For example, the headstock is reassuringly thick, adding to sustain, the hardware is excellent as is electrical shielding (copper), bolt-on but extreemely solid neck/body join,etc,-the list goes on. Output jack-perfect, no issues in a sometimes Achilles heel of basses.
What are you paying for? An exquisite instrument and quite possibly the finest expression of the luthier's art combined with, I'm assuming, computer-aided production methods.
If you define value as what you get divided by what you pay then yes, I have to score this bass high on value.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One fine bass

By Special K Man

from San Antonio, TX

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Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

I upgraded from a Skyline 44-02 because I loved the Lakland quality and I really wanted a 5-string. The fifth string really adds a lot to my playing ability. The 35 inch scale produces a beautiful rich B String. I played with it a Christmas concert with a professional pianist and the sound guy couldn't get over the bass coming through the system. This guitar is really magnificent. It is well built, sounds incredible, and is really fun to play. I have about 6 bass guitars but I rarely play anything but this one. It will spoil you. Yes, it's expensive but I believe it is well worth it.

(4 of 50 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

lakland a kit bass

By deep 7

from ok

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Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

they buy there bodies from a company in florida. the sand them in there shop. they send them to cali to get finished.they buy there neck woods from canada. they have another shop that frets the necks. so are these made in one shop no this is what we call a kit bass a bass made from diffrent parts all around the world. so with this in mind sopmthing this much should cost alot less.i hvae owned 2 laklands and while they are good ,when i found this out i was dissapointed.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Serious Pro bass worth the $$.

By Bliksim

from Cocoa Fl.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

    My lackland 55-94 was made in 1999 when Dan owned the company. I have played this bass for many years while owning 2 Tobias Classics an MTD 535's a Zon bass, a 61 P and a 76 Musicman Stingray. They all gone but the Lackland I still own. It is by far one of the best Ive owned. Its ability to handle any gig is one of its forte's.Both passive and active it captures the sound of any band you work with. I cant see any regrets buying one. I,m not saying all those other basses weren't as good but non of them could do both the modern and traditional sound that is often required on a gig. If you had to go out and blow some cash on a bass i dont think you can go wrong with a US 55-94 lackland. Try finding a used one. No one sells them.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Lakland Rocks but this is exepensive...

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

    I played at the store the 55-02 model and blows me away! Actually I'm saving money to buy the 55-02 model (the best bass I've ever played. Stop your searching and buy now a lakland!) BUT maybe someone that owned or tested the 55-94 can explain me why is soooooooo expensive this model? i'm trying to figure out why the price is far beyond to the 55-02 model because the set-up and features are the same... but if you have the money to afford this model don't waste your time and buy now.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Still a pipe dream

    By OfficialBlackwater

    from Bentonville, AR

    Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

    I actually own a Skyline 44-02, but walked into a local music store and there in the high middle sat a teal burst 55-94. Holding it felt amazing, nothing like the 44-02 or any other 5-string I've played. I hooked up to an Ampeg SVT4pro and 810 classic. I didn't even touch the head, just the bass eq. The tone was so warm it could melt butter. If you have the money, try it, buy it... you won't regret it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth the wait

    By Steve-q7iIT

    from Hamilton, Ohio

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    Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

    Previously used a Skyline 55-02 for 3 years. I ordered my 55-94 Deluxe,I recived it Jun 06. Went right out on tour starting that summer. Right out of the hard shell case this bass felt like a dream. Great workmanship and detail. Dan and John thank you LDH

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Probably the best 5

    By bassiveguitar

    from Newcastle, Australia

    Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

    I bought my Lakland 55-94 Deluxe in teal burst from a mate of mine. Also owning a MusicMan Stingray 5 & Fender Marcus Miller Jazz 5, this is in my opinion one of the best 5's available today. This baby honestly changed the way I play, you only need the lightest touch to achieve some of the phatest tones I have heard. I used the 55-94 at a large concert (where I was the house bassist) with one of the worlds best sound guys, pumping through state of the art L-Acoustic line array speakers. The sound guy was blown away by the sound, he couldn't believe how consistent the bass was changing from note to note, while maintaining a phat, clear & detailed sound. Almost for got to mention - this bass has a 35" scale, resulting in HUGE sustain & the most tightest & focused B string ever realized. Not to mention the tonal versatility. I could go on forever about this bass, but I won't! Would be very surprised is anyone was disappointed with this bass. Check out the awesome Jackie Clark on YouTube grooving the 55-94 by checking the first hit when searching "angie stone live in amsterdam"

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome 5 string

    By Jazzbassjohn

    from New York

    Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

    Nice feel, Clear B-string, Wide range of effective tones....

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    for a beter resolts use dr long neck strings

    By ANDREW ANASTAZIO JR

    from queens (nyc)

    Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

    I have owned a 55-94 deluxe a yer already and i heaven't seen a bass with this kind of b flat also the possibility to turn from a fender j bass to a musicman is amazing, that gives a tremendous batton, perfect mids, and amazing highs that makes the lakland comparable to top line basses i have played for an affordable price.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Mmmm..Lakland

    By Tim Denbo

    from Nashville

    Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

    I've owned my Deluxe 55-94 for over 4 and a half years now, and I cannot find another bass that I would want over my Lakland. It's the perfect balance of feel, tone and versatility. Every engineer that's ever recorded it can't stop talking about how great the bass sounds on tape (or hard disc). Highly recommended bass.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    All In One

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

    Hi I've been playing bass for 30 yrs. I've never had a bass that is as versital as my 55-94 lakland. You get a very good J-bass sound, Musicman, And it seems to have a sound of its own.Ilove the neck ,string spacing and the overall feel of this bass is better than a lot of basses out there today. I own a ken smith, a fender jazz bass, but now I like playing this lakland because of it being so versital. It has a mean b-string, great for slapping, fingering, whatever you want to do you can do it with a lakland. EXCELLENT BASS. By the way I am a gospel bass player, and you can praise Him on this instrument. JOHN

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bootyliscious

    By Phat Daddy-Q4j4J

    from Tampa Bay, FL

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    Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

    I've owned the deluxe 55-94 for a year now, and man, have I put it to the test in gig situations.It was perfect out of the box--perfect setup, fit and finish, exquisite woods, and some of the nicest birdseye and quilt maple I've ever seen. The Lakland and Hipshot hardware are top-notch, and the active Barts are very well matched to the woods. All eq points are useful and clean, and the pickups have high output and really deliver the tone. In a gig setting, the bass proves rigorous yet elegant, and does all the Leo Fender tones with zest, yet has a tone all its own with the pickups at center detent and the both coils of the humbucker on. I would recommend this bass to any live and/or session players looking for an axe that does it all and does it well.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Lakland 55-94

    By Seansbrew

    from Mesa, AZ

    Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

    I have owned my Lakland 55-94 for less than a year and have all but stopped playing it. The quality and craftsmanship of these basses is superb and the attention to detail (except for the fact that they forgot to shield the cavity cover) is awesome as one should expect for the prices that are being charged for them. The bass has good balance and a roomy neck; it is one of the most comfortable basses I have played. The sound of this bass is good but not at all what I would expect from a boutique bass, I have had trouble finding the right midrange voicing and find the bass to be somewhat muddy at times. I have tried different strings, setups and even amps but still cannot find the tone I prefer with this bass.I have played many a much lower end bass and found an equal and for the most part superior tone for half the cost. I will have to say that I am not impressed with the tone of these basses whatsoever; in my opinion they are not worth the money. I have come to find out I am not alone in this; I have talked to many people that feel the same way about their 55-94.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Lifetime Investment

    By PhattestPhunk4Ever

    from California, USA

    Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

    Hi, I don't understand why other people are complaining about this boutique bass guitar is worth the money. Just remember that You get what you pay for. Also please use Ernie Ball or DR Strings for a better tone. I highly suggest to use a Carvin Redline Series Bass Amp, because if you try this setting out, you won't regret.Or if you have more money, go for an Ampeg Amplifier, I highly suggest when you have a high-end bass guitar go purchase a high-end bass amp that meets your tonal requirement.Remember, bass guitars are made of wood, so take very good care of your gear that really impacts the sound quality. And change your strings frequently I change mine once a week because I am an active musician. I use Ernie Ball.A well-taken care of child will grow strong.Same thing with this bass guitar.So try this out before you say anything.

     
    5.0

    It has a sweet tone, it's very punchy.

    By Lakman

    from México

    Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

    If you have the money, buy it! It has a sweet tone, it's very punchy.

     
    5.0

    Best bass period

    By Dave-Xz61e

    from Mexico

    Comments about Lakland Deluxe 55-94 5-String Bass:

    It will blow your brains out, it has a sweet tone, very punchy, you can play any musical style, very versatil bass, I have tried warwicks, Ken smiths, fender,and even sadowskys, and lakland is still my favorite.

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