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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Lakland guitars

Laker

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May 7th, 2019 05:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

I am curious if anyone has tried one of the guitars that are being produced in Chicago by Lakland. I’ve been playing one of their 55-94 basses for twenty years and have always felt it to be a high quality, well playing bass. Back maybe fifteen years ago when Dan Lakin was still involved with the company I played a Lakland guitar prototype at the old Dominick Street plant and felt it was a nicely done instrument.

Lakland 65-S

(This message was last edited by Laker at 11:17 AM, May 7th, 2019)

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May 7th, 2019 07:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’d never heard of them until right now.

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May 7th, 2019 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

They appear to be good quality. Never seen or played one.

I've had Lakland's version of the Precision Bass for years, and it's a peach of a player. It sounds great, despite my ham-fisted capabilities as a bass player.

Laker

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May 7th, 2019 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don’t know why Dan never marketed that Lakland guitar that I saw so many years ago. I have always felt the quality of the basses was right up there with the best since I’ve been playing them since ‘99. Here’s a grainy photo that was taken in the original Lakland workshop of head luthier Carl Pedigo and my...

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May 7th, 2019 12:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

The bass player in our band bought a Lakland short scale hollow body (HB30) this past winter and has been playing it almost exclusively, it's not suited for a funk slap style player, but it's laid out nice and it's easy for him to grab some good tones from. He has a Music Man, P bass, Rick, and Smith but the HB 30 is his main player these days.

I've never seen a Lakland 6 string before the link by the OP but they are getting some pretty good money for that guitar, I imagine it's a pretty nice instrument and my friends bass is a good sounding/quality instrument as well.


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Planet Peegoo

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May 7th, 2019 01:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm guessing they never went forward with the guitar line early on because they were a small operation. Expanding a product range without company growth usually results in a drop in quality across the product line.

I think they made the right call because their basses have always received good reviews.

Laker

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May 7th, 2019 02:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I know that the current owners of the Lakland name wind some of their own pickups for the bass guitars but unsure about the six stringers.


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May 9th, 2019 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think 810wmb still has one, at least he did at one time. He always gave me the impression they were some of the best bass guitars he had ever played. He doesn't post any more but I think he is still a member.

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May 9th, 2019 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Here’s a grainy photo that was taken in the original Lakland workshop of head luthier Carl Pedigo and my..."

That photo is so grainy it looks like that bass has more strings than it ought to. ;-)

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May 9th, 2019 08:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

That thing looks huge.



Laker

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May 9th, 2019 11:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

“That photo is so grainy it looks like that bass has more strings than it ought to. ;-)”

I said she was a grainy photo. When my IPad changed its size due to editing I knew it was gonna be funky, but just count the tuners and you’ll see five.

As a bass player I’ve always felt the 55-94 Lakland was a quality instrument that ranked right up there with the Sadowski’s and Fodera’s, and other boutique basses. I really look forward to hearing a critique of the Lakland guitars to see if they live up to the quality the basses are known for.

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May 10th, 2019 08:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I said she was a grainy photo. When my IPad changed its size due to editing I knew it was gonna be funky, but just count the tuners and you’ll see five."

I think you missed the (admittedly poor) joke.

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