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A 'ch ea p as ch ip s' price d o esn't have to m ean a substandard
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The Gallery (Camden)
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akland basses are well revered: for a period in the late 90s
to the mid-00s, they were everywhere. Indeed, most players
of note and profile at that time could be seen sporting one.
Trends change but quality does not, and although this latest
offering from the budget-friendly Skyline series originates
from Indonesia, don't let that fool you into thinking you
know what to expect.
BU ILD Q UALITY
Well it looks like a Lakland, that's for certain, with its rounded
curves and quasi-Fender/Music Man body style. The eye-catching,
but thin, spalted maple top over a two-piece ash body with gloss
finish does the business in grabbing one's attention. The classic
natural look works well with the rosewood fingerboard, which
comes with front position markers in a clay-like colouring and
white side-markers. The body cutaways are appropriately shaped,
with the lower cutaway offering more access to the neck than the
upper one. There are some slim gaps around the five-bolt neck
attachment, but the neck feels secure and solid, so this may just be a
minor finishing issue.
The significant body dimensions give the instrument a solid,
substantial feel, while the top body chamfer and rear contouring
make it a really comfortable bass to wear, with no balance issues.
The rounded, slim D-shaped neck profile, satin finish and general
feeling of having been played in a bit give this bass a great feel.
The neck is fantastically playable with its 19mm string spacing,
no sharp fret edges in evidence and sleekness without the clinical
nature or 'stickiness' of being new. This may be a cheaper model in
the Lakland product range, but someone has designed and crafted a
wonderful neck here, and the set-up is the icing on the cake.
The hefty chrome Lakland bridge offers through-body or through-
bridge stringing, a nice feature at this price, while the Hipshot
Ultralite machine heads are finished in brushed chrome: these
improve the instrument's balance and turn smoothly as you'd expect
with this brand. The black, five-control layout comprises volume
(with a push/pull facility for active/passive operation), pickup pan
and a three-band EQ. A flip-top battery compartment has been used,
which is always useful, and although the control cavity is a little
messy, there is some shielding and it looks functional.
SOUNDS AND P LA Y A B ILITY
This bass feels so great to play, and thankfully it has the sounds to
match. Even with the EQ set flat, this bass has a real character to
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