"IT iSN 'T DiFFiGULT TO UNDERSTAND WHY LAKLAND
B A SSES W ERE THE INSTRUM ENT OF GHOIGE FOR SO MANY
PLAYERS, AND STILL A R E"
its natural tone, almost like
a signature raspiness: this
doesn't go away no matter how
you EQ it. Thankfully none
of the EQ is overpowering or
extreme, it all sounds natural
and useful with just the right
selection of preset frequencies
on the circuit. These enhance
the natural characteristics of
the instrument. If a smooth
and rounded bass performance
is your thing, this is easily
achievable, but if you like to
have an identifiable tone that
stands out and rises above the
band mix, head straight for
that mid control.
Panning between each
pickup, it is clear that each
unit has a signature tone,
yet there is no loss of signal
strength or authority from
either pickup, rather a consistency of tone that is replicated across
each string. This bass is no shrinking violet, let me tell you: it didn't
seem to matter what style of playing I threw at it, from pounding
rock pedalling, a smidgeon of pick attack, groovy, funk-laden lines
or fat reggae-style bass-heavy tunes, this bass really does cut
the mustard. Although the treble EQ isn't glass-shattering in its
percussiveness, for some players that may be a preference - and
it's a small quibble considering how well this instrument performs
across all the bases. The active/passive switching is also a bonus
and the output level is perfectly usable without having to radically
change your amp settings.
CONCLUSION
Be under no illusion, this bass is seriously good value for money,
whether in terms of the tones on offer, the level of comfort or its
playability. Visually, it's classic and modern looking at the same
time, with enough bling to make you notice it without being too in-
your-face. You really couldn't go far wrong with this bass, and as it
lends itself so well to any playing style or context, it isn't difficult to
understand why Lakland basses were the instrument of choice for
so many players, and still are. I have no hesitation in recommending
this bass for the money: it really is that good.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
P R IC E I £749
M A D E IN I Indonesia
B O D Y I Two-piece ash core with spalted
maple top
N E C K |
Flat sawn maple, 34-inch scale
I
N E C K J O IN T |
Bolt-on, five-bolt
attachment
N U T W ID T H |
41mm
F IN G E R B O A R D |
Rosewood
F R E T S | 22
P IC K U P S |
Two Bartolini MK-1 split-coil
soapbars
E L E C T R O N IC S |
Active Bartolini MK-1
three-band EQ
C O N T R O L S |
Volume (push/pull for active/
passive mode), pickup pan, bass, middle,
treble
H A R D W A R E |
Lakland bridge, Hipshot
Ultralite brushed chrome machine heads
W E IG H T |
4.5kg
C A S E /G IG B A G IN C L U D E D ? |
No
L E F T -H A N D O P T IO N A V A IL A B L E ? |
No
WHAT WE THINK
P L U S |
Great price, amazing playability, a
w ide tonal palette and fab looks
M IN U S |
No left-handed option
O V E R A L L |
There is nothing to gripe about,
this is a wonderful bass at a wonderful
price. Buy with confidence
BGM RATING
BU
ILD
QUAL
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[ T T T T T T T T T 1
SOUND
QUAL
ITY
VALUE
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BASS GUITAR MAGAZINE
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