Lakland Bass Guitars

Skyline Series 55-02

Seen on the world’s largest stages, the 55-02 has an active punch that will drive your sound clearly through any mix, with ‘best in class’ tonality for a versatile and refined fit for any playing situation.

  • Features 35″ scale neck for better B string tone and tight, deep bottom
  • Features Lakland hand-wound LH3 pickups and onboard preamp
  • Available in Deluxe and Custom models

The LH3 pickups (wound in our shop in Chicago) and onboard preamp are the same components you’ll find in our legendary USA Series 55-94. (powered by a single 9-volt battery that can be changed by removing a simple snap-on battery cover – no screws to lose!) Internal dip switches let you select the midrange boost/cut frequency.

The neck is the same 35” scale, profile and spec as our USA series 55-94 which has won over legions of professionals because of its great feel, string spacing and most importantly, a B string with tight punchy clarity that lives with the other 4 strings in perfect harmony.

Deluxe Model – The 55-02 Deluxe adds a Quilted Maple veneer natural finish top as well as an Indian Laurel fingerboard.

Custom Model – All the same great attributes as the 55-02 but now available in the following custom color and fingerboard options:

  • Pearl White with matching headstock color and a bound Maple fingerboard with pearl block inlays.
  • Ice Blue Metallic with matching headstock color and an un-bound Maple fingerboard with Pearl and Abalone block inlays.

Skyline Series basses are sold exclusively through our network of local and online distributors.  See our Dealer Page to find your nearest Lakland outlet and a list of online Lakland retailers. Please contact us at for assistance outside the USA.

Bruce J. Bennett plays a Lakland Skyline Series 55-02 five string bass

Artists who play a Skyline Series 55-02

Bruce J. Bennett

Plays with: Western Justice

Clif "Bassclif" Stewart

Plays with: Hitsville Revue, The Gerald McClendon Band

Cuneyt Karayalcin

Plays with: Murat Boz

Dave Coy

Plays with: Burt Bacharach

Frank Russell

Plays with: Bassist Bandleader and co writer for Ladysmith Black Mambazo for Lindiwe Frank Russell Limited Edition Signature Bass.

George Moye

Plays with: The Bernard Allison Group

Gervais Koffi

Plays with: Gervais Koffi and the African Diaspora

Irvin Johnson

Plays with: The Heavenly Stars

Jacob Miranda

Plays with: Sister Speak, Liquid Blue Party Band, Session Player

James Hertless

Plays with: Josh Abbott Band

Jeff Novack

Plays with: Engelbert Humperdinck

Jeffrey Arnold

Plays with: Austin Hicks

Jeffrey Carney

Plays with: Bobby McFerrin, Barbra Streisand

John Dillard

Plays with: Stephanie Mills, Queen Latifah

Lee Allen Zeno

Plays with: Buckwheat Zydeco


November - 2014

“… easily up there with Sadowsky Metros… and when you think of the huge price difference Lakland Skylines start to make sense… and their B string will smoke any, and i mean any Sadowsky. Come to think of it… of any bass ever.”


August - 2017

“…an affordable high-quality instrument with unbeatable versatility.”

Bass Emporium




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Nut width 1.81”
Fret size .041/.085”
Width at final fret 3.3″
1st fret neck depth .81”
12th fret neck depth .92″
Fingerboard radius 10-13″
Scale length 35”
Frets 22
Bridge string spacing .75”
Neck wood Flat-sawn Maple with graphite reinforcement bars
Body wood Ash
Fingerboard wood
  • Maple
  • Indian Laurel
  • Ebony lined fretless
Tuners Hipshot Ultralites
Truss rod access Neck heel: 4mm hex
Controls Cut and boost: bass, midrange, treble, panning-style pickup blend control, Master volume (pull for tone control bypass)  3-way bridge pickup coil tap toggle
Bridge Lakland Dual Access (through body or through bridge)
Preamp Lakland LH3
Pickups Lakland MM-J configuration
Left handed Not available