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Review: Lakland Skyline 44-51 Precision Bass
By Ty Campbell
Bass Frontiers Staff Writer
October 6, 2012
The Lakland Skyline 44-51 Precision Bass truly defines how a P-bass should look, feel and sound. Exceptional playability with a smooth neck and Lakland’s own custom designed pickup make this bass really stand out. I had to look a few times to make sure there wasn’t an active preamp installed as the pickups produce enough volume, tone and clarity to make you think that there has to be one somewhere. I have played this bass on quite a few gigs since it has arrived, and I must say, it does not disappoint. It works with all styles from jazz, rock, R&B, country, and others as well.
The Lakland Skyline is made with a lot of similar specs as the US series. The body is ash, and the neck is rock maple with a plek’d maple fingerboard. The truss rod is accessible via the neck heel, the tuners are licensed hipshot ultra-lite with an optional D-tuner, and the controls are volume and tone, as is standard on almost all P-basses The pickup is the Lakland Split Coil NeoPunch Hum Canceller, which produces the vintage tone that P-bass players want. The Lakland 44-51 Skyline only comes with a butterscotch finish, however, there are several finishes available in the 44-51 US series.
Strings on the Lakland 44-51 can be run either through the body or the bridge, however, if you are using flat wounds, I wouldn’t recommend running them through the body as they may break. Lakland does make strings for their basses, and this one came with Lakland flat wound custom medium weight bass strings. Lakland has always produced high quality basses and the Skyline 44-51 fits into this category. Check out one at a Lakland dealers near you!