Great all around bass! And they back what the sell
Background - I typically bring two basses to every gig; a 4 and 5'er. The low B makes it with some of the old school rock and funk, and mellower ballads by our diva. After playing a number of 5's, my curiosity finally lead me to 35" necks, and specifically to Lakland. With a very few exceptions, everything I found about Lakland and Skyliness was good. So I ponied up and took the plunge.
I own this bass. The 55-02 I received is a solid, good looking, well-built instrument. It was impressive out of the box,(although really, not even a cheap gig bag?). The maple neck was clean, straight and true, with a gun oil and wax finish. It is my first rig with pleking and it appears to be the real deal; the bass just feels and plays good. The pre-amp provides all the tone and variations I need, although it’s about mid-level quality in my experience. It's weaker than the MusicMan pre-amp, and stronger than the Fender AS Deluxe J unit.
My 55-02 weighs in at 8 lbs. 11 oz., less than my other fives. What really sold this guitar for me, and why I bought it in the first place, is the 35" neck. The additional distance\string tension makes the B playable, nails the D, and I use it all the time instead of an open E. I alos find myself using it a lot on the higher end as well.
IMHO, the Lakland is surprisingly easy to play, and I've had none of the difficulty some have mentioned adjusting to the length, nor going back and forth between a 34 and 35. The Lakland 55-02 is a great all around 5 string that I can easily recommend!!
Side Note – Additional Props. to Sweetwater and Lakland: A couple of months after the purchase, the pre-amp went out. Sweetwater immediately sent me a pre-paid mailing label, and checked out the bass. Their techs sent the bass on to Lakland, who replaced the pre-amp and direct shipped it back. All this was done quickly, friendly, with progress updates, and absolutely no hassle. How you handle things that come up show your character as a staff and as a company. Sweetwater and Lakland are doing things right.