Laklands are "it!" for me
This is my third Lakland (all Skylines), my first one from Indonesia, and my first bass purchased from Sweetwater. I played a Korean DJ4 when they first came out in 2004, but walked home with an HB instead. Then the DJ's were discontinued, and then they came back, so I had an opportunity to pick one up again! I picked this up from the guitar gallery in May this year (2012).
I love this bass! I've been playing a Jerry Scheff skyline as my main ax for several years. The DJ is quite different (passive, 21 frets, blocks and binding, 1.5" at nut), but she's grown on me, and gets almost equal playing time as the Scheff. The things I love about this bass:
- the neck heal, great access all the way up to 21st fret.
- 21 frets vs. 20 on most jazz basses (full 3 octave range)
- the small medium frets (like all Laklands - nice vintage feel)
- the Hanson J-style pickups have a very nice tone and good output
- the controls and pickups give quite a range of sounds
- she's a looker! Blocks and binding, matching headstock.
- the thru-body bridge
- lake placid blue and pearl white pg are a favorite
- pretty light - 8 lbs 9 oz. Can wear it all night.
- that J sound!
Given it's Plek'd, I can get an insanely low action (2/64" on G), which is actually too low for me (unless I play light all the time - which I can't). Have it set for a progressive height, 3/64" on G to 4.5/64" on E (0.5" more each string), and there is zero buzz. This Indo Skyline is just as nice as my Korean Skylines, and quite the value.
Laklands are my favorite, and I'm trying to decide if I need yet another one and what to get. The Sweetwater experience was great (thanks, Ben), and I've since bought a Zoom H2n and will be back for some other things soon.