Lakland Skyline J Sonic 5-String - Aztec Gold

5-string Electric Bass with Ash Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fretboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - Aztec Gold
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Plek Fret Treatment for Outstanding Playability and Intonation

With a pair of Lakland ChiSonic single-coil pickups and Plek computerized fret leveling, the Lakland Skyline J Sonic 5-string electric bass guitar delivers rich tone and impressive playability. The Plek treatment ensures every fret is leveled equally, creating an optimal setup with no string buzzing or dead notes across the entire fretboard. The Vintage J neck profile plays fast and smooth, while Hipshot Ultralight tuning machines provide exceptional tuning stability.

Lakland Skyline J Sonic 5-string Electric Bass at a Glance:
  • Lakland Vintage Wound single-coil pickups deliver clear tone with tons of definition
  • Ash and maple - an ideal bass tonewood combination
  • Classic body design
Lakland Vintage Wound single-coil pickups deliver clear tone with tons of definition

From tubby neck tones that are perfect for R&B to sizzling, aggressive, rock-style attack back at the bridge, the Lakland Skyline J Sonic gives you an absolutely epic range of usable bass sound. That's thanks to its pair of Lakland ChiSonic single-coil pickups. These single-coil bass pickups give the Skyline J Sonic the kind of low-end clarity you'd expect from a classic J Bass, but with added bite and top-end definition. That makes the Skyline J Sonic a great bass for a wide range of musical styles and playing techniques.

Ash and maple - an ideal bass tonewood combination

Beneath its pickups, the Lakland Skyline J Sonic bass features the perfect combination of tonewoods, giving you a harmonically rich and hard-hitting sound like no other. Its smoothly contoured ash body makes the Skyline J Sonic one of the most comfortable basses you'll ever pick up, and its solid maple neck adds extra punch and sustain to every note you play.

Classic body design

Lakland's Skyline J Sonic has a classic and recognizable body shape, and Sweetwater is sure you'll find it comfortable even over long gigs or sessions. The offset waist design has great balance and feel.The Skyline J Sonic even gives you the same custom-contoured curves and bridge as the original US version.

Lakland Skyline J Sonic 5-string Electric Bass Features:
  • A great-playing electric bass
  • An all-around workhorse bass you can use for any playing technique or musical style
  • Contoured ash body provides a resonant, full-bodied tone
  • Lakland ChiSonic single-coil pickups deliver classic J Bass sound with extra-crisp highs and phenomenal low-end definition
  • Plek fret-leveling treatment ensures consistent, optimal playability across the entire fretboard
  • Maple neck with rosewood fretboard feels amazing and delivers excellent sustain and punch
  • 5-saddle Lakland Dual Access Bridge makes string changes fast and easy while accommodating a wide range of string types
Gig with sonic confidence, with the Lakland Skyline J Sonic.

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Lakland Skyline J Sonic Electric Bass Demo

Tech Specs

Body Shape J Sonic
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color Aztec Gold
Body Material Ash
Neck Material Flat-Sawn Rock Maple
Radius 10"-13" compound
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dot inlays
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 35"
Nut Width 1.81"
Nut Material Delrin
Bridge/Tailpiece Lakland Dual Access
Tuners Hipshot Ultra Lights
Neck Pickup Chi-Sonic Jazz single-coil
Bridge Pickup Chi-Sonic Jazz single-coil
Controls 2 x volume, 1 x tone
Manufacturer Part Number LJSON5GR

Customer Reviews

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I love this bass!!!

I started playing a 5 string about 5 years ago (played 4 string on/off since the mid-1980s). I really liked the 5 string, except for the lack of tension in the low B. I also wasn't thrilled with the tone I was getting from the particular bass I had (it had a lot of adjustment to it, but I never hit anything that made me grin like a kid in a toy store). I decided to step up to a 35" scale for the low B and I liked what I’d read and seen of the Lakland Skyline series. I wasn’t aware of the Chi-Sonic pickups until I saw the J-Sonic bass here at Sweetwater online. I did some research online (couldn’t find any locally to try out) including listening to the Chi-Sonic sound clips available at the Lakland website. I decided to take a gamble on it and ordered the gold J-Sonic 5. The first time I played it (about 2 months ago) the sound I heard put that elusive grin on my face. The J-Sonic has a jazz bass tone, but with an added depth that just floors me when I hear it. I’ve been told it sounds like a jazz bass on steroids and one person even said it almost sounded like Tuba with how much growl and punch it had. The low B string feels more like the other strings now and the low notes ring out with more definition and equality of tone (the previous bass started getting muddy below the 5th fret on the low B). There is a little bit of single coil hum when you roll off either of the volume knobs, but it’s so subtle on mine that it doesn’t show up in the live mix. The two pickups work well to offer up a lot of tonal variations and you can roll the treble down to really alter the character of the sound if you want to. My J-Sonic was setup well (although I did tweak it some to better suite my playing). The fit and finish are great (the neck is sooo smooth) and the frets are very well dressed (a testament to the PLEK process and finishing by Lakland). The volume and tone knobs are silky smooth. The bass looks nice and feels even better. The Aztec Gold looks much better in person than I thought it would (I generally don’t like gold paint). It reacts to light almost like a pearl finish, with different light sources causing the color to shift between yellowish gold to an almost copper color and almost anywhere in between. The only thing I wasn’t blown away by is the pickguard, which had a rough edge around the truss rod cutout (It’s well finished otherwise). While it took me a little bit to get used to the wider spacing (compared with my previous bass), I’m hooked. I expect I’ll be playing this bass for many years. It is absolutely worth more than what I paid for it and I still get that grin when I listen to it.

Lakland J Sonic 5 string

Ok, I just played a gig with this bass I loved every minute of it thanks to this bass. It sounded great all night, tight, punchy, plenty everything from lows to highs, and more than enough gain. I've owned and played many Laklands over the years so I already knew I would like this one going in, but WOW, didn't know I'd like it this much. 35 inch scale works good for me too. Wish it came with a gig bag, or at least, I wish Sweetwater carried Laklang gig bags. I didn't even mind the nickel strings it came with. They appear to be D'Addario. Highly recommended, the bass, not necessarily the strings.
Music background: Pro


^is what I said when I first plugged this in. Literally blown away. The tone you can get from this thing us unbelievable. From vintage round thump to modern piano like cleans, this thing can do it all. Easily the best sounding B string I've ever heard on 5 string. Not only does it sound great, it's a dream to play. The action out of the box was perfect and the strings are a perfect feel. Lakland nailed it with this bass. I have a feeling this is going to be a main axe type bass.
Music background: Rock, Hip Hop, R&B
See also: Lakland, Lakland 5-string Bass Guitars