Skyline 55-02 vs 55-01 low end.

Skyline 55-02 vs 55-01 low end.

Postby flatheadbass » Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:18 pm

Played my friends Skyline 55-02 last weekend and noticed quite a bit more lowend than my MM Sterling 5HH. Is it the pre or the 35" scale that causes this? Would I experience this kind of low end punch with the 55-01? I really like the feel of the 55-02 and at 9.5 #'s I could play an hour set with a cheapie 2" guitar strap.
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Re: Skyline 55-02 vs 55-01 low end.

Postby nolabass » Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:55 pm

Laklands bread and butter leans on those 55-94/55-02s. The neck scale with the preamp and pups IS Lakland IMHO. Those are designed for that nice low end. If your liking the 55-02 go with that. As you know it comes down to each individual bass. Find the one that works for you. Some guys prefer the 55-01s over the 55-02s. I am of the opinion the 55-01s came into existence to create a lower price model and lacks the time and R&D the 55-94/55-02s have. Slappers seem to like the 01s.
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Re: Skyline 55-02 vs 55-01 low end.

Postby flatheadbass » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:27 pm

Thanks Nolabass.....you're right, I should stick to the 55-02. I did find one that works for me........he won't sell it ;^)
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Re: Skyline 55-02 vs 55-01 low end.

Postby Gil Escalera » Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:51 pm

My 2¢ - The 55-94/55-02 are definitely different beast compared to the 55-01.

I've owned both a 55-02 and a 55-94. Tonally, they were virtually identical. The 55-94 is just a much more refined instrument with more attention to detail; that's not to say the 55-02 is a slouch.

The 55-01 has very different electronics (soapbar pickups and preamp). It has it's own sound that is different from the sound and versatility of the 55-94/55-02.

I think the 55-01 makes a good "host" body for Nordstrand pickups and preamp. Do that and you have a killer machine that reminds me a lot of my MTD 535 but A LOT cheaper.

I still have my 55-94 fretless. It's not going anywhere. [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]

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Re: Skyline 55-02 vs 55-01 low end.

Postby flatheadbass » Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:15 pm

Gil Escalera wrote:My 2¢ - The 55-94/55-02 are definitely different beast compared to the 55-01.

I've owned both a 55-02 and a 55-94. Tonally, they were almost identical. The 55-94 is just a much more refined instrument with more attention to detail; that's not to say the 55-02 is a slouch.

The 55-01 has very different electronics (soapbar pickups and preamp). It has it's own sound that is different from the sound and versatility of the 55-94/55-02.

I think the 55-01 makes a good "host" body for Nordstrand pickups and preamp. Do that and you have a killer machine that reminds me a lot of my MTD 535 but A LOT cheaper.

I still have my 55-94 fretless. It's not going anywhere. [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]

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Thanks Gil! Think I'm warming up to the 55-02's sound. I have it dialed into my practice unit and it even sounds great thru the cans.....kind of excited over here [smilie=fun_84.gif] Guess I need to off my Sterling and find a 55-02 that's around 9.5 #'s Wish me luck!
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Re: Skyline 55-02 vs 55-01 low end.

Postby MickeyOne » Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:48 pm

I had and sold a 44-02, with SD Basslines and a pickguard, that I think about often-it killed.

Is the 35" scale on the 55-02 an issue for anyone?
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Re: Skyline 55-02 vs 55-01 low end.

Postby Gil Escalera » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:58 pm

MickeyOne wrote:Is the 35" scale on the 55-02 an issue for anyone?

Not for me. As a matter of fact 35" is my preference for 5'ers. [smilie=icon_mrgreen.gif]

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Re: Skyline 55-02 vs 55-01 low end.

Postby nolabass » Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:30 pm

I move back and forth from my '66 P to my 55-94 with ease personally. I have size XL hands though.
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Re: Skyline 55-02 vs 55-01 low end.

Postby jshilgebass » Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:42 pm

My Modulus Quantum 6 and my three Lakland 55-01 5'vrs are 35 inchers, but I can still move from those to my other basses with 34 in scale lengths and not have any problems. And that's with my decidedly NOT XL hands...more like sausage fingers. [smilie=cheeky-smiley-025.gif]


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Re: Skyline 55-02 vs 55-01 low end.

Postby flatheadbass » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:28 pm

I've been playing a Bongo 5HH and sterling 5HH with the 17.5 mm string spacing for almost 5 years; I felt that the narrower string spacing was a good fit for me. Shoulder pain during a second set at church caused me to ditch the MM and use my friends 55-02; wow what a difference in sound, weight and feel. After the 3rd service/set I took it home for the week to see if I'd still have that warm fuzzy feelin'. So [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif] ..........prior to cleaning the Sterling and packing it up for the guy who's buying it, I played it for awhile; the neck just felt somewhat cramped to me. My hands are not large and because of that I have always shied away from anything larger than 34". The Lakland's 35" scale and 10" radius just felt natural to me, that coupled with the 9.5 #'s was very pleasing. Then again I may change my mind in a year or two, working on G.M. trucks for most of my adult life has caused some unusual joint pain; but for now, I'm riding the Lakland wave. Guys, thanks for all of your input......I'm sold! [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]
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