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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Fender Classic 50's P or Lakland 44-64 Custom?

urby
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Apr 11th, 2012 11:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm thinking about picking up a second bass. I use to own a Fender Classic 50's Tele and loved it. Very impressed. The sound and build was very good. Is the Classic 50's P Bass just as good? Still MIM, right?

What about these lower cost Laklands? Anyone know where they are made and how they sound and play? Quality? That 44-64 Custom looks cool. What does "44" and "64" signify?

Thank you in advance for any help.

(This message was last edited by urby at 11:10 AM, Apr 11th, 2012)

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Apr 11th, 2012 01:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

While I don’t own one, I’ve played a friend’s Classic Series ‘50s P, and I liked it a lot. Yes — they’re still MIM.

There are others here who are more familiar with Lakland than I am. I believe that “44” signifies “4-string, 34" scale.” The “64” may be just a specific model designator. IIRC, the Skyline series used to be manufactured in Korea, but are now manufactured in Indonesia.

Danny Nader

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Apr 11th, 2012 03:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Lakland 44-64 Custom is a Precision w/ a Jazz Style neck.

The Classic 50's Precision is just that. A well crafted, vintage style, Fender Precision. A quick online look shows the Lakland for around $1000 & the Fender for around $750.

Personally, I'd buy the Fender.

Danny

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Apr 11th, 2012 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Things that make you go "hmm".

Thanks Danny.

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Apr 11th, 2012 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Lakland's I've played had a neck very much skinnier than any Jazz bass I've ever seen.

The Classic '50s P neck is pretty wide.

The build quality of my '50s P is all but flawless.

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Apr 11th, 2012 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Classic 50s is maple fretboard. Lakland is 64 styled and rosewood, I believe. If that is important to you.


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Apr 11th, 2012 10:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love the neck on my 50's P. It feels better than any other 4 string neck and that bass allows lower action than any of my others.

urby
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Apr 11th, 2012 10:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, I know that the Lakland I mentioned has a Jazz type neck. That was what intrigued me. I use to own MIM Jazz. I liked the neck but didn't like the way the Jazz body fit against me. It felt awkward. Always thought that someone should make a P Bass with a Jazz neck.

I do like everything about the P-Bass. I'm even okay with the larger profile neck. And anything I played from SE Asia has been way sub-par to instruments that are MIM.

Probably going to start looking for a Fender 50's P Bass. Thanks for helping me think this out.

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Apr 12th, 2012 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have you played one of these?

P bass body, J neck

urby
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Apr 12th, 2012 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No. I'll have to check that out. Thanks.

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Apr 12th, 2012 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's an option - with a pickup configuration I'd like to try.

And don't mistake my comment about the Classic '50s neck width with neck profile. That baby is wide (side to side, string spacing, etc), not deep.

Some folks like the Lakland narrow neck a lot. Strings very close together. I'm not one of them.

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Apr 12th, 2012 11:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have been playing a '62 AVR P Bass for the last 13 years. I'm sure the string spacing is about the same as the Classic 50's P Bass?

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Apr 12th, 2012 11:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

More probably than not, but I have no experience with that '62.

Just trying to clarify what I meant.

Danny Nader

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Apr 12th, 2012 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I have been playing a '62 AVR P Bass for the last 13 years. I'm sure the string spacing is about the same as the Classic 50's P Bass? "

Closer than you think. And after 30 minutes you'll be fine.

Danny


urby
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Apr 12th, 2012 10:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Just trying to clarify what I meant."

Gottcha. Thanks.

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Apr 16th, 2012 06:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Both are really good choices - it comes down to which neck you prefer (if either) and active over passive. The Laklands are very well put together but the Fender is in no way shabby either. If I were to toss a coin I'd go for the P bass (or the P/J deluxe with J neck mentioned above) as a P bass is about the most rock-solid reliable tone out there. When I have to sit in on an unknown rig with no time to fiddle with eq's etc - I take a P bass. You really have to work hard to make one sound bad.

I do own both (actually several of both!) and they are different animals in many ways. Both excellent choices tho'.

bAss-Flyer

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Apr 27th, 2012 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have two Classic '50s P's .... love 'em both .... my main players, one with flats the other with ground-wounds. Both were eBay scores a while back, $400 & $500.

bAss-Flyer

SLO County CA

Just a simple Country bass player
Apr 27th, 2012 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Classic '50s P

bAss-Flyer

SLO County CA

Just a simple Country bass player
Apr 27th, 2012 11:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Still MIM, right?:"

Yes .... but MUCH better than the Standard MIM P-basses!
Better tuners, pups ....

pacobass

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Apr 28th, 2012 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

'50s P.



-Get one used

-change the nut to a standard fender P bass (B spacing instead of C) (($9.99))

- Et voila! You've got a killer tone machine!!!

P.

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