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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:47 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

My 1st non-Carvin bass purchase since the very early 80's...



I'm always hearing people rag on Carvin electronics, so thought I'd test the water. Picked up this Lakland Skyline Series 55-01 off Talkbass.com. Black alder body, maple neck, Bartolini electronics, Lakland Joe Osbourne flat wounds (I haven't played flats in decades!). It's also 35" scale, which keeps me in the ballpark of the XB. Action is setup really low: too low I think, but I want to give it some time, as I just got it Saturday. In general, it feels nice and comfy. Kinda cool slap sound out if it, too.

The bridge on this thing looks like a cheap toy compared to the brute on the XB. The other oddity is the passive mode which you get by pulling up the volume knob. If there's no battery, there's no sound in passive mode, either(!?!?!!?!?). Not very comforting....

Last night I had a chance to A/B it with my XB75P. I'm sitting in with a band this weekend, and we rehearsed last night. Played both through the BRX112Neo and my Sansamp BDDI. A couple of the songs we're doing are country (gasp!) and I thought the flats would sound nice.

Apparently the output of the XB75P is a bit hotter than the 55-01. It didn't cut through nearly as well as the XB. 'Course, it does have the flats, and the super low action, which promotes a light touch. Anyway, I lasted about two songs before going back the the XB, which just sounded great last night (figures!). I've got another rehearsal this week, and I'll give it a little volume boost and see how it goes.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:52 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Be tough to beat that XB-it's the best sounding bass I've ever heard. Yeah!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:57 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks Tim! I like it, too! Guitar

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:24 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

You know, I keep trying new basses for fun and comparison, and I keep realizing my LB70 beats 'em all. Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 9:40 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I think an XB75P would go great with my Jazz. Someone please send me one. Thanks. Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 10:08 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Tim,

Gee, if I had an XB it would be on its way to you as we speak. Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:44 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

GAS is a terrible thing...

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:46 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

They look so good it makes me wanna play bass.

Good Luck with it.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 12:23 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Well, the plot thickens...

Had a gig last night, and decided to bring this guy along just to try live once before I sell it to fund my new amp purchase. So what happens...

...I really liked it. It's definitely a different sound than the XB, especially with the flats, but it was a good different.

So now I think I'll give the amp a spin when I get it, and then decide what will go. Could be the Lakland, or the BRX112Neo. Stay tuned...

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