Lakland Skyline J-Sonic review

A classically styled Jazz-inspired five-string bass with a sonic twist

Lakland J-Sonic
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Guitar World Verdict

An impressive instrument, the J-Sonic riffs on a familiar format, and does so well, but the whole endeavour is elevated by a pair of Chi-Sonic pickups that add a little je ne sais quoi in the upper-mids. Lovely stuff.


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    Classic tones.

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    Cool pickup choice.

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    Very playable bass.


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    There are cheaper, yet similar spec'd, basses.

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    Can be hard to pick up stock.

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This five-string Lakland may look like a familiar J-Bass, but look – there’s something a little different in the pickup department. 

Instead of a standard set of single-coils, Lakland have utilized a pair of Chi-Sonic Jazz units which claim to offer increased upper-mid focus, as they’re modeled on Hagstrom Bi-Sonic pickups, but with improved warmth and a rounder response. We ask– why reinvent the wheel?  

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