always focused. If needed, the top end
could be persuaded into a hint of brightness via the tone control. Threading the
D and G strings through the rear of the
trademark oval-plate bridge (the 44-AJ can
be strung through body or bridge) added
more bite and treble. The E and A strings
stayed full, yet always well defined. Even
when dialing in some extra bottom, the
low strings didn’t veer towards mud and
boom. The tones were deep yet distinct,
and required little effort summoning
variation in attack and tone.
There’s a lot to like in the Lakland’s 44-AJ
bass. It’s comfortable, painstakingly built,
and downright gorgeous. Every aspect of the
bass reflects a concern for quality components and smart design choices. The weight
was slightly less than the norm and the fretboard was well prepped. If you’re after a topnotch and great looking bass in the Jazz Bass
vein—and you can afford to pay the tab for
this quality—the Lakland 44-AJ should be
on your A-list of instruments to consider.
you value quality and good looks,
and are after a bass with both
authority and refinement.
your taste in basses leans toward
the raw and aggressive side.
Street $3375 (stock),
$3975 (as tested)
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video review of the bass at
Elite small luthiers, hand crafted
instruments. Personal attention
to every order. Instruments
that stand the test of time.
BEYOND THE EXPECTED
by Roger Giffin
Alt de Facto RB6
by Dennis Fano
by Jason Z. Schroeder
Radio Lane with Tweed Top
Infinity Guitars 12520-B Westheimer Rd., Houston TX www.infinityguitars.com 281-759-4040
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