Dan D Lakin basses, Jazz, Precision, Leo Fender inspired, Joe Osborn, Bob Glaub, Made in USA, Warwick- UK Basses specialist, Bass DIrect



A new range of custom basses from Dan Lakin who started Lakland guitars in the 1990s, Amazing feel and playability with all the classic tones presented with modern class and build.

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Engineered and Designed in Chicago, USA

Dan Lakin founded a company in 1994 that combined the precision and feel of truly high end bass guitars with familiar design aspects. The company was called Lakland Basses. Lakland became the 1st choice among session and touring pros alike. Due to economic pressures Dan sold Lakland to a private investment group in 2010. After a 3 year non-­‐compete, Dan is back. His goal this time is to bring a truly high end bass at a price all can afford. Dan’s signature artists are with him as well – Joe Osborn and Bob Glaub.


The first 3 models will be the Joe Osborn Signature, Rick Rossa and the Bob Glaub Signature

Details -
Joe Osborn 4 - 2 single coil D. Lakin pickups. 1.5" nut width - £1199

Rick Rossa 4 - 2 single coil D. Lakin pickups. 1.5" nut width, Blocks and binding - £1349
Bob Glaub 4 - 1 humbucked split coil D. Lakin pickup 1.75" nut width   (also available with a 1.5" nut width) - £1299

Bob Glaub 4 custom - 1 humbucked split coil D. Lakin pickup 1.75" nut width, blocks/binding   (also available with a 1.5" nut width) - £1299
Standard Features on all D. Lakin Basses include:


Ash body - £100

Maple fingerboard £50

   - Oil Finish on Back of Neck

   - All USA made Hipshot Hardware

   - Bone Nut

   - Graphite Reinforcement in Neck

   - Extremely Comfortable Neck Shapes

   - Matching Headstocks

   - Generous Colour Options

   - Convenient Wheel Truss Rod Adjustments

Fender Custom Colors

Candy Apple Red

Feista Red

Shell Pinks

Inca Silver

Sonic Blue

Lake Placid Blue

Ocean Turquoise

Ice Blue Metallic

Daphne blue

Sherwood Green

Teal Metallic

Burgundy Mist

Sea Foam Green

Surf Green

Firemist Gold

Shoreline Gold

Olympic White

Pearl White

Trans White


Traditional Colors





2TB – 2 tone sunburst

3TB - 3 tone sunburst

CSB – Cherry Sunburst


Original Finishes

Emerald City

Ruby Slippers

24 Carat 3CT

True Blue

Royal Ride

Silver Star

Frost Silver

Vanilla Shake


We also offer a a custom option on the electronics (fitting from £20);

Joe Osborn, Rick Rossa basses;

Add Passive Tonestyler circuit - £79

Add Custom East circuit - stacked volume/pan, stacked bass/treble with p/p treble boost and passive tone with p/p active/passive - £135

Pickups options;

Bartolini 9LBJD - £120 - modern. punchy, full sound

Nordstrand NJ4 - £140 - gritty, full take on the classic tone

Nordstrand NJ4SV - £200 - split coil (numcancelling version of above)

Lindy Fralin - the ultimate vintage tone single coil pickups

Bob Glaub model;

Add Passive Tonestyler circuit - £79

Add East P Retro circuit - active/passive, bass boost, mid select and cut boost - £195

Pickups options;

Bartolini 8CBP - £110 - modern. punchy, full sound

Nordstrand NP4 - £140 - gritty, full take on the classic tone

Nordstrand NP4V - £200 - more vintage voiced than above

Lindy Fralin P - the ultimate vintage tone

Article from Bass Musician Magazine

Dan Lakin is Back with D. Lakin Basses!

Dear Readers…

This was going to be an interview with Dan Lakin, but the recorder APP (fail!) won’t download the recorded conversation with him.  So—- now it’s an article. Thankfully I took good notes. (Stupid iPhone recorder app.)

Dan Lakin is back! After selling his interest in Lakland and the expiration of a 3-year non-compete clause, D. Lakin Basses are here. Note to world – it’s pronounced Lake-land, not Lack-land, Lake-in, not Lack-in.  I hear these mispronunciations all the time, just thought I’d ’try’ to help.

From Dan’s Personal Collection… ” This one is 20 years old – taken with the first ever Lakland bass in 1994.”

Dan Lakin and Hugh McFarland formed Lakland in Chicago in 1994. Their first prototype debuted at Summer NAMM in ’94. McFarland left Lakland in ’97; by 2001 Lakland began the Skyline Series, a budget line made in South Korea, enabling Lakland to produce quality instruments that sold for less than half the cost of their U.S. counterparts.

That being said, an original US Lakland feels amazing! I personally own two US hollowbodies, one with an extra fat neck. The Lakland Hollowbody is the Reigning Monarch in hollow-world. Reportedly, Lakland had never turned a profit until the introduction of the Skyline series. Joe Naylor from Reverend tells a similar story, his company had to introduce an import line to be able to stay in business. Alas, America in the modern age.

D. Lakin Basses at present offer two models, the Joe Osborn Signature Bass (Jazz bass style), and the Bob Glaub Signature Bass (Precision bass style).

The Osborn is modeled after Joe’s 1960 Fender Jazz, and the Glaub is patterned after Bob’s ’63 Precision. Faithful to vintage specs, the Osborn has a 1.5″ nut width, and the Glaub has the larger 1.75″ width. I personally LOVE those big, wide early ’60′s Precision necks. My hand tends to feel a little cramped on a J, other players feel differently. The Glaub will also be available in 1.5″ nut width. One cool feature of these is Dan’s ability to produce custom colors via his Korean supplier. “Custom shop quality at a great price,” is how he describes his Korean supplier and he, “Couldn’t be any happier with them.”

Dan’s goal was to be able to produce a US-Lakland quality bass for a fraction of the price, and he feels that these new instruments fully realize that goal. The basses are finished in thin poly, and in a side-by-side sonic comparison with an identical instrument finished in vintage-style nitro lacquer, no one was able to tell the difference. The main reason a lot of folks (including me) don’t like poly is because manufacturers typically put it on so thick that chokes the sound of the instrument. Dan’s use of thin poly solves this problem

I personally love nitro and the way it weather-checks when subjected to rapid temperature changes. Dan, on the other hand noted that a lot of players would freak out if their new instrument weather-checked (weather checking is what happens when a lacquered instrument goes from freezing cold to warm temperature too quickly, thus resulting in that checkerboard pattern so often seen on vintage instruments.) Also, nitro is incredibly labor intensive compared to poly, thus driving costs up. Dan says he may be able to offer nitro at a later date. I’m guessing that that option would necessarily add some $$ to the price.

Matching headstocks and a wheel-type truss rod adjustment are two more features that make these basses stand out. The wheel adjustment (Ernie Ball MusicMan style) is one of the best things to come along for bass in recent years, although the user probably won’t have to adjust the truss rod too much, because these basses have TWO graphite strips in the neck. Graphite strips in a wooden bass neck enable an instrument to have better sustain and a more even response all over the neck. Dead spots are also greatly reduced. The addition of graphite also seems to produce a more centered fundamental pitch and deeper bottom-end. I personally prefer this to an all graphite neck, tone-wise, seems like one gets the best of both worlds with this method of construction.

As far as electronics go, Dan started with older US Lakland pickups and went from there. After a few tries and the addition of a neodymium strip to the bottom of the P pickup, success was achieved. Curiously, Dan says the addition of a neo strip to the J pickups didn’t produce any noticeable effect. Regarding the J pickups, Dan says they are, “Single coil jazz, pretty straightforward, with a punchy, hot bridge and a deep, lush neck pickup.”

Other wonderful features include Hipshot US bridge and tuners and a bone nut; high-end indeed. The addition of a bone nut is huge in my experience. I had one installed on one of my instruments, a Squier 5-string, and the effect on every note on the neck was astonishing. I had thought that the nut only affected open strings, but apparently not.

Also, according to Dan, “Neck profile is king”. When Dan and Joe Osborn first got together to work on the original Osborn model they collected a bunch of J-basses for a ‘summit’, and ended up using the neck profile from Joe’s 1960 Jazz.

Dan describes Joe as his, “Favorite bass player,” and was initially, “Very nervous” about contacting him. Upon tracking down Joe’s phone number and calling him up, a fruitful collaboration was born. Initially Dan made a list of “60-70 of my favorite bass players”, among which Bob Glaub’s name figured prominently. Fortuitously, Bob had rented a Lakland for a session in Los Angeles, the two of them met in ’96 at a NAMM show, and their collaboration was born. Dan cites Glaub’s track on, “The Pretender” by Jackson Browne as, “The perfect bass track”. Hard to dispute that one………….

Lakin also plans to offer a Rick Rosas model with a bound-and-blocked ’70′s style J neck, and an active MM/J model in the foreseeable future. He also plans to eventually offer a MM-style 5-string with J spacing at the nut and a 34″ scale length. Bravo! Many bassists do not like 35″ scale 5-strings.


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