Regarding the Lakland P5 pickup issue - John at Lakland assured me that they are still selling through old stock and will not make those pickups any more. He also mentioned that they intend to order NP5 pickups from us for that model bass in the future. This is what we talked about at NAMM almost 2 years ago.
I have to publicly apologize to John and Lakland for not checking with him first about this situation. I simply assumed that they had decided to continue making their own pickups because of the amount of time that has passed. Not fair on my part and again I do humbly apologize for not checking with them first.
I hope all my supporters that expressed outrage in that (now deleted) thread will take a step back and let go of any outrage or ill will towards Lakland. We are moving past this with the best possible arrangement.
A couple years ago this happened - Interesting Lakland
I spoke with John at the NAMM show that year (2014) and thought we had come to an understanding that I was not ok with this and that they were going to do something about it.
Also, there are many instances on Talkbass as well, easy to find now.
It's interesting that you can't really see the pickup clearly in the product photo on their website. Wonder why?
Looks to me like they are still going at it with that pickup. (sigh...)
Here's my question - if you saw someone playing this bass in the wild, whose pickup would you think was in that bass?
It's looking like the legal options need to be revisited. But of course, I do not have large cash reserves if it gets into litigation...
So, I'm putting this out there again to see where it goes.
I can say I'm not happy about this.