I’m not entirely sure this is a DPLE I, but I know that Lakland didn’t do very many matching headstock basses in the Skyline series back in those days. The only thing that makes me hesitate is that nearly all of the 23 or so LE’s came with a J-Retro preamp; this one does not.
For those that don’t know, there used to be a bass guitar forum called The Dude Pit. Yes, it was a terribly stupid (and weirdly homoerotic) name. The Dude Pit became the popular successor to an email list called The Bottom Line, which kind died out as forums replaced the old mass email lists on the internet.
The guy running the Dude Pit was an early fan boy of Lakland, and helped get the word out about them. Lakland did a limited edition run for Dude Pit followers, a Skyline series Joe Osborn jazz bass in Sherwood Green with a matching headstock. I’ve never played one, but they were supposedly pretty sweet axes.
The Dude Pit suffered a spectacular collapse in 2006 or 2007. Oddly enough, it had quite a bit to do with the second limited edition Lakland did for the Dude Pitters. DPLE II was a Skyline Bob Glaub precision bass in white with matching headstock, jazz neck, and a single Dark Star pickup. There were delays in getting the axes to people — and then the accusations started to fly about why it was taking so long. You can scout around the internet yourself and get the story if you care to spend the time. In the end, in my opinion, Lakland built a killer bass, made good on the orders, and polished their reputation for quality and stellar customer service.
This is probably a killer bass, even if it isn’t a DPLE I. I’d be a little concerned about the condition, it looks as if there might be more than a couple dings on the top but then again it just might be the low resolution pix.