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Harley Benton B-550 White Progressive Series

5-String Electric Bass

  • Body: Alder
  • Bolt-on neck from Canadian maple
  • Neck profile: Modern D
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Tai-Chi inlays
  • 24 Frets
  • Scale: 864 mm (Long scale)
  • Nut width: 45 mm
  • Double action trussrod
  • Pickups: 2x Humbucker with active preamp
  • 1x Balance-, 1x bass-, 1x treble- snd 1x volume control with push/pull function (active/passive)
  • Black hardware
  • Diecast machine heads
  • String gauge: 045-130
  • Colour: White
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Colour White
Soundboard Alder
Neck Maple
Fretboard Rosewood
Frets 24
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System HH
Elektronic Active
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Good budget bass - after modifications

21.06.2015
I?ve been a bass player for many years but have always stuck to ?name? brands (Precision, Gibson Thunderbird, Rickenbacker etc).

Having never played 5-string I didn?t want to spend loads of money on something I may not take to, so thought this bass was cheap enough to try.

I am not going to go into great detail about this bass as most of the relevant points have been made by Howard who reviewed the black version, but some points are worth expanding on.

Firstly, on initial connection, the sound was very distorted and scratchy until I found that all the controls were loose. The strings are not very good, but this is easily remedied. The biggest flaw is the battery ? as has been said elsewhere, the battery is always live even with the jack cable removed. This is because the active circuitry needs to be earthed. However, the solution is easier than fitting a toggle switch. On removing the back plate, I found that the negative side of the battery was connected to the jack socket as normal. I also found that the earth lead (yellow in my case) from the active circuitry was also connected to the socket. A little solder work to remove the yellow cable from the socket and connect it to the earth side of the volume pot fixed the problem in 2 minutes.

On the plus side the bass is a comfortable weight and well distributed (although I?m not particularly keen on the quirky chamfered body shape). I also like the idea of the push/pull volume pot to switch between active and passive ? although, if there was some LED indication of battery state you would never need to go passive!

All in all, this is a very usable bass after some modifications and I consider it to be reasonable value for money.
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Harley Benton B-550 - Modern Measure

Bruno4358, 03.04.2014
When I bought this bass, I was stricken by the lightness of the body, it's weight is incomparable to any other 5 string I played before, plus, it has no neck-dive whatsoever, and the way it's thin neck is carved makes a combo of both comfort and playability without question.
From cleaner tones to heavier ones, this bass delivers a rich tone much due to it's peculiar humbuckers and active electronics. The hardware is very well crafted, adding to the instrument's overall positive playing experience.
The price, as far as all the features go on the Harley Benton B-550 when compared to similar instruments, is so low, that when I first bought it I was afraid I was making a mistake, clearly, that wasn't the case, as you surely realised right from the start of this text.

I used it in several gigs, rehearsals and home playing, and to add to the features I noted above, I must also refer to the tuning stability, that surprised not only me, but also my band members, especially when I didn't worry to tune this instrument before betting on stage.

Unfortunately, I already dropped it twice, once, because I knocked it over my workstation while changing strings, and again when I used an old gig-bag I had laying around and it ripped from the seam when I was getting down the stairs from my apartment, and to my surprise (again) I only dinged it slightly on the headstock the second time it fell, just a tiny scratch and a minor ding, but it did fell down a flight of stairs and landed strings down. It didn't even bent the neck or set it out of tune.

I encourage everyone to try out one of these, they are amazing!
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5-String Electric Bass Body: Alder, Bolt-on neck from Canadian maple, Neck profile: Modern D, Fretboard: Rosewood, Tai-Chi inlays, 24 Frets, Scale: 864 mm (Long scale), Nut width: 45 mm, Double...

  • Colour: White
  • Soundboard: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: Long Scale
  • Pickup System: HH
  • Elektronic: Active
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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5-String Electric Bass Body: Alder, Bolt-on neck from Canadian maple, Neck profile: Modern D, Fretboard: Ovangkol, Tai-Chi inlays, 24 Frets, Scale: 864 mm (Long scale), Nut width: 45 mm, Double...

  • Colour: Black
  • Soundboard: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Ovangkol
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: Long Scale
  • Pickup System: HH
  • Elektronic: Active
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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5-String Electric Bass Body: Alder, Bolt-on neck from Canadian maple, Neck profile: Modern D, Fretboard: Rosewood, Tai-Chi inlays, 24 Frets, Scale: 864 mm (Long scale), Nut width: 45 mm, Double...

  • Colour: Black
  • Soundboard: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: Long Scale
  • Pickup System: HH
  • Elektronic: Active
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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