Harley Benton Bass Guitar Kit P-Style

Bass guitar construction kit, P-style

The body and neck are finished with a wood-sealer, which allows the surface to be lacquered directly. This, however, in combination with staining may produce unwanted results, in which case the unit should be re-sanded.

  • Complete DIY kit
  • Bolt-on neck
  • Solid wood body (colour of the wood can vary)
  • Maple neck
  • Double-action truss rod
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Dot inlays
  • 21 Frets
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Truss rod
  • 1 P-style split coil pickup
  • 1 Volume- and 1 tone control
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Diecast machine heads
  • Strings: .045 - .105
  • Colour: Natural

A certain level of technical skills is needed for successful assembly.

Further Information

Colour Natural
Soundboard Solid Wood
Neck Maple
Fretboard Roseacer
Frets 21
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System P
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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21.04.2015
I decided to purchase this kit because it was reasonably priced and I wasn´t sure I could get a good result for I haven´t done anything compared to this before. So to say - not a big loss if I screwed it up and decided to burn it afterwards.

Looked for reviews on it on the net and found satisfied builders. Took on the challenge and this is my review:

The neck: it was straight as an arrow, no nicks anywhere but the frets needed leveling quite a bit. I bought the Thomann fret file, Göldo fretboard guard and ordered a few Euro´s fret rocker from the net. Did my first fret job ever, took a couple of hours and voila - nice result. Fits the neck pocket very well.

The body: in very good condition and smooth surface. took some splinters away with sanding paper from the grinded parts (neck pocket and pickup/pot holes). Other than that it was ready for paintjob.

Painted the body with acrylic sanding primer, painted with acrylic paint and put some acrylic laquer on the surface - all in garage and with spraypaint. Also put acrylic laquer on the neck. Sanded between different paints and polished.

Pickguard: two plastic covers on the surface and no scratches on it. It would have been aligned well on the screwholes of the body, but the jack was about a 1mm too close to the end of the pothole. A very tight fit and could damage the jack on the long run. These don´t cost much though - so... Had to file a tiny bit of plastic away from the neck end of it to fit well (took about 5 seconds).

The pickups: easy to install ( no soldering needed) and work fine. Surprisingly good tone for cheap pickups.

Pots: they are a bit too "loose" and turn a bit too easily. They work though.

Strings: the set that came along was poorly wound and I decided not to use those. Bought the HB valuestrings and they work well.

Tuning pegs: Look nice, a small loose "gap" when turning to both ways. But they hold the tuning nicely. Easy to install on the neck.

Putting it together after painting: everything went to place ok. Putting all together with tuning the strings and adjusting the trussrod took about 4 hours.

Now I´m using it to play in our band and it performs very well. I´m already looking for a new project and would like to find a Musicman-style kit ( Thomann??) Thank you.
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MarcelH., 02.11.2015
Hello again,

so I bought this set just for bass-building-practice and for fun. But: The quality is really good, and if you can do a nice finish on the bass, it can be a really nice instrument!
Okay, the mechanics aren't top notch. I think, the Pickups also could do better.
But for that price, the quality is way better, than I ever expected.

I built the bass out of the box, just to test if everything was okay, BEFORE I start to invest my time and money.

The neck is straight and has a really nice finish. The bass has really no flaws at all. The playability is nice, though I personally would recommend to exchange the strings at first.
The small flaws are totally okay (not the straightest pickguard).

What really could be a problem for some people: The manual doesn't really fit to that explicit instrument. I think it's an earlier version or something. At least you would have to improvise!


I would buy it again and think about getting the J-Style-Set as well.


Note: What was a problem at my set: I checked the body wood and it wasn't basswood! It was an Asian wood, I didn't know until then. Thomann promised to check that and change their provider!
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