Harley Benton Bass Guitar Kit P-Style

Bass guitar construction kit, P-style

  • 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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Perfect for a first build

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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requires some work

Techno Witch, 24.06.2018
I needed a good body and neck to build my own custom Bass Guitar.

positive:
The body and neck are good and the neck fits the body (a bit loose).
Good neck plate and bridge.
The electronics work and are pre-soldered and fixed to pickguard.
All the parts needed are in the kit, including adjusting tools.

negative:
The screw holes do not match with pickguard and tuners.
Low quality tuning mechanisms.
Low quality pickguard.
The output jack is larger than the cavity, some wood needs to be removed.

conclusion:
This kit needs a lot of work, like drilling new holes and adjusting. It requires some basic understanding of woodworking to put it together. It also requires some knowledge on how to set up a bass guitar to make it playable, mostly adjusting neck & bridge.
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