Harley Benton BT-70VS Deluxe Series

Electric Bass

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: D
  • Fretboard: Blackwood (Pinus Radiata)
  • Dot inlays
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Nut Width: 38 mm
  • Pickups: 2 x Roswell GB4 Minihumbucker with active electronics
  • 1 x Volume and 2 x tone control with push-pull function
  • Black DLX Hardware
  • String Gauge (Ex factory): .045 - .105
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst
  • Matching gig bag: Art.245877 (not included)
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Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Blackwood
Frets 20
Scale Longscale
Pickup System HH
Elektronic Active
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Nice bass that stands out

guitar collector, 18.08.2017
Overview:
I picked up this bass to complement my HB JB-75. I wanted somthing that looked and sounded completely different. After looking at all of the available HB basses, the BT-70 seemed to be exactly what I needed. Already being the owner of a FB, I was accustomed to the body shape and the way it balanced. As I recall, it shipped quickly and arrived well packed.

Looks:
The first thing I noticed after opening the box was how nice the finish on the body looked. The mahogony body had beutiful grain showing through the transparent parts of the burst finish. Although this bass is set neck, the raised center section gives it the appearence of a neck through design. There were no blemishes that I could find in the finish on either the neck or the body.

Build Quality:
I can't find anything to complain about here. The tuners were all put in stright, the frets aren't sharp, and the pickguard isn't bad. The poly finish seems a little thick on the neck (I prefer thin satin finishes), but at this price point that seems to be the norm rather than the exception. Nothing I can't live with. As for the electronics, all of the pots turn smoothly and without any audible noise. The push-pull pot snaps cleanly into each position.

Sound:
This bass is capable of producing a pretty wide range of sounds. I have never owned a guitar or bass with active electronics before. Each pickup has its own unique voice. The bridge is bright and punchy while the neck provides great lows. I like to keep the mix around 60% neck 40% bridge.

Conclusion:
If you are looking for an inexpensive bass that stands out from all of the PBs and JBs out there, this might be the bass for you. Its a bit on the heavy side, and the body sits a little odd (if you are not used to a FB/TB style body), but if those aren't deal breakers this guitar is worth it.
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What a monster!

Torden, 28.09.2016
It's pretty clear that even after changing the initial design of this bass guitar its main idea was to replicate the looks and the sound of a Gibson Thunderbird.

Of course, what got me attracted to this instrument at the very beginning were the features that you get for less than 150 EUR: mahogany body, set-neck, active pickups and the legendary design that rocked the 70's and the 80's.

This thing is really massive and heavy - it has nothing to do with the basses I used to play before buying it. Probably not for people with weaker shoulders, but I seem to dig it as it is. Furthermore, if it ain't heavy, it ain't metal!

For a guitar with such structure, the neck dive is unavoidable - a heads up for the singing bass players that might feel tempted to attempt doing something else with their left hand (ha-ha!).

And finally - the sound! The bridge pickup is as bright as a hammer hitting an anvil and the neck is roaring like a thunder. As you might expect, BT-70VS delivers an unbelievable sustain, even if you use the push-pull feature of the volume knob and switch it to passive mode.

I took one star from the quality section because some additional setup is clearly required, even though the thing was playable right out of the box. It needs some final touches to get even closer to perfection.

Anyway - it's a bass that sounds even better than the simple sum of its parts and I would totally recommend it to people that are not afraid of weighty instruments.
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