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Harley Benton B-550FL BK Progressive Series

Harley Benton B-550FL BK Progressive Series
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5-String Fretless Electric Bass

  • Body: Alder
  • Bolt-on neck made from Canadian maple
  • Modern D profile
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Scale: 864 mm (long scale)
  • Nut width: 45 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Humbuckers with active preamp
  • 1 Balance, 1 bass, 1 treble and 1 volume knob with push/pull function (active/passive)
  • Black hardware
  • Die cast machine heads
  • String gauge: 045 - 130
  • Colour: Black, high gloss

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first impression B-550FL and two weeks later.plus gigs.

24.06.2014

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There are not many reviews, it's a new model.
Got mine after 6 days on monday, it feels longer if you want it in the weekend...

Anyway, the bass looks good. The Thomann picture was not of the original bass, when i got mine, and mentioned it to them, they changed it to the right ones. In real life it's a nice professional looking Bass. (My other basses are a great Spector NS2004 and a trusty JazzBass.)

The neck and body sound tight, not hollow as some cheap woods can sound like.
The strings are roundwound. Not very good ones. I had a set of Daddario chrome flat wounds. They are 35-40 euro, depending were you get them.
Really old school ;) they feel good on this bass. This set might last for ever ;)

First oiled the fretboard. Dunlop lemon oil. It liked that a lot. Then straightened the neck a little, trussrod works very wel.

The bridge is a bit strange for me, but it works ok. Interesting.
Set-up intonation was ok!
The battery has a special battery holder. Clever.

The position markers on the side of the neck are right in the place were the note should be, on the third, fifth etc fret position.

Functions: four rotating knobs are: 1-master volume, 2-neck and/or bridge pickup, 3-bass,4-treble.
Pickup-blend and tone knobs have a slight dent in the middle position. No visible markers.
Since the web description of the bass was inaccurate when i bought it, it was a surprise the volumepot is a push pull switching potmeter. It bypasses the active system, has a nice sound of its own and you can still play when your battery is dead. When not in active mode, the bass pot gives hardly any change in lows, the treble pots functions as with any other bass. The push pulls pot gives a very loud click through your speakers and tweeter so beware. (Had to resolder the joints and fix a possible short circuit with a loose wire to fix: extreme noise but no disconnection of the active circuit when switching. First production bass i guess.)


sound: the original round wound B string and the 130 Daddario B-string sound a bit like a very loose bass string, but usable enough. Lots of lows.

The Jaco mwaahs can be made, didn't play very loud yet. Edit, with high volume also good.
Sounds really fretless, like Jaco, Paladino, and the bass player on "Boy in the Bubble from Paul Simon.

It is a good modern bass, with new strings it's about 200 Euro. That is not a lot of money!

Edit: because of the really hot weather on and of, the neck was not stabile, after initial setting up, it became too concave. I hope the neck is factory dried enough, and remains stable for now. next week after live shows i'll report back;)
**And i'm lucky, the neck stayed ok, in- and outdoors.
The active preamp gives a rounded extra bass/low and brighter highs. My Spector goes twice as loud, so i had to really turn it down to switch bases. Spector can handle it splendidly of course.. Nonetheless, time for an AB switch.

As with all new gear, in a few weeks /month i'll know if the sound will last.
My HB P90 gold top passed this test already, gave me confidence on the HB guitar brand.

Extra: Still was not really comfortable with the bass after one year of use. The bridge could not be lower enough for my taste. When i took the neck of for a shim, i found out it was factory shimmed... when i took it out the bass was perfect again.
My band members like the sound of fretless. Not the half notes i'm off sometimes of course ;)

Exceptional Fretless Bass for an unbelievable price

29.06.2016

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When i decided to get a fretless bass, i knew from the beginning that i did not want to spend a lot of money and regret it later. But fortunately this Bass is far better than what one would think by looking only at the price tag , for the following reasons: 1) The neck is modern and comfortable even when playing for hours 2) The Pickups respond extremely well in all musical situations 3) The tuners are quite stable, keeping the bass in tune most of the time 4) It is lightweight, especially for a 5 string instrument. The only weak point of this otherwise exceptional instrument is that the figerboard wear occurs faster than expected, even after a couple of hours the damage was obvious. You should not worry about this though, since you can either use Flatwound strings or if you need the growly punch of the Roundwounds, coat the fingerboard with some kind of hardener like epoxy resin (Jaco method) and Polyurethane.On the musical side of things you can play anything from Jazz to Metal with nice rich tones and perfectly clean harmonics! In conlcusion i would recommend this instrument to anyone who wants to learn fretless Bass and does not want to spend a fortune. Thank you Thomann!
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