Harley Benton Beatbass VS Vintage Series


Electric Bass

  • Design: Hollowbody
  • Arched body: Basswood
  • Top: Flamed maple
  • Cream-coloured binding on the body
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck attachment: Set-in
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: Dot
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 775 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Humbuckers
  • Electronics: 2 Volume controls and 3 Tone controls
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Viola bridge
  • Machine heads: Diecast
  • String gauges: .045 - .100
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst (high-gloss)
  • Corresponding flatwound strings: Article Nr 233870 (medium scale (M) sets from D'Addario are also suitable)
Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Maple,Plywood
Neck Maple
Fretboard Roseacer
Frets 22
Scale Shortscale
Pickups JJ
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No
available since July 2005
Item number 177012
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Top Maple
Back and Sides Plywood
Pickup System HH
Mechanics Standard
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Anonymous 17.04.2016
I am a hobby guitarist who likes to do my own work on the guitars that I purchase, I currently own 11 electrics, 1 bass (this one), 3 acoustics and a ukulele.

This is a beautiful looking instrument and at approximately $186AUD ($142USD) is unbelievable value for money.

1. Of the 3 guitars I ordered, this appears to have the best finish, I can't find a single thing wrong with it, no blemishes whatsoever.

2. The tuners work well and seem to hold tune fine, even after sitting around the house for a few weeks now.

3. All controls and pick ups are working.

4.The tail piece is a little more ornate than the original and going by images on the net, appears somewhat shorter as well.

5.The lovely burst finish is continued on both the back and the neck, a nice touch, especially at this price point. If the good people at Thomann don't remove this, you can search You Tube for "650Thunderbird" or ". Harley Benton Beat Bass Unboxing/1st Impressions" to see for yourself.

6. Flamed maple top is very well done, the join is barely visible, unless you look very hard.

7. Being a "short scale" bass, it will be easier for a guitarist to make the transition to bass with one of these, rather than with a "standard scale" bass.

8. Even with postage costs, it is cheaper to buy from Thomann, than to buy from my own country (AU). This is one of three guitars I have purchased (all in one order) and their quality control, in my case, is second to none.


1. Being a hollow body, it suffers badly from the dreaded "neck dive" so even when seated, a strap is a must.

2. The shape does not make for comfortable lap placement.

In summary: I am completely satisfied with this bass guitar and would recommend it to anyone, anywhere in the world.



Just buy it
Anonymous 19.11.2016
I have been looking for a short scale bass for some time and I was also kicking around the idea of an acoustic bass....then of course the obvious hit's you, original might just be best!

Once it arrived, not at all disappointed, in fact very much the opposite. This is my third Harley Benton guitar (but first bass) and so my expectations were already high. As expected, it came pretty well set up, nearly in tune, well packaged and on time.

Somebody else reckoned this was the same as another Violin Bass that costs twice as much and I am inclined to agree. It looks amazing, plays really well, yes it neck dives (but it will) but in it has been a revelation, why didn't I buy one years ago! I also have a Ricky and between them, I have all bases covered for my style in terms of tone.

This bass plays so well, pick or finger style, has such a warm tone and is difficult to put down, I have just the smallest constructive criticism, the fret markers on the side of the neck are just a bit too "vintage" and so being small and overtly "yellowed", are difficult to see in anything other than daylight, bit brighter wouldn't go amiss, other than, just love it.


The best Harley Benton and probably my best Bass
JustRachael 09.01.2022
I've bought a few HB's over the years and this was the biggest surprise. It's not perfect, I'll explain below, but what you get for the price doesn't make sense, it's that good.

It's beautiful, it looks amazing. Let's face it, you're probably buying this for the image, it's not top of the list for 95% of Bass players. The finish is great, the binding is spot on, it's what you hope it will be.

The tuners are ok (that's good in Harley Benton language). The pots aren't scratchy, the switches are good (a little confusing at first), I had no fret sprout and the strings it arrived with were ok but will get changed in a week or two.

I knew it would need a setup and it got one. What did I have to do?

The fretboard was dry, unbelievably dry. It took me a bit of time to lemon oil it three times. Once it was done, it looks good. The end of the fretboard is roughly cut and finished and will need tidying, but it looks ok. The frets were a little rough and needed a good polish but there was no sprout so that only took 30 minutes. The intonation was ok so I marked it up, allowed for a little adjustment, and removed the bridge for a body polish. The neck was flat, way too flat, so I added a little relief which also lowered the action as it came really, really high. I tightened up the tuners although I will replace them soon although I really don't need to, they're fine. Finally, I lubed the nut (not like that) as it's plastic so a little lead is a good idea.

Once done, I tuned it up and left it for a few hours to settle. Now I can't stop playing it. There's a lot of neck dive, all violin basses do this, you'll need a strap, remember this is a hollow body bass and it's unavoidable.

I've always thought Harley Bentons were underpriced, this one doesn't make sense. It's that good.

If you can do the basics I listed above, get one. It's not even worth sparing a thought, just buy one. I promise you won't be disappointed.


So much fun
FBGDWB 25.03.2021
What a fun little bass! I plan to use it when my old arthritic hands are acting up. It's so light and the short scale is very comfortable. I would love to give it five stars across the board but there were a few unfortunate deficiencies.

- overall, the look is lovely
- nice looking binding, hardware & sunburst effect on many surfaces, including sides and back of headstock
- the frets are finished nicely
- considering the thousands of kilometers it travelled from Germany to western Canada, the set-up was amazing: great action & intonation; even very close to being in tune
- the controls make serious changes to the sound

- there are weird light markings long the edge of the fretboard, almost like someone sanded it a bit and took off the finish
- there are some tiny blemishes or uneven spots in the finish both on the wood and the chrome; not noticeable from any distance
- the only serious concern is that it ships with round-wound strings and I had to immediately put D'Addario flat-wounds on; the sound was pretty wonky otherwise

Despite the CONS, I think I will love playing this bass. The sound is unlike any other I've played. It definitely is not the sound for all purposes. It is a thumpy sound; there's basically no sustain. Having said that, the non-playing strings tend to ring a lot, especially on the "SOLO" setting. You need to be very good at muting if you switch from "RHYTHM".

All in all, I'd say this bass is all you'd need if you wanted to add that 60s sound to your repertoire.


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