Harley Benton BZ-5000 NT

5-String Electric Bass

  • Deluxe Series
  • Body: Ash / Nato / Ash
  • Top and back: Sycamore
  • Neck-through 5-piece maple / nato / maple / nato / maple neck
  • Fretboard: Ebonol
  • 24 Frets
  • 16.5 mm String spacing
  • Scale: 864 mm (long scale)
  • Nut width: 45 mm
  • Graphite nut
  • Pickups: G&B Humbucker
  • With 18 V 3-band active / passive EQ
  • Controls: Volume, balance, bass, mids and treble
  • Black DLX hardware
  • Bushing bridge
  • DLX diecast machine heads
  • Strings: D'Addario 45 - 65 - 80 - 100 -130
  • Finish: Natural High-Gloss
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Colour Natural
Soundboard Ash, Nato
Neck Maple, Nato
Fretboard Ebonol
Frets 24
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System HH
Elektronic Aktive, Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Absolutely amazing!
G. Hilton, 25.09.2019
I just received my order at 12:38 PM, 20-09-2019. Only about 40 hours after ordering, WOW.. Normal shipping marks on the carton packaging, and everything arrived perfectly. The bass guitar case is really more than I could expect. As for the BZ-5000 NT, that is another surprise. I have been playing almost 50 years and have played guitars of all ranges. This bass is a working players dream come true. I tuned and tested it on a Line 6 Spider IV 150. This resulted in blowing my mind. Quality, Sound, and a fantastic feel has impressed me so much that I am in a mild state of wonderment.

Any one who is wondering how good it is need only realize that the value and quality are outstanding. I have played basses much more expensive and was never as satisfied with the sound and feel as this one. Great designing. Now I hope to save for a Fusion II with anticipation.

Harley Benton is definitely a performers 5-Starr choice.
Thank you for providing such a fantastic product.

Update:
October 18,2019, One month after receiving my BZ-5000 NT, I cannot get over how amazing this bass sounds. I made a minor adjustment for my playing style as I sort of play a lead guitar attack on bass. I have never adapted to, nor enjoyed a bass for the punch and tone as this one. One month in and I am totally hooked on Harley Benton for these simple reasons:
1. Quality.
2. Tone and Presence.
3. Perfect playability and comfort as I have larger hands but prefer a slimmer neck for ease and speed.
4. Everything I ever wanted in a bass in one perfect package.

Thanks Thomann!
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Compares very well to more expensive basses
Jools4001, 20.03.2016
My main bass is a fabulous, hand made 'boutique' bass from a very well respected UK luthier. If you were to order one today it would cost you around £3500.

I ordered the Harley Benton as a budget level back up bass simply because it looked good, had similar neck through construction to my main bass and I reckoned that as long as it was reasonably playable I could upgrade the pickups and electronics to bring it closer to the levels that I have become used to.

I don't have to bother, this bass is very, very impressive right out of the box.

Obviously, the woods chosen to make this bass are not quite up to the AAAAA grade of my main player, but they are very acceptable and the bass is very nicely made. There are just a couple of tiny spots of dust in the lacquer and one place where the glue line between the laminates has had about 1mm of filler applied. The phenolic fingerboard has a small patch that looks a bit more shiny than the rest, but my fingers will soon change that as I play it.

The neck is a good profile, not too thin nor too chunky. It had too much bow in the neck when it arrived and needed 3/4 of a turn on the trussrod to get the right relief. The bridge saddles were too high for my taste and the nut slots are still a bit high and will need filing to get them to an optimum level, but then any new bass needs a set up. The fretwork is nicely done, all the frets are smooth and level with no buzzes or choking anywhere, the fourth fret has a very slightly catchy edge on the treble side but nothing major.

The bridge is fine and the tuners are smooth.

Once set up, this bass plays very nicely. The sound is helped by the fresh D'addario strings it comes with but it has a good range of tones. In passive mode it sounds nice, a little like a Fender Jazz and the pickup blend control works very nicely giving a good range of tone with some nice subtle tone changes between the two extremes. In active mode it adds more depth or top end sparkle as required and the electronics seem hum and hiss free. Of course if you boost the treble right up the tone gets brittle, but again that applies to nearly all active basses. The mid control is a little disappointing since it doesn't have a huge effect but all the centre frequencies of the electronics seem well chosen and all the tones you can coax out of the bass (apart from the real extremes) are very useable.

I haven't gigged this bass yet, nor even rehearsed with it, so it still needs more real world testing, but first impressions are very favourable. I have to keep reminding myself that this bass cost less than one tenth of my main bass. It's tempting to say this is a great bass "for the price", I would just say no, never mind the price, this bass compares very very well with much more expensive instruments.
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