Harley Benton BZ-6000 NT

6-String Electric Bass

  • Deluxe Series
  • Ash/Nato/Ash body
  • Sycamore top and back
  • 5-Piece maple/nato/maple/nato/maple neck
  • Neck-through-body neck attachment
  • Ebonol fretboard
  • 24 Frets
  • Scale: 890 mm (Extra long scale)
  • Nut width: 54 mm
  • 17 mm String spacing
  • Graphite nut
  • Pickups: 2x G&B humbuckers
  • With 18 V 3-band active/passive EQ
  • Controls: Volume with push-pull function, balance, bass, mids and treble
  • Black DLX hardware
  • Bushing bridge
  • DLX diecast machine heads
  • Strings: D'Addario .032 - .045 - .065 - .080 - .100 - .130
  • Colour: Natural High-gloss
  • Suitable case available under Article Nr 212517 (not included)

Further Information

Basic Shape Other
Colour Natural
Body Ash, Nato
Neck Maple, Nato
Fretboard Ebonol
Frets 24
Scale Longscale
Pickup System HH
Elektronic Active, Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Bargain 6-string.
Ben8786, 10.02.2015
To be honest the price tag might make you think this is a cheap quality bass. I bought this as a primary bass due to my old one deceasing and budget requirements :/ However, I can see myself happily using this as my primary until things improve financially.

It's a reassuring weight, shipping label says 3kg, it can get a bit heavy after a couple of hours standing. It feels "nice and comfortable" on, the neck length again comfortable, width of the neck and string spacing slightly more than I'm used to, again though nothing horrible. It plays nice and clearly, coming with D'addario's light? gauge, maybe the B string is a touch flappy for my taste, but that's minor and can be changed.
I ended up playing very happily for a couple of hours, so far as the neck goes (and seated) this is a pretty "fast" neck and has a good bouncy feel to play. Oh, tuning is also solid and excellent :)
I don't slap much, but it lent itself nicely to the little I do, some good poppy sounds. I tend to play bluesy/prog/rock and it's a great sound for that.

Day 2: Into studio and played through a so-so Ashdown 2x10 + 15. Absolute blinder, there's a 2x9volt active which I found unusual, but hell this packs a punch, no eq, straight out this sounds fantastic - I think with a slightly heavier gauge set on this it'd be fantastic, although straight out it's probably pretty cool for low-end metal too :) My band are all jaw-dropped at this.

The bass itself looks fantastic, thru-neck AND thru-body - again unusual, but there's killer sustain. Tuners are standard and solid, bridge perhaps feels a little light to me, but again that thru-body stringing is a really nice tough.
Overall, finish and build quality is excellent, if there's one place money is saved it's the "Ebonol" synthetic wood? fingerboard, which did leave some black "residue" like felt tip pen on my fingers, but I've played that off and it's ifne now. This is where the money has been saved and is the only disappointment to me. For the money though, this is worth twice what you could pay. Very pleased.
Some videos on youtube of this are worth checking out (not mine).
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Almost perfect...
22.03.2017
Feel: This is a HEAVY bass (not a deal breaker at all). The neck feels very good, smooth and comfortable in shape, with unrestricted access all the way to the 24th fret, not a single dead note. The pickups' placements work for me. Personally, the string spacing and neck both could be a bit wider, but i'm around 1.96m (6'5") with fairly large hands and fingers and that's entirely subjective anyway. Zero neck dive; this bass balances like a dream. 10/10.

Electronics: 18v preamp = healthy signal with sufficient headroom. My onboard preamp knobs are completely different in terms of what they are supposed to control when compared to what i have seen from users on YouTube. Thomann themselves sent me an image numbering the knobs, which doesn't match what the knobs actually do (except the volume). There is a huge drop in output when the pickup selector is placed dead centre. A sliver to the bridge or the neck position though and the level kicks in big time. Faulty placement aside, the knobs do what they are supposed to and they do it well. Zero noise, very dynamic (specially the bass knob, its a beast), love the sound. 9/10

Build quality: Some of the isolated bridges are offset in that they are not perfectly parallel to each other. A couple of them are actually slightly off-contact with the body. That being said, they are not loose, so there's no loss of overall integrity. The knobs feel okay, but the tuners seem flimsy. All screws on this bass are plain bad, those heads will wear off pretty soon. The dual truss rods seem solid. The body is rock solid, as is the finish. 6/10.

Overall: Presuming that other basses don't have the problems that my piece has with the offset bridge system or the output drop when the pickup selector is centered, this would be a GOOD bass. Factor in the price point, and its just plain excellent. I have used it live a couple of times. Set everything flat (except the pickup selector) and i got a very usable tone right there. I tried opening the bass knob a smidgen; the whole stage started to rumble! That preamp is a powerhouse! There's enough power there and then some, and although i have yet to use this beast in the studio, i have no doubt that it will deliver. The preamp is VERY verstaile in terms of its tone shaping prospects. The features are great in general. At this price point, its just awesome! 9/10.

Special thanks to Thomann for, firstly, making Harley Benton products happen, secondly, making them available at these wallet-friendly prices and thirdly, having the best website in the business, coupled with top notch customer care.
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WHAT IN THE WORLD?!
JDVtheBassist, 11.09.2017
This bass has some VERY serious features! I could not believe it. I sold a 6-string Modulus Q6 bass. When I sold it, I felt so bad and I wanted to get a 6-string bass back into my collection without spending a lot of money. However, there were certain features I was looking for, and the price tag just kept going higher and higher with other brands. Then, I found this Harley Benton. Since it was an online purchase, I was very skeptical that this was going to be any good. But, it had the features I was looking for, so I took a shot. OH MY GOODNESS! This thing is incredible! First, it has a 35" scale, which means the low B resonates with great clarity. Also helping the resonance is the fact that it is a neck-through bass...just one piece of wood from neck to body. The electronics sound amazing! So much ability to shape the sound...it even sounds better than my old Modulus. The electronics are active, and there is an option to pull the volume switch and make it passive. The parts, like the tuners, and saddle, are good quality. It has ports on the back so you can change batteries without unscrewing anything. And the wood is beautiful...all the layers...it looks like plywood, but super expensive plywood or something! The finish is a very high shiny clear coat. This thing is amazing! Could not ask for a better purchase. I'm going to consider Harley Benton for several more purchases now. Wow...just wow!
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Excellent sound, value, but HEAVY.
24.06.2016
I bought a BZ-6000 a few weeks ago and having lived with it for a while, I can give a proper review.

First of all, the aesthetics - the sycamore top on the example I purchased has an *exquisite* flame to it. My heart almost legitimately skipped a beat when I opened the box and took it out of its wrapper/sheet/cover thing. The overall vibe might not be your thing if you're not into the whole woodgrain/flame thing, however.

(Additionally, props to all involved when it comes to the packaging and what not - double boxed and very well secured.)

Features wise, this bass is really very tonally versatile with its 18v active circuitry and three-band EQ (how many other basses have 18v electronics at this price range? Not many, I'll warrant). The fact that one can switch the active electronics altogether is another string in its bow - you coud have the active EQ set up for, say, a slap-bass sound, play most of the set with the volume knob out on a 'regular' bass sound, then pop the active circuit in when you need to get funky like a monkey.

Looks like the bridge can be strung either through-body or over the top - I haven't tried to change strings yet, so I can't confirm this for sure.

Drawbacks - the big one is the weight of the thing. I have a few heavy instruments - my Chapman ML-1, for example is a weighty (but great sounding and playing) lump of a guitar. This is a whole other level, however. If you want to gig this, I recommend straplocks and a VERY sturdy strap. I'm mostly using this for recordings at home, however, so this is less of an issue for me (I still like to play strapped-up when I can though, so this is something I'll have to investigate the best solution for).

As a personal preference note, I would've liked a more satin finish to the neck, but your mileage may vary.

Overall though, this instrument represents genuinely excellent value for money, and if you're wanting to dip your toe into the 6-string waters, you could do way worse than picking up an HB-6000.
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