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Harley Benton JB-40FL SB

Harley Benton JB-40FL SB

Fretless Bass

  • Body made from American ash
  • Bolt-on neck made of Canadian maple with rosewood skunk stripe
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 20 Fret lines
  • 2 mm Side marks
  • Nut width: 38 mm
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Double Action trussrod
  • Pickups: 2 Alnico Wilkinson MWBJ JB style single coils
  • 2x Volume & 1x tone control
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Classic butterfly machine heads
  • Strings: Daddario .045 - .104
  • Colour: 3 - Tone sunburst

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Very very pleased - a far better bass than the price tag suggests

David1237, 10.02.2017
I was very impressed with this Harley Benton fretless bass. It looks, feels and sounds like a bass that is £250-£350 and I would thoroughly recommend it. The neck is absolutely perfect regardless of price. The body was a well matched 3 piece with lovely grain and a flawless finish. The weight is great for me as it is very well balanced and heavier than my Ibanez which neck dives all the time. The pickups look a bit cheap due to the shiny plastic finish, but are Wilkinsons and sound fine. They are low output but have a detailed, clear sound without noise. The tuners are fine and the bass not only arrived in tune straight from a 3 day delivery, but holds its tune very well day to day. The tone and pickup volume pots look a bit cheap and are a bit on/off rather than allowing detailed sound adjustment, but for 3 distinctive tones, it is fine. The strings are D'Addario roundwounds and haven't caused any significant wear to the rosewood fretboard despite a weeks worth of playing for about 2 hours per day. The price was exactly what Thomann's quoted with the addition of a £3.75 transaction fee applied by my bank, and there were no customs fees. Overall I am utterly pleased with this fretless bass and have no hesitation in recommending it to you. I have Gibson, Fender and Gretsch professional end guitars in my collection and have no embarrassment putting this Harley Benton on display next to them - it looks a really lovely bass.
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Stunningly good value

bjbmusic, 26.12.2015
Caveat first: I'm not a particularly experienced bassist so seasoned players might find more niggles, but then this at this price point you'd be silly to expect something utterly flawless.

This is of course a clone of the classic "Jaco" jazz bass, but without the current vogue for a paint job to mimic the wear and dents.

The finish is beautiful. On very close inspection I can see the lacquer overran going into the slots for the pickups but really, this complaining about this would be nit-picking of the highest order.

From what I understand, Harley Benton's range is built in China and probably branded for all sorts of companies. What you are getting with Harley Benton is not a custom built instrument, but one that Thomann's techs quality check and set up before sending out. In principle this means they act as a filter on the usual problem of variation in mass-produced, untested, no-name imports.

I put a set of Fender 9050L flatwound strings on mine and that completes the package for me, but the roundwound strings it came with seemed good quality (I forget which brand but they were a known name). It has Wilkinson pickups, which means little to me but again, it's a step up from "whichever pickups we got cheap that day".

I've found no obvious dead spots on the neck and my only moment where I wondered about the quality was when I was restringing it and one of the tuners felt slightly uneven. That said, the tuners on my Precision feel similar so perhaps that's just how that style of tuner feels. In any case, it's been holding its tuning nicely.

All in all, this feels like a really good value for money instrument. No, it's not going to compete with instruments ten times its price, but it's a very usable bass and so far has been a pleasure to play. Top marks.
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€148 £127.95
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