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Harley Benton JB-75 SB Vintage Series RW

Electric Bass

  • Body: American ash
  • Bolt-on neck from Canadian maple
  • Neck shape: C-Section
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Block inlays
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Nut width: 38 mm
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell JBA Alnico-5 JB Style single coils
  • 2 Volume- and 1 tone knob
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Classic PB-Style tuners
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario .045 - .100
  • Colour: 3-Tone sunburst high gloss

Further information

Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Ash
Neck Maple
Fretboard Rosewood
Frets 20
Scale Longscale
Pickup System JJ
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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She's a beauty!

Darragh, 09.09.2014
I had just joined a band and I was stuck for a bass - I had been using a signature series Ibanez I borrowed from a friend. I was pretty broke at the time, so I took a gamble and ordered the cheapest bass I could find. I was pretty aprehensive about it, I've played some pretty horrible basses in my time but I went with my gut (and the endless amount of good reviews).

For the price you pay, this bass is a masterpiece. The sound quality surpassed ALL of my expectations, not to mention it's absolutely gorgeous. I've been playing for 14 years and I've been through a lot of basses, I can't express enough how great this instrument is for the price.

There are some problems with the hardwawrd. It has been well broken in since I first received it and the jack screws seem prone to wear - twice I've had the jack itself come loose at gigs, requiring a quick screwdriver job to fix.

It is also quite heavy, which is tiresome for those longer shows.

Aside from that, I've had no problems. Well worth it. I just ordered the fretless version of this bass and I CANNOT wait to play her.

Happy bassing!
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Best bass for it's price!

Young-Bin, 23.04.2016
First of all, I was blown away by the quality of this instrument. I heard very good reviews about it before but I was still a bit skeptical...BUT it was JUST as I had heard it would be.

The hardware on this is really worth much more than how much I payed for it. Wilkinson pickups and bridge?? wow.
Great quality stuff there.

The looks on this bass...well you be the judge of that. Doesn't it look great??
- 70s style block pearloid inlays (you won't find this kind of look for this kind of money)
- lovely 3 tone sunburst on a quality American ash
- Harley Benton(thomann) really killed in the looks department on this one, in a good way ofcourse.

It sounds great! I did an AB with a Fender Mexican Jazz Bass and I personally thought this was on par if not better than the Fender!! unbelievable! There is also a good response with the blend knobs.

I had this for about 1 and a half weeks and I couldn't really find much fault in the build of the bass. The frets are nicely trimmed on the sides so it doesn't hurt your hands, and it came setup very well! All I had to do was maybe adjust the saddles to intonate it a little bit but even that was very small. It also seems to be very durable so it should be fine when going on stage as well as on the road.

The only 2 cons I found about this instrument was the pickguard and the weight.

The pickguard doesn't really look like a genuine turtoise shell pickguard up close. Looks a bit "cheap" but that's nothing you can't fix by changing it.

The heavy weight can be both a pro and a con.
It's heavy because it's made of American ash body and that actually contributes to the resonance of the bass as there is more material and mass BUT for a guy like me who isn't "bulky", this might be a problem as it's too heavy to play long hours on stage.
SO my fix on this was buying a good quality strap.
I got a Mono Cases "The Betty Strap" which is doing a miracle work for me. It balances out the weight of the bass and has paddings to relieve the stress on my shoulders. So get a nice strap! I recommend the Betty Strap.

All in all, Great instrument! Great Price! Great Service!
Kudos to you Thomann!!
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You absolutely cannot do better for the price

John3466, 15.11.2015
This is without a doubt the best new instrument I have ever purchased for $130. Come to think of it, I've never bought a used instrument this good for anything even close to this amount.

What is the cost of a fully bound, block inlay Fender style Jazz neck on the aftermarket anyways? I'd bet that it's more than the cost of this entire guitar.

How about the Wilkinson pickups and hardware? What would that cost you?

Plus an American swamp ash body.

You couldn't build this bass on your own as cheap as Thomann sells it for, it's as simple as that.


I own two bass guitars with which I can compare this Harley Benton Jazz Bass: A Squire Affinity P Bass, and a Fender Modern Player Tele Bass. While the Benton absolutely demolishes the Squire, and I mean badly, I can honestly say that it is every bit as good as the Fender Modern Player bass.

Unlike a Squire Affinity, this Benton is a full sized bass, with a full thickness body and all of the attendant weight. It does not look, feel, nor sound like a beginners bass.

It has excellent quality hardware, from the tuners, bridge, and pickups, right down to the strap buttons and neck plate. This instrument was made with some serious attention to detail. It feels solid, substantial, heavy, and extremely well put together. As it came it was flawless, without so much as a single blemish.

The bridge has a good amount of mass to it and doesn't look at all like what you'd expect to see on a bass at this price.

Likewise, the tuners are very smooth and solid. This bass easily goes into tune and stays there.

The body is shaped exactly like a Fender Jazz bass. It is much more a scary close simulacrum than it is an inspired copy. I'm not complaining, as Fender got it right on the proportions of the J bass. The grain of the ash body is clearly visible through the finish and is quite attractive. Although from the back it looks like the body is two center joined pieces, it's hard to say how many pieces actually make up a guitar like this. Whatever the case is, it sure is pretty.

The neck is a very nice, straight line grained piece of maple. It has a satin, almost unfinished feel that is very comfortable. Although the photos on Thomann's website don't show this model having a skunk stripe on the back of the neck, mine does have one, which I actually prefer. The neck to body pocket union is super clean and tight.

The fretboard was a little dry out of the box, which I know from experience is common with a new Harley Benton. Once I had applied a generous coat of purified linseed oil it revealed itself to be an absolutely gorgeous piece of rosewood. It's a really nice, dark chocolate colored, tight grained, smooth piece of real estate to move your fingers across. The inlays are well done and the fretwork is of quite good quality. The neck binding is also flawless and clean, even around the heel where it can tend to get sloppy on inexpensive guitars.

I had read complaints in some of the reviews that claimed the pickguard looked extremely cheap, though I don't see that at all. It is a clean, handsome, and 3 ply.

Two things that I was particularly surprised by was the nice strap buttons and the rubber gasket behind the neck plate. These are quality touches that you simply don't expect to see on a budget priced instrument.

The nut looks clean and is cut well.

Out of the box the action was a bit high for my taste, though after adjusting the truss rod and lowering the bridge barrels slightly I was able to achieve an action such that the bass virtually played itself. The tiny Jazz bass neck makes playing a breeze.

Before I received this bass I was already planning on cutting the headstock into a Fender shape. Now that I actually have the thing, I think that I don't want to touch it. It is so perfect and beautiful that I now believe it should be left alone.

Imagine that, a $130 instrument that doesn't need to we tweaked in any way. Even the cheap mini-pots work satisfactorily. What's an inveterate cheap guitar modification addict to do other than shut up and just play the thing.

The JB-75 sounds very full, round, and tight, with excellent definition, just like one expects of a good Jazz Bass. The range of tones possible on this bass is very wide.

If you're thinking about getting an inexpensive bass guitar, do yourself a favor and seriously consider this one. I can't imagine that you could possibly do better for the price and I highly recommend it.

Read my full review, see lots of detailed pics, and listen to a sound demo here:

[LINK]
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Wow!

12.07.2016
I have to say I?m astonished at what I received for ¤139. I?ve been playing bass for 45 years and have owned more than my fair share of top name brand basses. I bought this more out of curiosity than anything and expected to play it a few minutes and return it. No, that?s not what happened. First, the woods used to make this bass are excellent. Swamp Ash, Maple and Palissander are used by the best makers. The tailpiece is a good solid medium weight part with brass saddles. The pickups are very decent with plenty of lows, mids and highs. The pots are smooth and clean, no scratchy noise. The nut was cut perfectly. The finish is also very well done. The neck is a little thick for my liking but it plays smooth and fast. The bass overall is very solidly built. And yes, it is quite heavy. Not a problem for me since I sit while playing.

I did have a couple of minor issues with mine. The fret job was a bit lacking and I was getting a lot of fret buzz in a few places. The tuners are also not that good. I spent a couple hours leveling the frets, re-crowning them and buffing them, along with putting a set of Fender tuners on it that I had lying around. I have the knowhow and tools do this kind of work on guitars and it didn?t take long or much effort to fix these issues. This is now my go-to fretted bass when I?m not playing my Ric 4001v63.

Despite the minor issues with the bass, I?m still giving it 5 stars. You simply can?t buy a better instrument for the price. Oh, and did I mention this is a great looking bass? ;-)
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Stylish and great sounding bass guitar

24.05.2016
First time when I opened the box, maaaan.... what a beatifull guitar, top quality finish, great design....
I check the neck and string setup and after one hour was everything adjusted and ready for play. Turned it on and... after a hour of playing....waaaaw... the sound is unbelievable.
The Wilkinson Alnico Vintage JB are perfect!!! And not only pickups, the bass is really from one piece of wood, is heavy but sounds like dream. My friend is pro bass player and have a lot of very expensive bass quitars, of course is owner one of kind old custom Fender Jazz Bass where price is few thousand euros and when he heard this instrument, he staied with opened mouth.
We both agreed its profi instrument for a fraction of the price.
This quitar takes the Harley Benton brand to another level...
Thumbs UP!!! Thanks, Thomann :)
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Love that bass

29.04.2014
I am playing bass more than 1 year, but i am playing guitars since 12 maybe, then i start to went to music school so music are my passion. At first i have Tokai P-bass, but i very want to have a Jazz bass, so i sold it and buy this Harley benton JB-75 vintage series jazz bass.

It looks very nice, every day i am enjoying it! that bass is hanging on wall in my room. I want to say that in live that bass looks better than in photos.

Sound great, good wood, good pickups, true jazz bass sound. and btw good setup out og the box. good bridge factory setup.

BUT, it is a little heavy.. for young child who is starting playing bass it can be to heavy, if you will standing with it. it weights 5kg. I am 21 years old, for me it's okey it will not break my back.. i fill comfortable with it, so if you are not kid it's okey :)

you can check my videos of that bass there - https://[LINK]
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Harley Benton JB-75 SB Vintage Series RW
Harley Benton JB-75 SB Vintage Series RW

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  • Scale: Longscale
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  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Scale: Longscale
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  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Pickup System: JJ
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Incl. Case: No
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