Harley Benton B-550 White Progressive Series

5-String Electric Bass

  • Body: Alder
  • Bolt-on neck: Canadian maple
  • Fretboard: Black walnut
  • Tai chi inlays
  • Neck profile: Modern D
  • 24 Frets
  • Scale: 864 mm (Long Scale)
  • Nut width: 45 mm
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 humbuckers with active preamp
  • 1 Balance, 1 bass, 1 treble and 1 volume knob with push/pull function (active/passive)
  • Black hardware
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • String gauge: .045" - .130"
  • Colour: White
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Colour White
Soundboard Alder
Neck Maple
Fretboard Black Walnut
Frets 24
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System HH
Elektronic Active
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Good budget bass - after modifications

21.06.2015
I?ve been a bass player for many years but have always stuck to ?name? brands (Precision, Gibson Thunderbird, Rickenbacker etc).

Having never played 5-string I didn?t want to spend loads of money on something I may not take to, so thought this bass was cheap enough to try.

I am not going to go into great detail about this bass as most of the relevant points have been made by Howard who reviewed the black version, but some points are worth expanding on.

Firstly, on initial connection, the sound was very distorted and scratchy until I found that all the controls were loose. The strings are not very good, but this is easily remedied. The biggest flaw is the battery ? as has been said elsewhere, the battery is always live even with the jack cable removed. This is because the active circuitry needs to be earthed. However, the solution is easier than fitting a toggle switch. On removing the back plate, I found that the negative side of the battery was connected to the jack socket as normal. I also found that the earth lead (yellow in my case) from the active circuitry was also connected to the socket. A little solder work to remove the yellow cable from the socket and connect it to the earth side of the volume pot fixed the problem in 2 minutes.

On the plus side the bass is a comfortable weight and well distributed (although I?m not particularly keen on the quirky chamfered body shape). I also like the idea of the push/pull volume pot to switch between active and passive ? although, if there was some LED indication of battery state you would never need to go passive!

All in all, this is a very usable bass after some modifications and I consider it to be reasonable value for money.
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Amazing quality for the price

Daniele Lupo, 31.03.2018
I bought this bass as I am building my own small studio at home, and I obviously want to be able to record whatever without depending on nothing or anybody whenever I want to.
The bass came perfectly packed, ordered on Thursday/Friday (can't remember exactly) and was at my place by Monday, amazing as always.

In general the quality of the build was almost perfect, only 2 small imperfections:
1. The jack plate wasn't perfectly centered on the side of the body, risulting in the plate itself popping out of a mm or 2 from the top of the body.
2. The fretboard was rather dry, and you could clearly feel it by touch and just by looking at it.
It has to be said that these are details that do not compromise the sound of the instrument in any way whatsoever, therefore I didn't and still don't care.
Especially considered the fact that everything else, such as the finish of the body, frets and related edges, neck finish, pickup alignment, headstock design, all absolutely perfect, completely spot on.

Furthermore the instrument feels extremely balanced and comfortable, not too heavy at all, and very very nice to play with a great sustain I must say.

Once hooked up to an amp, the sound is very pleasant, full and rich in dynamics. The different controls give a great aid in shaping the sound according to one's liking, and allow the instrument to be played in several genres of music, from metal to blues, rock, pop, maybe even jazz.

I must say I am totally blown away by this instrument, considering what I have paid for it, and considering that for any other brand, to get something that sounds like this, I would have had to spend at least 3 times the price.

Definitely recommended to anyone who needs a great bass and is on a budget, or to any player looking to approach a 5 string for the first time.
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5-String Electric Bass Body: Alder, Bolt-on neck: Canadian maple, Fretboard: Black walnut, Tai chi inlays, Neck profile: Modern D, 24 Frets, Scale: 864 mm (Long Scale), Nut width: 45 mm, Dual...

  • Colour: White
  • Soundboard: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Black Walnut
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: Long Scale
  • Pickup System: HH
  • Elektronic: Active
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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5-String Electric Bass Body: Alder, Bolt-on neck from Canadian maple, Neck profile: Modern D, Fretboard: Black Walnut, Tai-Chi inlays, 24 Frets, Scale: 864 mm (Long scale), Nut width: 45 mm, Double...

  • Colour: Black
  • Soundboard: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Black Walnut
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: Long Scale
  • Pickup System: HH
  • Elektronic: Active
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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5-String Electric Bass Body: Alder, Bolt-on neck from Canadian maple, Neck profile: Modern D, Fretboard: Black Walnut, Tai-Chi inlays, 24 Frets, Scale: 864 mm (Long scale), Nut width: 45 mm, Double...

  • Colour: Black
  • Soundboard: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Black Walnut
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: Long Scale
  • Pickup System: HH
  • Elektronic: Active
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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