Harley Benton B-650 Black Progressive Series

6-String Bass Guitar

  • Body: Alder
  • Bolt-on neck made of Canadian maple
  • Modern D profile
  • Fretboard: Black Walnut
  • Tai Chi inlays
  • 24 Frets
  • Scale: 864 mm (long scale)
  • Nut width: 51 mm
  • 2 Double action truss rods
  • Pickup: 2 humbuckers with active preamp
  • 1 Balance, 1 bass, 1 treble and 1 volume control with push/pull function (active/passive)
  • Black hardware
  • Diecast machine heads
  • String spacing: 16 mm
  • String gauges: 032-130
  • Colour: High gloss black
No JavaScript? No Audio Samples! :-(

Sound samples

 
0:00
  • Blues
  • Impro
  • Metal

Further information

Basic Shape JP-Style
Colour Black
Body Alder
Neck Maple
Fretboard Black Walnut
Frets 24
Scale Longscale
Pickup System HH
Elektronic Active
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

Come up with your own creative bundle and save

If you order this product together with others as part of a bundle, you can save up to 8 % additionally!
Harley Benton B-650 Black Progressive Series + Harley Benton GC 6 PR Vintage Tweed +
7 more
Configure bundle now
starting from 166 €

These are other customers' choices:

Customers who looked at this item have bought these:

Harley Benton B-650 Black Progressive Series
88% bought this exact product
Harley Benton B-650 Black Progressive Series
Available immediately
Available immediately

This item is in stock and can be dispatched immediately.

Standard Delivery Times
166 € Add to Cart
Harley Benton BZ-6000 NT
7% bought Harley Benton BZ-6000 NT 359 €
Ibanez GSR206B-WNF
1% bought Ibanez GSR206B-WNF 291 €
Our most popular Miscellaneous 6-String Basses
106 customer ratings:
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
4.7 / 5.0
  • features
  • sound
  • quality
70 written ratings Read all reviews
Total
features
sound
quality

Harley Benton B-650 Black

John162, 27.03.2015
this is an instrument i am sort of familiar with .
i bought a five string version of this guitar six months ago ..and thought that it was a great instrument ..and am very happy with that .. i didn't really think that there would be any difference between then.. and i was right .. yes you have a low B .. but now i have the high c .. makes a difference when your writing songs and the ability to scale high down to low when your improvising .. has a greater range ..obviously you may say : )
but the cost is a huge appealing factor hear .. cheap budget poor quality instrument here is not the case .
this like all the harley benton range are superbly constructed ..well balanced ...reliable look good .. feel good ... and definitely sound good .. because you'd have to be a bit silly to buy one ..ie five string .. then a six string ..
i guess because i had the confidence knowing it would deliver .
the active pre amp makes it very responsive to all style of playing ..
weather finger style or plectrum .. in fact it makes it easier .
like i said it feels great to hold ..and for a six string neck i was very surprised to see and feel how easy it was still was to play .
All the hardware is robust ..
the tuning keys are very precise .
the neck is a very easy feeling to it .. this eases play .
It can also be used passive or active ..which is handy adding a wider variety of sounds .
the bolt on neck i particular like ..the rigidity enhances the sustain through the body .
the paintwork is of a high standard ..and looks up there with some of the more expensive guitars ..
I don't really have any negative comments on this instrument really .
i am happy with this guitar as i was happy with the previous ..
a very reasonable price ..
great for gigging ..recording .. a great all rounder .
i have no regrets ..and would easily and happily recommend this guitar to anyone .
another great priced instrument from H B .
three basses i have from H B and impressed with all of them at a great price as well ..
hope this gives you some insight to low end priced bass guitars .
i'm happy with mine ..
thank you harley benton : )
Helpful · Not helpful · Report review
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
features
sound
quality

A great bass and for this price just utterly amazing

Naetharu, 13.10.2015
I picked this bass up a few weeks ago after joining a Prog/Metal band and finding myself in need of an instrument with a low-B string. Previously I've always played 4-strings (A Maruszczyk Elwood X is my main bass) and so this was a big change for me.

In terms of build quality the bass is very good. There are a few rough edges, such as the finish on the bottom edge of the fret-board and a couple of scuffs on the hardware, but nothing you'd notice without going and really looking for it.

The electronics are very impressive given the price of the bass. The EQ is usable, with a good range of +/- on all three pots. It's easy to get a good tone that cuts through the mix even when playing along with a couple of noisy metal guitarists. The passive sound is also very nice, perhaps the best of the lot. The only issue is that there is a loud 'pop' when swapping between passive and active modes so it is not easy to use the active as a means of boosting volume / altering tone mid-song unless you can get away with muting the bass for a moment first.

Despite being a six-string the bass is very manageable with good ergonomics. The neck is a kind of D shape with a noticeable flattened section on the back. It does get chunky toward the body of the bass, but it never feels un-manageable. The fret-board has a very flat radius - it feels almost like playing on a classical guitar - which took some getting used to, but it works well and lends itself to fast runs and string-bending with ease.

I did find the bridge to be a bit of a problem. The saddles sit too tightly in the 'monorail' slots and so adjusting the intonation was a nightmare. I had to use a spanner to lever the saddles to get them to move, which resulted in a lot of trial and error and over-adjustment before I finally got the thing intonated properly. This job would normally take me ~5 mins on my expensive basses, and I would estimate it took around 2 hours with this one. However, it's not something you'll need to mess with much once set so it's far from a deal breaker. Just be prepared to really work to get the bass properly in tune.

In terms of sound, the bass is pretty nice. I have it running into an Ampeg Portaflex-500 & 4x10 and it sounds good. With the active pre-amp on there is a lot of growl, and an almost Warwick like tone. It works well for the kind of heavy music I use the bass for, however, I doubt I would be very impressed if I wanted to play smooth Jazz on it. By contrast, when set to passive mode the bass is tamed a lot, and has a much smoother voice that works fine for mellower styles of music, even if it does lack a little articulation.

A final point to mention is that the weight of the bass is really great. While heavier than my four-strings I've not had any issues using it for long periods. Twice I've taken it to a band practice where I've had it around my neck for just shy of 4 hours without fatigue or discomfort. Pretty impressive given that it is a six-string made on a budget.

In conclusion I would really recommend this bass to anyone looking to try out a six-string for the first time, or perhaps who just fancies something a bit different to mess around with on occasion. If I was going to play six-string more frequently (at present I use it only for a couple of songs in our set-list) I'd probably consider upgrading to something a little bit more fancy, but for what I need now this bass is great and the value for money is utterly astounding.
Helpful · Not helpful · Report review
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
B-Stock from 155 € available
166 €
Incl. VAT; plus 20 € shipping
Free shipping from 298 €
Available immediately
Available immediately

This item is in stock and can be dispatched immediately.

Standard Delivery Times
Share this product
Your Contacts
Phone: +49-9546-9223-20
FAX: +49-9546-9223-24
Offers include 24% Greek VAT and are valid as long as stocks last. Shipping costs to Greece are 20 EUR, free shipping on orders above 298 EUR. Please click here for international Shipping rates. We do not accept liability for typographical errors or inaccurate information of any kind. *RRP = manufacturer's / distributor's recommended retail price in Germany
Yamaha P-125 BK Boss GT-1000 Fender SQ Affinity Strat Pack HSS BSB Reloop RP 4000 MK2 Yamaha PSR-E463 Gator iMac 21" Tote Bag Flyht Pro Rack Drawer 19" 3U 28 cm lock XVive Wireless System U2 Red Aston Microphones SwiftShield Tama DSB62SN Bag Set Rock Darkglass Vintage Ultra v2 LD Systems U518 BPH2
(1)
Recommended
Yamaha P-125 BK

Stage Piano Graded Hammer Standard Keyboard (GHS) with 88 weighted keys, Pure CF Sound Engine, 24 Tones, Max. Polyphony: 192 votes, Dual, split and duo function, Two-track recording (one song), 20 Rhythms (drums + bass), Intelligent Acoustic Control, 21...

to the product
555 €
(1)
Recommended
Boss GT-1000

Multi effect pedal 32-bit AD / DA, 32-bit floating-point processor and 96 kHz sampling rate, New BOSS DSP engine, specially developed for audio applications, AIRD (Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics) brings BOSS's Tube Logic concept to a digital guitar processor,...

to the product
969 €
(2)
Recommended
Fender SQ Affinity Strat Pack HSS BSB

Fender Squier Affinity Strat Pack HSS BSB IL e-guitar set with e-guitar stratocaster, frontman 15G amp, cable, strap and picks; e-guitar, poplar body, maple neck, indian laurel fretboard, 21 medium jumbo frets, nut width 40,9mm (1,61"), scale 648mm (25,5"), pickups...

to the product
275 €
Recommended
Reloop RP 4000 MK2

Quartz-driven DJ turntable with high-torque direct drive Speeds (RPM): 33 1/3 - 45 - 78, Pitch with selectable range of +/- 8% and+/- 16%, Reverse function, Connections: 1 PHONO output (gold plated) and 1 GND ground connection, Incl. platter,...

to the product
295 €
Recommended
Yamaha PSR-E463

Yamaha PSR-E463 Keyboard 61 touch responsive keys, 758 sounds, 235 styles, 48-note polyphony, 1 One Touch Setting, Effects: Reverb, Chorus, Master EQ, Harmony, Arpeggio 150 typs; Duo mode, SMF Formats 0 & 1, Registration Memory, Metronome, Transpose, incl. Yamaha Education...

to the product
318 €
Recommended
Gator iMac 21" Tote Bag

Nylon Bag Fits 21" Apple iMac Water resistant, Good grip and protection with adjustable foam blocks and hard-panel reinforcement in the front flap, Foldable sun and dust protection, Double zipper, Strap and handle cutouts, Reinforced, detachable carrying handles, PVC...

to the product
120 €
Recommended
Flyht Pro Rack Drawer 19" 3U 28 cm lock

Flyht Pro Rack drawer 19" 3U 28 cm with lock. Robust and easy glide lockable metal rack drawer. Colour: black, Dimensons: WxHxD 483 x 134 x 280 mm, weight: 6,3 kg

to the product
45 €
Recommended
XVive Wireless System U2 Red

2.4 GHz Wireless System Set with transmitter and receiver - both with battery and without power supply to operate, Built-in, rechargeable lithium battery, Range without obstacles: up to approx. 30 m, Frequency range 20 - 20,000 Hz, Latency: <6...

to the product
131 €
Recommended
Aston Microphones SwiftShield

Aston Microphones SwiftShield; Universal Mic Mount and Pop-Filter; Mic Mount Features: without Rubber Bands; fits Mics from 30 to 50 mm Diameter; two quick release spring clips; made of Aluminium, grade glass-fill nylon polymer and medical grade latex ("ShockStar" suspension);...

to the product
89 €
Recommended
Tama DSB62SN Bag Set Rock

Tama DSB62SN Drum Bagset, Set containing 22"x18" Bass Drum, 10"x08" + 12"x09" Tom, 14"x14" + 16"x16" Floortom, 14"x6,5" Snaredrum, 600 denier high density water resisters surface, 10mm Padded, Carrying Strap with Shoulder Pad, Finish Blag with white Tama Logo,

to the product
148 €
Recommended
Darkglass Vintage Ultra v2

Darkglass Microtubes B7K v2 Bass Overdrive, effects pedal, all the versatility and sonic possibilities of the first version plus: single user loadable cabinet simulation impulse response, micro-USB B port to connect to PC/Mac, 3.5mm headphone output with cabinet simulation, balanced...

to the product
425 €
Recommended
LD Systems U518 BPH2

Dual UHF wireless system with 2 bodypack transmitters 2 Dynamic headset microphones MH1 in black, Directivity: Cardioid, 19" 1U True diversity receiver, Frequency band: 1785 - 1800 MHz, Audio transmission range: 30 - 16,000 Hz, 96 Channels in 8...

to the product
569 €
Feedback Found an error or want to give us feedback about this page?

We're looking forward to hearing from you and aim to solve any problems as soon as we can.

Please leave a comment. Please enter your e-mail address.