Harley Benton Beatbass FL VS Vintage Series

Fretless Electric Bass

  • Fretless model
  • Hollow body design
  • Arched basswood body
  • Flamed maple top
  • Maple neck
  • Set-in neck attachment
  • Amaranth fretboard
  • Cream-coloured binding on the body
  • Neck profile: C
  • Side dot fretboard inlays
  • Scale: 775 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • 2 Humbucker pickups
  • Electronics: 2 Volume controls and 3 tone controls
  • Chrome hardware
  • Viola bridge
  • Diecast machine heads
  • Strings: HB flatwound, .040 - .095
  • Colour: Vintage Sunburst (high-gloss)
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Audio Examples

  • Rock
  • Soundcheck
  • Fingered-Funk
  • Spice-Rock
  • Swing

Further Information

Lefthand Model No
Colour Sunburst
Number of strings 4
Body Basswood
Neck Maple
Fretboard Roseacer
Scale Shortscale
Pickup System HH
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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A Rarity... A Short-scale Lightweight, FRETLESS bass
Raymond588, 26.07.2018
A Rarity... A Short-scale Lightweight, FRETLESS bass

I have been playing bass guitar in a band for over 20 years and have now retired from the music scene, mainly due to arthritis in the back and wrists. I missed playing very much after selling off all my working Fender P bass collection ,so I decided to try a light, short scale bass just for amusement, which I found so much easier for my condition, once I got used to playing the shorter scale

I spent ages looking through the internet for a Fretless Short Scale bass only to find this beauty in my favourite music store, Thomann.

The Harley Benton Beat-bass Fretless bass played wonderfully, straight out of the box, even with it?s own factory fitted Flat wound strings on. It was so smooth and the intonation was perfect. Talk about weight. Light as a feather. It does give a little ?Head Dive? with a slippery strap, but if you get yourself a leather, headstock acoustic strap connector and fit the strap from the top of the neck and to the usual button on the bottom. Perfection and Comfort.

This is the perfect fretless bass for the beginner or experienced bassist wanting to learn the art of fretless playing at a ridiculously low price. I would recommend buying the Thomann Beat Bass Gig bag, product number 188608, a well under £20, made for the Beat bass fretless and standard violin bass, as you won?t find one any where else to fit as well as this one. The bonus is that the bag also fits a Squire Bronco Bass which is another short scale in my new collection, so that is one bag for two basses.

This is such a great buy for guitar players wanting to give a bass a try, as it is such a bargain.

One little tip. I tried to fit a set of D'addario flatwound strings but found that the ball ends on these were a lot bigger that the H.B. strings already fitted. After an email to Thomann, Thet set back instructions and a photo of how to loosen the tailpiece to get the correct distance to fit the D'addarios or any other strings with a bigger ball end. Great service

Just buy one. You've nothing to lose at that price
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Stunningly good!
Have played bass for approaching 50 years and always tried to buy the best I could afford. But this time I decided to buy something cheap!

I expected to receive quite a shoddy instrument. But not a bit of it. It has a lovely and flawless finish. All the electrics work and there are no crackles, buzzing and the like. There are no rough bits, sharp edges, nothing missing, nothing not working. It even comes with an Allen key for the truss rod and a short guitar lead which would be fine for practicing.

To be honest it was a delight to receive and it's a delight to play. The action was nice and low straight from the box and it was pretty well in tune. I've not adjusted anything to make it play better. Apart from a tune up and a bit of time to let the instrument settle then re-tune, it could easily have been straight from the box and on stage with it. I love the sound, too: nice mwah and nice thump from the E string.

Delivery from Thomann was excellent. I ordered it Friday pm and the postman was at my door, 12pm the following Monday.

Quite simply, there aren't any negative points. My missus has asked me to help her learn bass so I might even buy another one!

One thing I should have done was buy a gig bag to go with it as this will be one of my front line basses: yes, it's that good!
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More than worth it.
Eatin'Cakes, 28.01.2021
If you've ever wanted a fretless violin bass for a good price then I don't see how you could find better. It's exactly what you think it is, and it delivers that classic sound in spades. The only real negative is the neck dive is pretty bad but some lighter tuners will fix that easily. It's light, it plays well and right out of the box it was ready to go. Very satisfied with this instrument.
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Amazing value as ever
tmac, 06.10.2020
Great bit of gear - exactly what you would want, especially for the price.

Very light, easy to set up, very playable. Well constructed and finished. And, of course, it sounds great, nailing the thumping vintage tone. Although it's by nature not the versatile of basses, there are plenty of variations between the two blendable pickups. Couldn't be happier.

(One note: rather than replicating the traditional but rather opaque switching scheme, this opts for simple on-off per pickup, albeit with labels switched. Solo switch is the same, though.)
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