Harley Benton BZ-5000 NT

5-String Electric Bass

  • Deluxe Series
  • Body: Ash/nato/ash
  • Top and back: Sycamore
  • Neck-through 5-piece maple/nato neck
  • Fretboard: Ebonol
  • 24 Frets
  • 16.5 mm String spacing
  • Scale: 864 mm (Long scale)
  • Nut width: 45 mm
  • Graphite nut
  • Pickups: G&B Humbucker
  • With active 3-band EQ, 18 V
  • Control: Volume, balance, bass, mids and treble
  • Black DLX hardware
  • Bridge bushings
  • DLX Diecast machine heads
  • Strings: D'Addario 45 - 65 - 80 - 100 -130
  • Finish: Natural High-gloss
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Colour Natural
Soundboard Ash, Nato
Neck Maple, Nato
Fretboard Ebonol
Frets 24
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System HH
Elektronic Aktive, Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Compares very well to more expensive basses

Jools4001, 20.03.2016
My main bass is a fabulous, hand made 'boutique' bass from a very well respected UK luthier. If you were to order one today it would cost you around £3500.

I ordered the Harley Benton as a budget level back up bass simply because it looked good, had similar neck through construction to my main bass and I reckoned that as long as it was reasonably playable I could upgrade the pickups and electronics to bring it closer to the levels that I have become used to.

I don't have to bother, this bass is very, very impressive right out of the box.

Obviously, the woods chosen to make this bass are not quite up to the AAAAA grade of my main player, but they are very acceptable and the bass is very nicely made. There are just a couple of tiny spots of dust in the lacquer and one place where the glue line between the laminates has had about 1mm of filler applied. The phenolic fingerboard has a small patch that looks a bit more shiny than the rest, but my fingers will soon change that as I play it.

The neck is a good profile, not too thin nor too chunky. It had too much bow in the neck when it arrived and needed 3/4 of a turn on the trussrod to get the right relief. The bridge saddles were too high for my taste and the nut slots are still a bit high and will need filing to get them to an optimum level, but then any new bass needs a set up. The fretwork is nicely done, all the frets are smooth and level with no buzzes or choking anywhere, the fourth fret has a very slightly catchy edge on the treble side but nothing major.

The bridge is fine and the tuners are smooth.

Once set up, this bass plays very nicely. The sound is helped by the fresh D'addario strings it comes with but it has a good range of tones. In passive mode it sounds nice, a little like a Fender Jazz and the pickup blend control works very nicely giving a good range of tone with some nice subtle tone changes between the two extremes. In active mode it adds more depth or top end sparkle as required and the electronics seem hum and hiss free. Of course if you boost the treble right up the tone gets brittle, but again that applies to nearly all active basses. The mid control is a little disappointing since it doesn't have a huge effect but all the centre frequencies of the electronics seem well chosen and all the tones you can coax out of the bass (apart from the real extremes) are very useable.

I haven't gigged this bass yet, nor even rehearsed with it, so it still needs more real world testing, but first impressions are very favourable. I have to keep reminding myself that this bass cost less than one tenth of my main bass. It's tempting to say this is a great bass "for the price", I would just say no, never mind the price, this bass compares very very well with much more expensive instruments.
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A solid insturment

Daniel B. 502, 15.11.2017
I bought this bass as part of my ever expanding home studio and equipment. I needed something to teach myself bass and play on records where It wasn't feasible to get someone in or a friend not available. I'm definitely no bass expert but bassists that have picked it up on a session at mine have been thoroughly impressed with this product and even more envious with the price I payed for it. one even saying that it was on par with other more expensive basses he owned.
One of the points that sold me on this bass was the build and ascetics. the body and finish is beautiful and a work of art. I really love the wood pressed together and looks soooo much better in the flesh then just in the pictures provided. You wont be sorry if you purchase this bass!!
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