Harley Benton DB02-BK Electric Double Bass

Electric Double Bass

  • Body made of Paulownia
  • Fingerboard made of birch (Betula albosinensis)
  • Maple neck
  • Body support
  • Traditional headstock with spiral
  • Scale: 105 cm
  • Height-adjustable bridge
  • Tone knob
  • Volume knob
  • Headphone connector
  • Active pickup system with 9 V battery power
  • Colour: Black
  • Gigbag and carbon bow included

Further Information

Size 3/4
Fretboard Birch (Betula Albosinensis)
Electronics Active
adjustable bridge Yes
Incl. Bag Yes
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bow Yes
Incl. stand No
Incl. Peg Yes

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Very nice starter EDB for the money
Pete Urinsky, 07.10.2020
The bass is nice and well made in general. It certainly is very easy to transport, which is a huge plus (especially compared to an acoustic double bass). The sound is nice and full, although don't expect it to sound like a double bass, especially in the higher registers/thumb position, where it sounds somewhat like a fretless electric.

I bought it to see if I could even make it on the double bass and it certainly did its job: I bought an acoustic DB shortly after. I still use this one for crowded jam sessions, rehearsals or late-night practice: I prefer the acoustic but this is so much more convenient and for the price sounds well enough. And the possibility of connecting your headphones straight to the bass is simply great. Also, the gig bag and bow are a nice touch (although the bow broke after a month).

A few things to keep in mind, though:
* it's much closer to your body and much more vertical than a double bass, so getting a good left-hand technique is tricky and playing arco (especially german bow) is quite a challenge.
* moreover, it's very light: when you press down on the strings (instead of squeezing the neck), the endpin can pop off the ground, causing an embarrassing slide of the whole bass (been there).
* there are dots on the side of the neck, which is incredibly helpful at first but can give you a bad habit of looking at your left hand
* in general, the bass feels quite wobbly and light, you can lift it off the ground by shifting up the neck.

When I'm practicing with this one I'm putting the endpin in the corner between the wall and the floor -- sounds stupid but prevents the bass from sliding and lets me use my left hand correctly ;)

But for this kind of money, I doubt you'll get anything better. The NS design basses are... weird. The Yamahas are closer to an acoustic DB but in a whole different price range.
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Excellent product!
Mr. Walker, 04.12.2020
I am very pleased of this DB02 double bass. Complete with bow and rosin you get a lot of value and can begin playing immediately. To my surprise the bass was already prepared, strings attached. G and D were crossed in the box, I had to slightly rewind strings.

Playing position is good using the support, and the bass is high enough for me (181 cm).

The finish is smooth and colour perfect! Even the scroll is very nice.
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Idéale pour débuter, bon rapport qualité/prix.
Big GF, 29.04.2020
Bassiste semi-pro, je désirais mettre un pied dans le monde de la contrebasse. Ayant entendu beaucoup de bien sur la marque Harley Benton concernant le rapport qualité/prix de ses instruments, je me suis lancé avec la DB02.

Au niveau esthétique, elle est très belle. Son côté rétro lui apporte un charme fou. Quelques petites finitions à revoir, mais c'est vraiment du détail et ça n'affecte en rien la beauté de l'instrument.

Niveau caractéristiques et son, on dispose de deux potards (volume de sortie et sub-basse, pour ajouter des basses très graves et simuler une contrebasse classique je suppose), d'un compartiment à pile 9V (instrument actif donc) ainsi que d'une sortie jack pour l'ampli et deux sorties mini-jack (sortie casque et entrée mp3). La contrebasse résonne, et le micro doit être interne. J'ai du faire quelques légères modifs : graisser les pas de vis de la barre de soutien abdominale, et surtout mettre une mousse ou un chiffon microfibre à la base du chevalet pour étouffer la partie des cordes qui ne devrait pas sonner (mais qui sonne à cause des vibrations). Ces modifs faites, un petit coup d'EQ avec une pédale d'effet et le son est top !
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Erstaunlich, was man da für das Geld bekommt
J.J. Komiago, 11.05.2019
Ich habe nach einem Ersatz Upright gesucht, damit ich nicht jedes Mal umpacken, aufbauen muss etc. im Studio. Angekommen ist ein sehr gut verarbeitetes Instrument, bei dem man sogar mit den Werkssaiten einen brauchbaren gezupften Sound hinbekommen konnte. Das mit dem Streichen ist erst mit vernünftigen Saiten eine Bemerkung wert, also zog ich die Helicor Hybrid auf und begann mit dem Streichen.

Mit dem eingebauten Pickup ist der Sound sehr angenehm, man muss im Gegensatz zu einem Steinberger nicht umschalten zwischen pizzicato und arco. Allerdings ist die D-Saite gestrichen etwas leiser als der Rest, und das ärgert mich etwas. Aber für einen Ersatz-Upright ist das auf jeden Fall hinnehmbar.

Von meiner Seite eine klare Empfehlung, sowohl für Anfänger am Kontrabass und Umsteiger vom E-Bass, als auch für fortgeschrittene Kontrabassisten als günstiges Arbeitsgerät. Ich werde ihn sowohl live als auch im Studio mit ruhigem Gewissen einsetzen.
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