Harley Benton Enhanced MP-5MN Natural

5-String Electric Bass

  • Design: PB-style
  • Ergonomically shaped body
  • Body: Swamp ash
  • Matching headstock
  • 6-Bolt neck: Canadian Hard Rock maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard inlays: Black blocks
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Frets: 22 Medium stainless steel
  • Nut: Black TUSQ XL
  • Scale: 864 mm (34.02")
  • Nut width: 46 mm (1.81")
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm (13.77")
  • Pickups: Roswell MA5-B Ferrite humbucker (bridge) & Roswell PMA5-N Ferrite single coil (middle)
  • Roswell GMA2 active/passive 2-band EQ
  • Volume control with push/pull function
  • Controls: Balance, Treble, Bass
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply black B/W/B
  • Bridge: WSC SK5
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Machine heads: WSC JB45
  • String gauges: .045 - .130
  • Colour: Natural matte
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Colour Natural
Body Ash
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 22
Scale Longscale
Pickup System PH
Elektronic Active, Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Excellent bass but mine had a critical QC flaw
nabilhuakbar, 20.05.2020
All of these things considered, I think I just got a lemon and I still recommend this bass.

Fit and finish are excellent. I really love the satin-finished wood grain body. The neck is very nice, with stainless steel frets, and like everything HB it came set up almost perfectly out of the box. The neck pickup is really thick and meaty, and the bridge pickup has that awesome throaty MM sound. There is also quite a bit of deep, rich bass when you roll on the knob. You can get an amazing mix of tones out of this guitar in both active and passive modes and it sounds and looks like something that should cost you at least $1000. Output on this guitar is HOT, and it will play louder than a lot of other basses you might own.

For me, at least, this guitar was hindered by one very glaring issue -- I'm not sure if the preamp was damaged in transit, or maybe there were some wiring issues, but for whatever reason any time I rolled on any treble at all, it also produced a very loud, squealy buzzing noise that essentially made the guitar unplayable. The noise more or less disappeared when I switched it over into passive mode. I'm working with Thomann to resolve the issue right now, but this QC defect has stopped this guitar being something I can make a lot of use out of.

You might be rolling the dice a bit on this one, I don't know. However, it is a VERY nice bass and one that I'd say is worth the purchase.
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Holy Smokes!
KnobbyKnobKnob, 19.04.2019
I have 3 Harley Benton bass guitars, and this one is the 4th one of the family, and I have to say, I'm truly impressed. Even a store clerk was impressed by it.
I love the pick up blend control, the clear distinction between the P PU and H PU. Truss rod and bridge adjustment is very easy as well, although I didn't have much adjustment to make straight out of the box.
I am not a fan of the active sound on this bass. It doesn't sound natural, and it feels like it is forcing something out that doesn't really belong to the bass. No worries, the passive mode sounds spectacular enough.
The specs say that the neck is "C," but to me, it feels more like "D" than "C." No complaints here, just pointing something out. The sound of this bass is very warm and punchy.
The control knobs seem to be backward, except for the pick up balance, which leaves me slightly puzzled...

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Cons:
Backward control knobs (except for the PU balance)
PU Balance knob is angled, not straight on
Active mode sounds unnatural.
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Geiler Rockbass zum Toppreis!
t+bass, 02.01.2019
Vorteile:
+ Holz mit schöner Maserung, sehr gut verarbeitet
+ die verbaute Hardware und Mechaniken sind top
+ angenehm dünne Lackierung
+ breiter Hals aber noch gut bespielbar
+ Aktive Elektronik
+ Sound
+ B-Saite liefert ausreichend Druck

Nachteile:
- Gewicht - habe den Bass nicht gewogen, aber dürfte Richtung 4,5 kg gehen und ist gefühlt sackschwer
- Kopflastigkeit
- Bünde / Saitenlage - sehr niedrige Saitenlage geht nicht, da wird das Schnarren zu stark
- großer Lautstärkeunterschied Passiv/Aktiv
- Potiknöpfe sitzen nicht mittig auf den Potis

Zum Sound:
Beide PUs zusammen liefern passiv einen angenehm offenen, mittenbetonten Allroundsound mit straffen Bässen und angenehmen Höhen.
Richtig neutral oder "edelbassig" kann der Bass eher nicht, der Ton bleibt immer rockig.
Preci PU: reicht an das Original ran, liefert aber mehr Bässe und bleibt dabei trotzdem straffer und definierter
MM PU: "knödeliger" Sound mit ordentlich Mitten und Höhen. Kann knurrig, wenn man den Preci PU dazumischt. Leider ist er etwas nah am Steg montiert, was den Sound allein etwas dünn macht.
Mein liebster Sound:
1) Passiv - Balance 2/3 Richtung Hals PU, Höhen etwas zurück - Ausgewogener Mittenbetonter Rocksound mit Schub in den Bässen aber definiert
2) Aktiv - Balance 2/3 Richtung Steg, Bässe und Höhen ca. 50% angehoben - mitten-knurrender MM Sterling

Gekauft.
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Doublebassman52, 22.05.2019
Possiedo gia altri 4 bassi harley benton, e tre chitarre, quindi sono gia a conoscenza della qualita di questi strumenti.Quando oggi l'ho provato non ho potuto che convalidare la mia opinione, preferendolo a bassi che ho di prezzo 4 volte superiore.Tra l'altro, quando avevo ricevuto il basso stile precision mod. vintage, che mi aveva stupito per il suono, nella recensione avevo consigliato a Thomann di costruire un basso stile precision con humbuker al ponte e color legno o sunburst, il che e' avvenuto con la produzione di questo basso che ho comprato sicuro di trovare quel che cercavo, e cosi e' stato. Possiedo molti bassi anche di marche piu blasonate che comunque mi soddisfano, ma oggi questo basso e' diventato il prediletto nell'harem dei miei 5 corde.Ho trovato in questo strumento il suono che ho sempre cercato. Molto soddisfatto
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