Harley Benton JB-75MN NA Vintage Series

Electric Bass

  • J-Style
  • Body: American ash
  • Bolt-on neck: maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Black fretboard binding
  • Roseacer skunk stripe
  • Black block inlays
  • 20 Frets
  • Nut width: 38 mm
  • Long scale: 864 mm
  • Dual-action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2x Roswell JBA Alnico-5 Vintage JB-style single coils
  • 2 Volume knobs and 1 tone knob
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Classic PB-style machine heads
  • Colour: Natural High-gloss
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  • Slap

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Colour Natural
Soundboard Ash
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 20
Scale Longscale
Pickup System JJ
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Best for price and not only!
KOstRN, 02.02.2020
Sorry for my English. I played at home through a mixer and sound card using VST amp plugins, but I had nothing to compare with, because I'm a guitar player and this is the first bass.
I liked the sound very much, but the full sound was revealed at the rehearsal when playing a good bass amplifier. Compared to the similar Japanese-made jazz bass of 30 years ago, Harley Benton's sound is clearer and more powerful, and the price is 2 times less.
Of the minuses, I can note (although this is nitpicking):
1) Not glued frets (can come out over time) in places a little ringing. Solved by adjusting the string height
or in extreme cases, by adjusting the anchor and grinding. Although overall for this price, the neck is excellent. Frets well trimmed do not scratch the hand.
2) There was a small but noticeable background, because no shielding of the grooves of the potentiometers and pickups. For an hour he himself glued with a self-adhesive foil. Noise has become at acceptable levels for single coils.
3) As everyone has already noticed - the weight of the guitar. However, there is solidity and a real tree)
4) The black inserts of the fret markers are made, it seems to me, of a thin polymer film deposited on the surface of the fingerboard. I hope that it will not peel off over time.
From the pros:
1) Price-performance is amazing
2) You can play right out of the box and not bother with the minuses that I described above. Everything works fine out of the box.
3) As the first bass, and maybe even the only one is a great choice! Cosmetic investments and it will be on par with much more expensive bass in terms of sound and playability.

Special thanks to the Thomann team for the packaging! Upset the strings by removing the tension before sending to the cold part of the Earth and wrapped the strings with special paper with bags of silica gel.
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Good Enough to Gig with Professionally
Delberthot, 17.06.2019
To begin with, I initially bought this as a back up for my Fender Geddy Lee Jazz bass.

My first thoughts were, how can they sell a natural '75 style jazz bass with D'addario strings, Canadian maple neck and, in my case, a two piece maple body with a join so good I thought that it was a 1 piece body for this price?

To put things into perspective, I use a Radial Tonebone for tone shaping and DI which cost twice as much as this bass did.

Out of the box I found that the fit & finish was excellent for a bass at this price point. I have found over the years that the main difference between a low priced bass and a high priced one is the attention to detail in the finishing process. I had a couple of frets that were protruding ever so slightly as can happen with new basses many times the price of this one but less than 5 minutes with a small file and it was sorted. The tuners hold the bass in tune and the bridge is the usual familiar style but with brass saddles which is a nice touch. The body has what I imagine will be a tough poly finish and I can find no flaws in that either.

The neck is very well made with a very smooth satin finish and I actually prefer it to the very thin neck on my Geddy. It's still slim but feels a bit more substantial front to back.

The bass balances well on a strap and is very comfortable to play for long periods (90 minute to 2 hour sets at a time)

I play in a wedding/function band entertaining anywhere from 200 to 2,000 people and made the mistake of using this at a gig shortly after buying it. The mistake being that I enjoyed playing it so much that my Fender Jazz bass is now up for sale and I will be using this bass for all future gigs.

I see ads all the time where people have bought a cheap bass and sell them on due to having upgraded to a more expensive "name brand" bass. Over the past 30 years I have owned and played over 140 basses from one that I got for nothing to some costing over £3,000. This bass is good enough to use professionally and the only change to this bass I have made is that I prefer D'addario EXL165 strings over the EXL170s fitted to this one as I like a heavier A & E string.

I get the impression that this won't be my last Harley Benton branded bass if this one is indicative of the quality.
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not a entry level instrument, this is top quality!
Ybra Lira, 13.12.2018
I have to say that I've been reading and watching reviews about this bass online quite a lot! and there a few things that I never found..

One of them is that it seems that no profesional bass player go and try to buy a bass so cheap as this one!, all that I find is beginners and guitarist who want to have a bass.. and that was my only fear before buying the bass.. because I've been playing bass for more than 10 years but I've been moving around the world and I haven't got that much money to buy expensive gear, so , I have to say that it is way better than I expected!!

I got the oportunity to test it against a
Fender SQ affinity Jazz Bass and
a Sire marcus miller V7

And I must say that the building quality is incredible. it is better than the Squier Affinity and almost as good the Sire. the sound is very very similar between the 3 (the Sire in pasive mode) after this comparison I went to a rehearsal and it stay tune playing for 2 hours.

well.. not all is gold and roses, there are a few things that I have to mention, but for paying 140¤ these are very minor..

the biggest one it is the weight, it is heavier than a Squier but very similar to the Sire. I have a hand luggage Scale and the Harley Benton Jb-75 weight 5.1kgs with the strap . so for some people this might be a problem but it is not to much difference between similar basses. and for the price is very acceptable.

the second things would be, there are a few minor parts that seem very cheap, as the Strap holder, the pick-guard the nut. but you won't be spending much changing these parts.

the last thing is that out of the box it came very dirty, and it needs a few adjustments.

I take it apart, clean it, put it back together and now it's beautiful, adjust the truss rod a lit bit and the saddle and now you can say it worth more than the double!

if you are a gigging musician and don't want to be always worried about transporting your gear in the proper way , or if it get lost in some venue, or get damage. get one of these! it worth it 100%
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Lay down some grooves in style (without busting the bank)
SymboJones, 09.05.2020
So I'd heard almost nothing but good things about the harley benton line of products, played a few guitars and they look, feel and sound brilliant. I wanted to buy a bass so I thought I'd look into this one. It's fantastic. Absolutely stellar, solid construction of the body and neck, didn't need any work, all the electrics are responsive and clean and it's just beautiful to look at. What a fantastic instrument this really is. Why would you ever pay £500+ for an instrument when you can get one that's just as good for close to a fifth of the price? Get tired of the tones from the pickups? Buy a new pair and swap them out. You'll still be saving a lot of money. I don't see how anyone could really rate this as anything less than almost perfect for its price point. Worst case scenario? Take it for a setup at a luthier. Think about it, you're always best taking a brand new instrument for a setup straight out of the box, no matter how much you pay for it. Absolutely wonderful. What an instrument. 10/10. Thomann and HB have got my vote.
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Electric Bass J-Style, Body: American ash, Bolt-on neck: maple, Fretboard: Maple, Black fretboard binding, Roseacer skunk stripe, Black block inlays, 20 Frets, Nut width: 38 mm, Long scale: 864 mm,...

  • Colour: Natural
  • Soundboard: Ash
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Pickup System: JJ
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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Bass Guitar Vintage series, Body: American ash, Neck: Canadian maple with skunk stripe made of roseacer (thermally treated maple wood), Neck profile: C, Block fretboard inlays, 20 Frets, Scale: 864...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Soundboard: Ash
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Pickup System: JJ
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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Electric Bass Body: American ash, Neck: Canadian maple, Neck attachment: Bolt-on, Fretboard: Pau Ferro, Fretboard inlays: Block, Neck profile: C, 20 Frets, Scale: 864 mm, Nut width: 38 mm, Double...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Soundboard: Ash
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Pickup System: JJ
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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