Harley Benton JB-40FL SB

Fretless Bass

  • Body is made from American ash
  • Bolt-on neck made from Canadian maple with Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood) skunk strip
  • Blackwood fretboard (Pinus radiata)
  • 20 Fret lines
  • 2 mm Side marks
  • Nut width: 38 mm
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell JBA Alnio-5JB style single coils
  • 2x Volume & 1x tone control
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Classic butterfly machine heads
  • Strings: D'Addario .045 - .104
  • Colour: 3-tone sunburst

Further information

Colour Sunburst
Number of strings 4
Body Ash
Neck Maple
Fretboard Blackwood
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System JJ
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Excellent - highly recommended.

Pyewacket, 05.06.2017
I was convinced to buy this bass after watching EytschPi 42's review on YouTube - which I strongly suggest you seek out if you are considering one of these. It arrived the third day after ordering, well packaged and in good condition. After tuning I found the intonation and set up to be spot on straight out of the box - if adjustments had been needed the tools required are included, along with a lead - a nice touch. The neck is superb - slim and with a beautiful satin finish. The maple is subtly flamed as well - I suppose I got lucky there! The nut is well cut, the tuners work well and are stable and the bridge is thicker plate than on my Mexican Fender. The body looks to me to be one piece - either that or it has veneers front and back. I've literally looked with a magnifying glass and can see no hint of a join. The finish, again, is flawless, the burst nicely applied and then buffed to a mirror finish. I have seen poorer on much more costly instruments. The pick-ups - branded 'Roswell - ' seem fine, with a good output.It is as loud as my other basses. The tone control doesn't do a great deal other than at its extremes, but the tones it has are very useable. Rolled off and with the front pick up on it can get a passable upright bass sound, but full on and with just the bridge pick up on it absolutely sings! Just the right amount of 'mwahh', plenty of sustain and very responsive to how hard you pluck and whereabouts you pluck. If I had seen this in a shop and tried it I would have expected to see it priced nearer £500. And I would probably have bought it! It really is that good. Maybe I just got lucky, but looking at other reviews I don't get that impression. I have no hesitation whatsoever in wholeheartedly recommending you buy one of these. It doesn't look out of its league sharing a stand with a Ric and a Fender, and at these astonishingly low prices I think I shall be buying more Harley Benton kit.

Buy one... you know you want to!

Thanks Thomann, and well done.
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After using it for almost 3 years I love it!

Gasmer23, 25.01.2018
I purchased this bass almost three years ago so am basing my review on having used this bass for some time. In these years it has been used regularly for rehearsals, live and studio work, excelling in both! I cannot recommend this bass enough!

Regularly at rehearsal spaces/studios or at gigs people would ask me who built my bass and expected based on the look and sound that it would be a bass costing over £1000 pounds! You can imagine their reaction when hearing how much it actually costs!

I always take two basses into the studio or for gigs and most times it is this bass and my Fender jazz bass. The build quality, tone and playability is on a par with the Fender and have found myself on many occasions picking this bass over the Fender!

Since buying this bass the only part of the specification I can see that has changed is they no longer come with Wilkinson pickups but it sounds like the new pickups are just as high quality.
Yes this bass is not perfect, but neither is my Fender! For me this bass is a no brainier for anyone wanting a good quality fretless jazz bass without busting the bank! I highly recommend trying one!
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