I bought this bass to track metal demos at home. I'm a guitar player and i wasn't going to spend a fortune on a bass. i was going for a 400e Jackson but after watching EytsPI42 channel on you tube i understood that Harley Benton was on seduction mode trying to get away from their earlier stuff and offer quality instrument for tight budgets. I would have never bought a Harley Benton otherwise, i mean come on just the name screams POS to me (why not brand it as Thomann i do not get...). It looks great and i mean ( i actually like the sunburst better than my Gibson Les Paul Classic...i know...), the fret job is really good on mine , no rough edges, the neck is very smooth, it was set up just right from the get go, tuning pegs are really good and hold tuning perfectly...it is NOT a cheap POS. Everything seems 2 or 3 notch above what you paid...impressive!
Now for the sound: It my first bass so i'm no expert but it does the job just fine. the EQ is very effective. Again NOT a POS. There's probably better out there but i would'nt notice, especially in a mix...and for the money couldn't hope for better!
Now for the bad part: Pick selector seems a bit flimsy, the neck pick up had a very noticeable drop in volume. i opened the back and the wired seemed on the cheap side. sldering could be way better. some sort of bad contact/soldering touching each other on the selector caused the neck pickup issue, it works but i got to tweak it a bit so i can trust it fully.
Also there was a black spot near the jack input...not a problem at all for me but still gotta mention it.
Final verdict: My guess is Thomann/Harley Benton are rebranding themselves and in order to do that , they decided to offer these instruments probably at cost or near cost. So don't let the name, it's biggest drawback, stop you cause it's a bargain!
I bought this bass a few days ago after having a 3 year break from bands and music. This was merely an interesting choice since it came out as a MM copy. It does not disappoint although it is not a perfect representation of a bass guitar.
Features - Do not get me wrong, this is heavy machinery, the all maple build is indeed something one might want to pick up. The neck of the bass is very thick and you really feel like you are in control of it, very much like the real Music Man product.
With the maple fretboard to accompany it it is not only a wonderful piece, but it produces a powerful sound. Even if you get to play it without an amp is makes enough noise for practice.
Build Quality - Not the best, but definitely sturdy. The nut is a bit troublesome, it looks like it's not properly fit at 90 degrees, but then again even the strings don't perfectly align with the pole pieces of the pick-ups. I do not think this is a deal breaker since it does not really make any difference in tone, so far at least, I had no problem with it. You might want to adjust this if you want low action with no fret buzz and it is doable, lovely instrument. The electronics look good, very tidy inside of it, the knobs work perfectly, though you might want to screw them in a little bit more. The tuning machines work perfectly and seem really sturdy. The bridge.. fully adjustable, not my favourite type of bridge and I'm thinking to make a little investment and get a different type of bridge. Also consider getting a new nut if you don't find yours good and want to get a really good action set-up. But let me tell you, the strings fit perfectly within it. Its not ultra polished like a more expensive bass, but the essence is there, and the important bits are well put together. The 19th fret on the G and A string wasn't perfectly slotted but nothing that can't be fixed at home, Consider a fret polisher as well? I think this goes for every instrument.
SOUND - Oh my, where do I even start, the tone of this.. It is a pure monster. I wanted to record a little bit but the Active EQ is so strong I had to turn the knobs to the lowest position and only give it some volume. It bites and growls like nothing I ever had, Not BTBs not the Yamaha RBX775. I think this is really close to what a Music Man is really intended to be.
For 150 pounds this is a great investment, if you are a beginner or a professional player you could use it in any imaginable way. Lately Harley has produced some great instruments, so don't be afraid to get one! This thing was perfectly playable out of the box, you just need to tune it and you're set. But as a more experienced player I really had to spend time wit it and adjust it to my preferences.
Harley Benton MM-85A 3-Tone Sunburst Wilkinson, deluxe series electric bass, bolt-on construction, basswood body w/flame maple top, Canadian maple d-shape neck, maple fingerboard, 350mm radius,...
Soundboard: Basswood, Maple Top
Scale: Long Scale
Pickup System: HH
Incl. Case: No
Incl. Gigbag: No
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