Harley Benton PB-20 SBK Standard Series

Electric Bass

  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Double-Action truss rod
  • Pickup: 1 PB style split coil
  • 1 Volume control and 1 tone control
  • Classic PB-Style machine heads
  • Black hardware
  • Ex-factory stringing: .045" - .105"
  • Colour: Black, matte

Further Information

Colour Black
Soundboard Basswood
Neck Maple
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 20
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System P
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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An amazing instrument
K. Zeidler, 26.11.2019
HB PB-20 SBK: 88 EUR, shipping to France included...?

Quality:

I'm no stranger to the handy-work that's sometimes required to render new acquisitions playable, and honestly, I expected to spend some time with this baby...

Initial inspection after unpacking the instrument left me quite surprised though.

Neck relief: perfect.
Action: a little high for my taste, but already quite good.
Fret finish: not super-shiny & polished, but nothing wrong with it; smooth all the way through. No sharp edges along the neck. All good.
Fret board: some minor traces of white (dusty) residue, but easily removed with a brush/cloth.
The paint-job is a really nice - the satin finish looks killer, and I could not spot any imperfections.
The neck-joint is flawless - no gaps, rock-solid.

Closer inspection of the fretwork didn't reveal any issues. All well leveled.

After a little TLC & Wax for the fret board, I lowered the action to suit my preferences. No buzzing, no problem-spots/frets. Very comfortable now.

The hardware is OK. The tuners are a bit tough-going compared to more expensive parts, but a little grease here & there...problem solved.

A glance under the pick guard reveals some left-over saw-dust, but otherwise, things are in order.

Playability / Sound:

Played dry, it's present, good attack & bite. The vibration propagates nicely throughout body & neck, the sustain is good. No obvious dead spots.

The instrument is very light and quite well balanced, although - being very picky - a wee bit heavy on the head. Nothing serious though, and a good strap easily takes care of that.

Amplified, the sound is remarkably good. The pickup is not of the fattest order, but delivers good output & the dry characteristics of the instrument shine through quite well.
The tone control is efficient, and cuts the high frequencies without affecting the upper mid range bite; the sound remains present at all settings.

I replaced the stock-pickup with a spare EMG split-coil & pots I had in a drawer, and now this budget-beauty really sings! ;-)

Now let me repeat this: 88 EUR, shipping to France included!

I play Bass for more than 30 years, and spent considerable amounts for the majority of my instruments.
While I love them all dearly, and appreciiate each and every one of them for their qualities, I cannot help but be utterly gob-smacked by the value-for-money delivered in this case.

I owned instruments costing 10 times this price that were plagued by inexcusable quality control & manufacturing issues...or simply lousy design. It's amazing to see, that such a small price can get you an instrument, that is absolutely perfect for beginners, and - given the quality - well beyond that.

Highly recommended.
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Decent bass for the buck
BelowAverageBassist, 16.04.2021
I've been playing for a while but wanted a P bass to mess around with. I've seen alot of unboxing/review videos of this bass and figured i'd give it a shot for the price. I also started back in the day with another house brand P bass so wanted to see what Harley Benton offered.

The Good :
- Quality : Came ready to use, not adjutsments required just some tuning. It feels like a slightly more expensive guitar then it really is.
- Finish : Matt black finish is really nice, looks great and feels good.
- Sound : Considering the price i was expecting a little grotty tone, but it's pretty decent. Gives that punchy P bass sound with no problem.

The nit nicking (not cons just meh)
- Neck Width : For a 4 string the neck width (E-G) is wider then your average 4 string, it's closer to a 5 string. It's not unmanageable but suprising as it doesn't seem to add anything.

Overall for £85 you can't go wrong, its a good bass and if you don't mind not having a famous brand it'll probably last you a while.
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Great precision
RogerStarz, 26.04.2021
I have few HB guitars and basses and also played on few others, they are unbeatable for the price! This precision has stylish look, I wanted the matte finish but beware - fingers stick to it even more than on glossy finish! use some special wax or polish to keep it looking good. The tuners are great, bass stays in tune even after longer playing, I guess it came with HB strings and the sound was not overwhelming but it was fine. The pickup sounds great, although I bout seymour duncan SPB-1 with the bass and already replaced it, the one the bass is equipped with is great too, you got the p-bass feeling when plugged in an amp instantly. I strongly recommend these affordable HB instruments to everyone!
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What can you expect for a 100€
Warfield, 12.04.2021
First of all, this guitar with its matte black finish looks great ... and i bought this as a project
Called the jim wortel bass

(So yes, that means lower action, fretjob, black on black faceplate (3ply black white black) and emg pickups)

But untill that all is done ... you have to ask yourself, what can you expect from a 100 euro bass ...

It plays a little less, mine had fretbuzz and terrible strings, but after a replacement, and tune up, it will look a lot better ... i bought active emg pickups, do not make that mistake, unless you are a woodworker and you can really make s cavity for battery placement, otherwise you need to fix battery underneath the pickguard, and eacht time you need to replace the battery its a hell of a job

So, yes i will finish the upgrade, but i bought a better bass and sell this one

Just some food for thought
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