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.
Very very pleased - a far better bass than the price tag suggests
I was very impressed with this Harley Benton fretless bass. It looks, feels and sounds like a bass that is £250-£350 and I would thoroughly recommend it. The neck is absolutely perfect regardless of price. The body was a well matched 3 piece with lovely grain and a flawless finish. The weight is great for me as it is very well balanced and heavier than my Ibanez which neck dives all the time. The pickups look a bit cheap due to the shiny plastic finish, but are Wilkinsons and sound fine. They are low output but have a detailed, clear sound without noise. The tuners are fine and the bass not only arrived in tune straight from a 3 day delivery, but holds its tune very well day to day. The tone and pickup volume pots look a bit cheap and are a bit on/off rather than allowing detailed sound adjustment, but for 3 distinctive tones, it is fine. The strings are D'Addario roundwounds and haven't caused any significant wear to the rosewood fretboard despite a weeks worth of playing for about 2 hours per day. The price was exactly what Thomann's quoted with the addition of a £3.75 transaction fee applied by my bank, and there were no customs fees. Overall I am utterly pleased with this fretless bass and have no hesitation in recommending it to you. I have Gibson, Fender and Gretsch professional end guitars in my collection and have no embarrassment putting this Harley Benton on display next to them - it looks a really lovely bass.
Fretless Bass Body made from American ash, Bolt-on neck made of Canadian maple with Roseacer skunk stripe, Blackwood fretboard, 20 Fret lines, 2 mm Side marks, Nut width: 38 mm, Scale: 864 mm,...
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