Harley Benton B-550 QTB Progressive Series

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5-String Electric Bass

  • Body: Alder
  • Bolt-on neck from Canadian maple
  • Neck profile: Modern D
  • Fretboard: Black Walnut
  • Tai-Chi inlays
  • 24 Frets
  • Scale: 864 mm (Long scale)
  • Nut width: 45 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2x Humbuckers
  • 1x Balance-, 1x bass-, 1x treble- and 1x volume control
  • Black hardware
  • Diecast machine heads
  • String gauge: 045-130
  • Colour: Quilted Transparent Black
  • Finish: High-gloss
available since December 2013
Item number 317317
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Black
Soundboard Alder
Neck Maple
Fretboard Black Walnut
Frets 24
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System HH
Elektronic Aktive, Passive
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Seriously; how do they manage to do it?
Dr Bassman 15.12.2019
Okay, at the time of writing, I've had my 4-string B-450 QTB for over a month and it continues to astound me. It's big sister, the 5-string B-550 QTB has also been here for a few weeks too. It's my first 5-string bass and I'm already smitten. So much so, that the two basses are used alternately, at least as much as it is reasonable to do so.

Of course, in comparison, they constitute two very different instruments. You might not think that the addition of a bottom B string and a narrower pitch between the strings would make so much difference to your bass playing, but it sure does; or, at least it does for me. To an extent, the basses choose their own songs. They also make your hands do things that are almost unexpected; spooky even!; although, that matters not, as the sound that comes out of these two machines is quite frankly amazing; and that just using their passive electronics, fed through a flat EQ and output at a reasonable volume. Their playability is also excellent. In fact, .you get so much for your Euro, or whatever currency you use, that it's really difficult to criticise these machines. They are quite literally stunning. So, I guess that's why there is a black Harley Benton fretless sitting beside me as I write. It's too early to tell its story yet, but I'm pretty sure it will be impressive. Now, which one of you three beauties will I use today? Decisions, decisions. God bless Harley Benton!
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Fantastic instrument for this price
SteinarS 12.02.2021
Haven't played/owned a bass for at least 30 yrs, and wanted something cheap to practice on. This was far more than I expected.. Build quality is great, fretworks is far better than much more expensive competitors.
Stays in tune even after a day of hard practice.
Pikcup's are super , and active/passive switch is a very nice feature.
Only "Negative" is the use of batteries if I don't remember to pull out the battery after playing.
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Excellent entry level Bass
DrLo 02.03.2022
Surprised in the sound of this 'entry level' B-550 QTB bass, tuned up quickly after unboxing and what a sweet sound.

I like the push/pull knob for active/passive operation and the access for the battery is a simple entry with straightforward insert with a visual to show correct orientation to insert of the 9-volt. Battery can be changed in under 5-seconds, unlike other active basses which require a screwdriver. It's a small detail but I'm impressed by the thoughtfulness of it having dealt with several dead batteries with screw in compartment.

And the weight WOW, extremely light , excellent for a 3 hour small gig.

Also Thomann shipped quickly, and double boxed the bass so thankfully no defects on arrival.
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Shocked
Anonymous 13.02.2022
Ok so I thought that a bass this affordable couldn't be well made. Boy was I wrong. This bass is a work horse. It sounds great and looks great too. I own both a sting ray and a spector but for some reason I keep picking this up and playing. The only gripe I have and just to let you know that I'm not the only complaint is that the fret ends were a bit sharp but I grabbed a metal file and fixed it. I would say that this bass has shocked both me and other musicians for both price and quality. I would buy a second one and tell my fellow musicians to pick one up if they needed a bass.
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