Harley Benton BJ-65Pro 6 String Banjo


6-String Banjo

  • Bluegrass Series
  • Solid maple body
  • Nato neck
  • Blackwood fretboard (Pinus radiata)
  • Mother of pearl "Spades" - fretboard inlays
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale length: 665 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Headstock inlay
  • Remo head
  • Chrome Tone Bracket with 24 tension lugs
  • Deluxe machine heads
  • Graphite nut
  • Bridge: Maple / blackwood
  • Colour: Dark Cherry Sunburst
  • Matching replacement head: Article Nr: 156789 (not included)
available since December 2014
Item number 345289
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Number Of Strings 6
Body Maple
Neck Nato
Frets 22
incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Pickup No
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Anthony3472 22.06.2015
I bought this Banjo as I wanted to experiment with Banjo sounds with the group I play with but actually can't play a 4 or 5 string. If you are considering trying this yourself, just go for it, you won't regret it!
The 6 string Banjo has been a revelation to me as I can get great Banjo sounds without the learning curve of learning new scales and chords etc. I'm finding that playing little licks and fills on this instrument really lifts our music. C&W, Irish and even Blues sound great on it
I have people come up to me all the time after gigs now telling me what a good Banjo player I am! (Actually I'm just a very average guitar player but I don't tell them that) This is just an aside about 6 string Banjos in general. They are great fun to experiment with. Don't think about it, do it.

As regards this particular model, I actually did a lot of research before buying this one as I thought it might be something that may be a whim purchase and something that I may wish to sell on afterwards. I didn't want to spend big money on something I mightn't actually like but didn't want to just buy the cheapest one because often, you do get what you pay for! ( inferior machine heads and hardware etc that have to be replaced afterwards)
This one, I thought, was going to be a good compromise between the two but actually, it has turned out to be an excellent instrument that can hold it's own with much more expensive ones. I feel that I may have found a really good secret bargain in this instrument.

If you do a bit of internet research you may or may not agree that this looks an awful lot like a Gewa Tennessee Premium 6 string Banjo?
That Banjo is at least double the price of this one and in my opinion I reckon they are virtually identical, barring the name on the headstock.

I have bought a few Harley Benton instruments over the years and in common with those, this has a few cosmetic blemishes. In general, the finish is really good though with nice inlays etc.
The basic build and construction is very good indeed.

The hardware I have found to be faultless. Solid tuners, Nut and Bridge cut properly. The projection is great with no buzzes or rattles and it took just a couple of tweaks to set it up perfectly. It even arrived in tune!
(Thomann are outstanding when it comes to the likes of this, in my opinion.)

Since buying it, I have installed a Shadow Piezo pickup for putting it through the mixer and I swear, I bring this instrument to every single gig I play now.

I can't comment on the HBJ-26 as I haven't played one. I actually was considering buying that instead but I will tell you this much, I don't for a second regret buying this Banjo and I highly recommend it. I'm glad I sent a little extra buying this one.
I am very happy with it and I hope this helps you.


Fantastic quality for the price.
Richard aus Q. 30.09.2019
For the price, it should have six stars for features.
- The double coordinator rods are a lot more stable for the neck and allow a precise adjustment of the neck angle (action height)
- The tailpiece is of the type that allow the strings to go up straight to the bridge.
- Tone ring brings the expected weight but I does bring something to the sound and volume.
- fairly good Remo skin.
- radiused fretboard (my guess around 15") decent fretwork and no sharp fret ends.
- Fret inlays are nicely done and are not too gaudy looking, having a nice pale color which I find less agravating than the cheap looking flashy fake "abalone" of some cheap brand.
- Tuners OK
- Weight: around 5 kilos. If you think that's heavy, you are not familiar with banjos. This is actually a decent weight for a tonering double coordinator banjo.
- Sound is where it is obviously not a 2,500€ banjo. Acceptable (usable) nonetheless.
- No 200€ banjos is going to be set up for optimal playability and sound out of the box. You have to set it up. But be careful and don't break it!
Highly recommended!


Easy to play, great sound!
ingaelk 29.03.2018
I'm a guitarist and wanted an easy transition to banjo, and this is it! 6 string in the style of a guitar, but with that wonderful bright twang of a banjo. The action is nice- not too high, which has been a problem for me in the past with banjos. It's loud- but that's usual for banjos. Sounds great with a capo. No buzzing on frets....straight out of the box, tuned it, and it was very playable. I won't need to make any adjustments- perfect for me. Definitely recommended.


OOJP 20.08.2019
I bought this mostly out of curiosity. You can play it like a guitar, but to me strumming it sounds quite bad. Lead lines sound alright, but if you really plan to play it, you might want to actually learn a little bit how to play banjo. The build quality is what you would expect at this price point. The finish has some cut corners and some of the frets were too long for the fretboard (enough to hurt your arm), so you might have to do some work on the instrument. As for the sound quality, it sounds like a banjo - at least to me.


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