Harley Benton DB02-BEM Electric Double Bass


Electric double bass

  • Body made of Paulownia
  • Maple neck
  • Traditional head with scroll
  • Fingerboard made of Birch (Betula albosinensis)
  • Scale length: 105 cm
  • Abdominal support
  • Active pickup system with 9 V battery supply
  • Volume control
  • Tone control
  • Height adjustable bridge
  • Headphone jack
  • Colour: Birds Eye Maple
  • Included bag and carbon bow
available since June 2021
Item number 511889
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Size 3/4
Fretboard Birch (Betula Albosinensis)
Electronics Active
adjustable bridge Yes
Incl. Bag Yes
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bow Yes
Incl. stand No
Incl. Peg Yes
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Hopeful, but disappointed.
Chas D. 03.06.2022
The Harley benton DB02 is Thomann's in-house, extremely-affordable electric upright double bass. With a consumer price of $493.29 + freight, the purchase to at the very least try-out this instrument seemed like a no-brainer!

Thomann very adequately prepared the DB02 for shipping to the USA. Inside the package there is a canvas gig bag cover (unpadded) with an outer pocket for bow and accessories. The bass must employ the use of its active pickup system (with 9V battery) to be heard. Tonally, the instrument provides a surprisingly good sound for the cost, although the string height is extremely high out of the box.

The DB02 has an unfortunate weakness by design: its wobbly endpin. The instrument simply cannot be played at appropriate height without its unsteady drawback.

Another uncomfortable annoyance is the DB02's optional playing shoulder feature. This piece of hardware calls for two threaded inputs to be screwed into the body of the bass each time it is made ready to play. But, the inputs are extremely tight, and every time a player goes to screw-in the tips, it feels as though they might break at the connection. Moreover, the shoulder is unadjustable, making the playing position forced at the given angle, per the height of the player.

Is the Harley benton DB02 right for me? If you're asking this question, all I can advise is to try it for yourself in order to make the final judgement. There is a cost involved for shipping this oversized package, so keep this in-mind. If the experience of trying electric uprights at home is your chosen action, get used to the freight expense for both directions to-and-from the seller.


I like the instrument, but you cannot trust the bag it comes in.
Peach71 19.01.2023
For my first foray into the world of EDB, it seemed like a great idea. The "Wobbly Endpin" as others have said is annoying, but it is just a rod - you can buy rods in a lots of materials, diameters and lengths. I enjoy playing it and it sounds good to me

And on to the bag.....

It comes with a bag that seems of reasonable quality. It has several handles and a shoulder strap. Do not trust that shoulder strap.

The instrument is fairly heavy and quite tall. When the stitches on the shoulder strap snap - and they will, it will give at the top - at the back of your shoulder. The bass will fall backwards (you will not be able to catch it) though an angle of around 110-120 degrees. This means the headstock, even in it's bag, will fall about 7 feet and hit the ground. I had only had it 3 weeks. It's a dreadful design fault.


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Dittersdorf 03.01.2023
Der Versand und die gesamte Abwicklung seitens Thomann war wie immer hervorragend. Bei dem günstigen Preis hatte ich offen gestanden nicht zuviel erwartet, war dann aber insgesamt positiv überrascht.
Die Verarbeitung des Instruments ist solide. Das mitgelieferte Zubehör (Bogen und Gigbag) überzeugt ebenso.
Der Sound ist wie die Spielbarkeit des Instruments ansprechend gut.
Einzige Anmerkung(en):
Der Stachel könnte stabiler sein. Die Bauchstütze ist schwer bzw. unhandlich zu montieren und die Hinweise dazu in der Bedienungsanleitung könnten eindeutiger sein.
Bei der Vormontage durch Thomann wurde der Steg schief eingestellt, was aber durch die Stellschrauben am Steg schnell zu beheben war.
Fazit: Sehr gutes Preis-Leistungsverhältnis.