Harley Benton HBO-850 Bass Black


Acoustic Bass

  • Design: Roundback with cutaway
  • Top: Spruce
  • Body: ABS Super Shallow Bowl
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Fretboard radius: 400 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Multi-ply ABS body binding
  • ABS neck binding
  • Scale: 869 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Bridge: Blackwood
  • Diecast machine heads
  • Dual-Action truss rod
  • Ex-factory stringing: HB .040 - .100
  • Pickup system with 4-band EQ
  • Colour: Black High gloss
available since September 2017
Item number 410339
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Black
Top Spruce
Back and Sides Plastics, Synthetics
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Roseacer
Incl. Pickup System Yes
Incl. Case No
Includes Gigbag No
Scale Longscale
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56 Customer ratings

44 Reviews

A very good option for beginners
Mamede 24.07.2020
For the price range, I can say that it was a great surprise.
When I tried it for the first time, I has some buzz on the 5th and 6th fret for the 2nd and 3rd string. After adjusting the truss rod I got it working just fine.
The wood overlay over the body was quite rough, so I used a very thin sand paper to smoothen it out, and the result was just fantastic. Now it is so smooth that many times I am using the holes to rest my thumb while I play.

The tuner doesn’t work that well, but since I use my phone to tune the bass, I do not find that a negative point, but I do understand that it may be a problem for some people.

The inlays on the neck are just beautiful.

The sound of the bass is great and after you get used to the round body back, it feels very comfortable.

For a beginners bass, I would never give more than 4 stars, and I can tell you that this bass goes up to the max. If I hadn’t fix the buzz by adjusting the truss rod It would be 3 star bass; and by sanding that body overlay gave the finishing of the bass a near 5 star.
Overall, and if you are just looking for a bass to start, I do recommend it.


Great Bass
Cino 02.04.2022
Great Amazing Bass For The Price Point

the tuner's are however complete and utter garbage

here's a better idea harley benton
ur guitars and bass's are a great upgrade platform value

how about u keep the junk pot metal tuners next time and just discount the bass accordingly,i think u would be suprised how many orders you would get for guitars without tuners, pickups, or even bridges because players tend to swap these components out regardless and we're just filling up landfills with poor quality pot metal hardware that shouldn't be wasted in the first place

maybe offer 1 or 2 models to guage the interest

but offer them finished but without the low quality electronics/tuners

allowing the customer to add there own

however make stipulations where customer's can't modify the tuner peg hole's stuff like that for your return etc

or make the product non returnable

but offer one strat or single cut style guitar but without the low quality stuff loaded and have that also be reflected in the price of the product and i think you would be suprised

it would be like opening up a harley benton custom shop
but on a reasonably priced scale

so long story short the stock tuner's are about to go in the trash in canada

had to replace them with Profile tuners, bass plays amazingly well after i oiled the fretboard and it's time to slappa da bass


Not a bad place to start
Big J 04.02.2022
It's a beautiful looking instrument!
It plays okay, some fun buzzy noises on various frets. Anything around the 12th fret sounds a little tinny. Decent tone for the price.

If you're looking for a place to start, it isn't bad. You could learn a few things and save on the cost of an amp upfront.

I picked this up as something to have in the car for the odd impromptu acoustic jams and it's been decent for that.

Tuner and pick up are nice to have, wouldn't want to be relying on the tuner too much, however.
When I've gone into my amp, in fairness, it sounds pretty epic and much better than I expected.

Some EQ settings on there too which is kinda cool I suppose, can't say I've used em.


Another great instrument!
B K 27.02.2022
Honestly you can't go wrong with this.

The usual set up job and it plays great. No finish flaws at all. Tuners are better than I expected, so Thomann is listening! Acoustic sound is super resonate and the pickup and EQ set up is good. Just have it far enough away from the amp to avoid feedback.

If you are on the fence on an acoustic bass or a fretless electric bass like I was, buy a Harley Benton. You won't be out a ton of money to get a quality bass to try out. Best entry level instruments out there for the cash.

Great job Harly Benton and Thomann!