Harley Benton HBZ-2004 Deluxe Series


Electric Bass

  • Deluxe Series
  • Sides: Ovangkol
  • Continuous 7-piece mahogany/maple/nato neck
  • Fretboard: Black walnut
  • Nut width: 40 mm
  • Oval abalone inlays
  • 24 Frets
  • Scale: 864 mm (Long Scale)
  • Pickups: 2 Ceramic bar pickups
  • Active tone control
  • Black hardware
  • Diecast machine heads
  • String strength (ex works): .045 - .105
  • Colour: Natural, matte
Available since November 2011
Item number 264956
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Natural
Soundboard Mahogany
Neck Maple, Nato
Fretboard Black Walnut
Frets 24
Scale Longscale
Pickup System JJ
Elektronic Active
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
Pickups JJ
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Exotic looks and versatile sound

Electric bass with active electronics

For quite some time, Harley Benton instruments have been synonymous with excellent quality for those on a budget. The Harley Benton HBZ-2004 electric bass is no exception, showcasing a striking natural look with ovangkol body wings and a seven-piece through-neck adorned with a 24-fret walnut fingerboard. To ensure that the entire neck is accessible, the lower cutaway of the body with its sweeping contours is extra deep to ensure a comfortable playing experience for bass solo afficionados. Active electronics with two ceramic bar pickups in turn provide a highly varied range of tones, while the four-way bridge ensures an optimum transfer of the strings' resonance to the body.

Ovangkol body on the Harley Benton HBZ-2004 bass

Two pickups and active electronics

The Harley Benton HBZ-2004 features body wings crafted from two pieces of ovangkol and a seven-piece neck section made from a mix of mahogany, maple, and nato. Not only does it boast an eye-catching appearance, but its active electronics including two ceramic bar pickups also make it versatile enough to capably handle a range of musical styles. These pickups harmonise beautifully with the attractive wood combination, and the sound can be easily adjusted thanks to the ergonomically placed volume and tone knobs. The HBZ-2004 boasts a seamless neck-to-body transition and features a finely textured black walnut fingerboard that is adorned with subtly elegant oval abalone inlays.

Pickups and control pots on the Harley Benton HBZ-2004 bass

Striking beauty

With its affordable price tag, the Harley Benton HBZ-2004 bass is perfect for beginners who are on a restricted budget but still desire a high-quality, natural aesthetic. Behind its appealing exterior lies a versatile electric bass that, thanks to its active electronics and duo of ceramic bar pickups, is capable of delivering a range of sounds from soft and mellow to heavy and intense. Even gigging musicians who are on the lookout for a well-built and visually appealing backup instrument that will easily cut through the mix in a band context might well find the Harley Benton HBZ-2004 to be a charming companion for rehearsals and performances.

Harley Benton electric bass headstock

About Harley Benton

Since 1998, the Harley Benton brand has been catering for the needs of numerous guitarists and bassists. In addition to an extensive range of stringed instruments, Thomann's house brand also offers a wide choice of amplifiers, speakers, effect pedals, and other accessories. In total, the range includes over 1,500 products. Built by established names in the industry, all Harley Benton products combine quality and reliability at attractive and affordable prices. The continuous expansion of the range ensures that Harley Benton always provides new, exciting, and innovative products that keep players perfectly in tune with the musical world, day after day.

A comfortable starting point

When it comes to bass guitars, a quality instrument no longer has to come with a hefty price tag – and the Harley Benton HBZ-2004 proves this point by serving as a budget-friendly first instrument for budding low-enders. Its attractive appearance, powerful sound courtesy of the active electronics and ceramic bar pickups, and comfortable playing feel provided by the slim-taper neck and black walnut fingerboard mean that this bass is sure to appeal to a wide audience, while its avant-garde body design ensures both excellent access to the upper registers and a comfortable fit against the player's body, the latter thanks to the instrument's carved front and back edges.

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179 Reviews

Love at first sight
Nikos Karampelas 09.04.2020
OK to start off, i want to say that i wish more than anything else that i could give the instrument a perfect 5/5 in all categories. However, there are some problems that need to be adressed.
Good things first (and they are plenty). This bass looks AMAZING! I love the natural finish, the inlays are a nice change to your classic white inlays. It really is a beautiful bass and it is just so inspiring to pick up and play, and for me that is always the most important.
Sound wise i think it really delivers. Great tone and sustain. I think it can go against competition from higher price ranges with ease.
Combine those with the active electronics and neckthrough construction and you get a solid instrument capable of much more than being a stepping stone for begginers. I would easily take it to a gig, without second thought.
Having said all that, mine came with quite a few toolmarks and scratches. on the fretboard, on the neck and on the body. particularly 2 of the scratches are somewhat large and noticeable, and i am a bit worried that they ll grow with temperature/humidity change. I dont care about the visuals in that aspect, so i dont mind them now, i just dont want to think that i might need to spend more money on a new instrument.
Lastly, the ceramic pickups do absolutely fine, but perhaps for next generation Thomann could go for an eponymous brand and that would lead the already amazing sound that the HBZ-2004 has to skyhigh levels.
No matter what, we can be thankful that we can have instruments so good at such a great price! Thanks Thomann and Harley Benton


Very happy customer!
LIFE 18.08.2020
Im a guitarist for 30 years but this is also the 4th bass I've owned in that time. I've played bass in a few bands and now I've settled down in a new country, I'm building my gear back up and wanted to buy a bass again. I've been playing this via amp, DI into DAW, rehearsal rooms and live over PA. I'm reviewing this bass according to its price and therefore expectations at that point.

Firstly this guitar looks great but thats obvious in the photos.

The build, while structurally solid has a few very minor cosmetic flaws in the finish but you really need to look to see them. a small tool burn when routing the top horn, it could be sanded out easily as there is zero lacquer finish but I wont bother with that, maybe one day if Im bored. The back plate doesnt quite fit the hole at one corner, its short by about 5mm but it is completely shielded inside, I may make my own wooden backplate to match the guitar. The inlays on the fretboard arent perfect when you look up close. Nothing major!

It plays very well, after an adjustment of the truss and bridge, the action is low, no buzz, the neck is slim and thin. The frets stop about half a mil before the end of the fretboard and are clean and smooth.

Sound is very versatile, having the active controls is extremely useful when you want to ease or apply more treble/bass depending on style. The tone between the two pickups is matched well. There is a small notch you can feel when the pickup and bass/treble pots are in the center positions.

The only con I can find with the bass is that I have nowhere suitable for me to rest my thumb when playing as the pickups come quite high outside the string width so I may add a wooden thumb rest if I cant get used to it.

I've been playing other low cost / big brand basses since I got this and this HBZ just feels far superior in every way.

Active, through neck with this versatility, playability and looks at this price is a strong 5/5. Even at twice the price id give it a 5/5. three times the price id expect the minor flaws to not be there and then give it 5/5.


How do they do it for the price?
CappuccinoKris 13.03.2018
The HB bass is Thomanns's own brand. How they make a thru neck for this price is beyond me. It is well built and rugged and surprisingly light but not in a detrimental way. The finish is great and the matt look on this will appeal to anyone who likes a natural look rather than a high gloss finish. The finish isn't perfect, with one or two minor imperfections, mine has a small crack near the battery compartment but you really have to look to see it, but you can't expect perfection on an instrument this good for this amount of money.

It plays well and was we'll set up on arrival. I've just changed the strings to flat wounds and the small alterations i had to make to the bridge were quick and easy. It has 24 frets, great intonation and keeps tuned well. The action is great and the frets sit nicely with no problems. The socket clicks a jack into place firmly and will ideally suit a right-angle plug. The 9v battery compartment is well designed and the tuners move without effort. The simplicity of the bridge makes adjusting it really easy although I didn't need to until I changed strings. It looks beautiful, is well made and the centre-notched treble, bass and pickup mix controls, along with the volume, have a great feel. The pickups are powerful and sound great with only minor EQ adjustments needed.

It comes shipped with the Allen keys for the bridge and neck and fitted with D'Addario roundwounds.

A great all round bass with a jazzy feel. You won't find better in this price range.


Good for the price but other budget brands offer better quality for the same price
JPT689 12.02.2023
Overall this bass is good for anyone looking for an affordable bass and it’s a perfectly decent instrument however other budget brands offer better quality control for the same price. The one piece neck feels great and the fretwork is excellent. The electronics are also surprisingly decent for the price point. This bass looks and plays great and the set up on it was also excellent out of the box and the bass played great out of the box which was nice and surprising. At $366 CAD the price is appealing at first glance. The quality of the wood is also very good for the low price. I definetely dig the ovankol body and the neck is really nice and I LOVE the walnut fretboard. The bass is perfectly weighted and is super comfortable to play and the playing feel is good. Not gonna trade my custom shops in for this thing but again playability is honestly excellent overall.

I own several basses ranging from Fender Custom Shop Jazz basses to an entry level Sterling Ray4’s and Squiers. I have to say apples for apples that the quality of the hardware on the Ray4 and Squiers is superior. The end of the bridge on the HBZ-2004 I bought is so sharp i literally cut myself on it and the tuners are definitely lower grade and have a weird play in them that make tunning this bass a pain. Again, you don’t expect top shelf hardware at this price point however other budget brands deliver better hardware at the same price. Some brass is visible through the black finish and the finish on the black bridge is flaking in some spots and the serial number is literally a sticker. The hardware definetely feels cheaper and overall the build quality overall feels a bit less refined than the Sterling Ray4. After factoring in shipping and customs duties, the price point difference is a moot point as I paid the same for my Sterling from long and mcquade as I did for my HBZ-2004.

As expected on an instrument in this price range there are some small QA issues that are not present on the Ray4 ans Squier jazz i own . The bass I got came with a small crack on the fretboard from when the nut was installed at the factory. Not a big deal however again the attention to detail on the Ray4 is noticeably better for the same price. Thomann has a good return policy and great customer service but if you’re outside of Europe returning/buying a HB is more complicated than going to your local Long and McQuade to find a good Squier, Epiphone, Ibanez or Sterling. Don’t get me wrong, these brands have their QA issues as well however it is easier to deal with returns for the other brands and you can have the opportunity to try before you buy and overall it feels like QA is still a bit better with the other budget builders. Not a huge difference but enough for me to say I’d feel more inclined buying a Squier or Sterling sight unseen over getting another Harley Benton.

Also the packing of these is absolutely atrocious. It came packed in a super cheap box that offered no protection. There was no bubble wrap or anything and many buyers have complained about broken guitars. My Sterling came in a factory box that could survive shipping. With the packaging on thiese it’s a wonder that it made to Canada intact.

If you want a unique bass for a cheap price as a mod platform, the HBZ-2004 is a great buy. As a beginner bass, shop around as you can likely find better for the price. d’accord comment tu vas faire hier