Harley Benton JB-75MN SB Vintage Series

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Electric Bass

  • Vintage series
  • Body: American ash
  • Bolt-on neck: Canadian maple with roseacer skunk stripe
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard inlays: Block
  • Neck profile: C
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Nut width: 38 mm
  • Double-Action truss rod
  • 20 Frets
  • Pickup: 2 Roswell JBA Alnico-5 vintage JB-Style single coils
  • 2 Volume controls and 1 tone control
  • Chrome-plated deluxe hardware
  • Classic JB-Style machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: .045 - .100
  • Colour: 3-Tone high gloss sunburst
available since October 2014
Item number 351690
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Ash
Frets 20
Scale Longscale
Pickup System JJ
Elektronic Passive
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$144
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Affordable classic

The Harley Benton JB-75 is a four-string J-style bass that is especially interesting for bassists who prefer the look and sound of a classic but don't want to spend an enormous amount of money on it. In terms of design and features, the JB-75 is based on the well-known American model from the 70s and already offers amazing sonic flexibility with two pickups and passive electronics. A simple bass with no battery and no limitations at a price that is exceptional for these features.

Proven formula

An American ash body and a maple neck and fingerboard are the basis of the Harley Benton JB-75. This combination has been tried and tested and beloved for decades. Just like the original, it has a bolt-on neck design, which ensures a sound with plenty of attack. 20 frets offer enough space for basslines of all kinds and a nut width of 38mm, along with the C-profile of the neck, promise a playability that makes you feel at home immediately. Two Roswell JBA AlNiCo V single coils and passive electronics with two volume controls and one tone control form the sonic control centre of the JB-75. Design, finish, vintage-style machine heads, pickguard, and above all the block inlays and the fingerboard binding provide the JB-75 with a suitably authentic look. The three-tone sunburst is also a more traditional choice of colour, giving it a timeless design.

Great sound at a budget-friendly price

The Harley Benton JB-75 is clearly aimed at price-conscious musicians who nevertheless want to get their hands on the look, feel, and sound of a classic. Stylistically, the JB-75 cannot be squeezed into just one category. In terms of sound it is at home everywhere, from Pop, Rock, Funk, and Soul to R&B and Jazz thanks to its two pickups. Bass students in particular will be pleased with the low price if they still want to play a fully-fledged instrument that can be used long-term. The Harley Benton JB-75 is also advantageous for musicians of other backgrounds who would like to acquire a decent bass as a second instrument.

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.

Well-equipped for all situations

As already mentioned, the JB-75 offers a wide range of sounds thanks to its two pickups. The bridge pickup delivers punchy mids and the necessary definition for concise fingerstyle lines, while the neck pickup adds the punch and the low end for powerful Rock, Blues, or Soul grooves. Both pickups together offer the typical all-round sound for every possible situation. Thanks to its attractive price, the Harley Benton JB-75 is also perfectly suitable as a second bass. Harley Benton additionally offers matching bass amplifiers, which are a sensible, cost-effective add-on, especially since the bass is also available as a bundle with all the necessary accessories.

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Written for Noobs, by a Noob
The Bass Noob 05.12.2021
OK so, let's take it from the top. Selection and ordering. This site is one of the best online retailers I have ever encountered. Everything is accounted for. The site is unbelievably intuitive and easy to navigate and supplies answers to questions I had before I even knew I had them. Placing the order could not have been easier and communication was great.

The package arrived earlier than stated and the container was in perfect condition. This was due to the shipper (UPS) and not so much a function of Thomann. I was a little surprised at how the packing was done, not as much "padding" as I would have thought but everything was in perfect condition. The bass was in immaculate condition. Not one nick, dent, scratch, or other imperfection. Removing it from the box my first reaction was, "Wow, this is heavy." It's listed at 5.15 kgs (one of the lighter in the series and the reason I chose this particular model.) But I don't know what the average bass weighs in at.

Not having the slightest bit of experience with a bass there is not much more I can say. I tuned it up but felt that it did not sound just right so I trekked on down to the local guitar shop for a setup. The tech picked up the bass and the first words he said were, "Wow, this is heavy." He made a few minor adjustments to the string height but otherwise said the instrument was in good shape.

When I got home I could notice the difference.

So now I am learning how to adjust the pickups and create different effects. I tune it up before every practice session and it stays very well tuned day to day. I'm taking an online course (which I can highly recommend from bassbuzz.com) and feeling more confident each day. The neck is smooth and easy to navigate.

I chose this particular bass as an entry level instrument. I had never heard of the Harley Benton name before but after doing some research and reading many positive reviews decided this was the best bang for the buck and I am not disappointed.

Because I am just starting out I didn't want to go all out and buy a speaker amp in case things didn't work out so I bought the Vox amPlug2 and it really works great.

So, from a Noob's perspective I have absolutely no complaints and I am thoroughly satisfied with the purchase. At the entry level my personal opinion is that you don't need to spend a lot of money on the instrument until you're sure you want to stick with it and this bass is very reasonably priced. I am enjoying the learning and playing experience very much and would highly recommend this bass for folks in the same position as me.

Really hopes this helps.
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It's not a Fender, but....
Anonymous 28.07.2015
..you're not paying Fender prices, are you?

Many of the reviews here are slightly hyperbolic and do the JB-75 an injustice. It's very nice (very, very nice) but it's not perfect and you should be aware of this when buying.
Finish is, as others have said, excellent. Removing all the protective plastic was a royal pain in the backside, especially from the control plate. There were a couple of minor scratches on the scratchplate, under the plastic sheet - nothing to cause concern.
The neck is great - thin just as JBs should be but noticeably deep. The satin finish makes it very playable and I have absolutely no issues with this. The slot for the A string was cut too deep which meant that the string buzzed on the first fret. While I have no doubts that Thommann would have addressed this, it was easier just to deal with it here buy very slightly building up the bottom of the slot. Easy to do and problem solved. Likewise a spent ten minutes going along the fret edges with very fine wet and dry as there were sharp edges - nothing major, but just enough to irritate me. On the upside, these minor issues dealt with I have a good low action right up the neck with minimal buzz.

The sound is everything I was looking for - punchy with lots of pop. As with the real thing the tone control does it's job but it isn't spectacular, that's a criticism of passive tone control in general rather than this bass in particular, but fading between the pickups gives everything from majestic lows to real punch with plenty of bite. This is what I was looking for, this is why I bought it and this is exactly what I got.

I have a few basses and this gives nothing away sound-wise. Construction is solid and I have no concerns about longevity. Pickups are great, hardware is simple, solid and does it's job well. D Addario strings are a bonus as they are my choice anyway.

It is unfair to suggest that the JB-75 is equivalent in overall quality to a bass costing several times more, it isn't. For what you pay for it though, I struggle to see how it can be beaten for value. Very solid with a good tonal range, decent (read high) output and that sense of a well-built instrument that will go the distance it remains a mystery how Thommann can offer these at the price they do. I am just glad that they do!

Finally - service from Thommann was absolutely spot on, really cannot fault it in anyway whatsoever, for which they have my thanks and my continuing custom.
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I was shocked when this beauty showed up at my door.
The_Heretic 16.07.2022
Shocked and pleasantly surprised. For the money, you simply cannot top this Jazz Bass clone. If you want a great-looking, great-playing, and great- sounding Jazz Bass but you don't quite have the dough for the real thing, the Harley Benton JB-75 MN SB will do quite nicely. I was simply amazed that a bass could be so good for the price it sells for. Is it perfect? Not quite, but it's very close.

Where most cheap instruments show their cheapness is in the neck, especially how well the frets feel. When you rub your hand along the edges of the frets. Most cheapos will slice you open with the sharp edges of the fret/neck union. No such flaw with this bass, it's I perfectly smooth and the frets are seated well. I said it before and I'll say it again, I'm amazed by the quality of this bass at this price. I've played a lot of basses that cost way more than the JB-75MN SB that sounded and played a lot worse.

I'm not a big fan of the bridge and will probably replace it with a BadAss II or something similar. The tuners, although they amply get the job done, are a little rough around the edges and feel cheaper than their actions would indicate. Lastly, the pickups could use an upgrade but to some Seymore Duncans or a couple of EMGs would be great, but a pair of either of those cost more than this whole bass did, and the OEM Roswells sound pretty good as is.
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Absolutely Stunning Instrument
StoningRolls 04.01.2022
Harley Benton did it again: It's incredible that such an amazing instrument can cost that little! All the hype you read about in other reviews is entirely justified. This is a marvelous bass. Until now I was playing a bass bought by… a competitor (yes, that one), at about the same price range. Any comparison is not even close: The Harley Benton blows the competition out of the water.

The only negative about it is the first thing you'll encounter receiving the box: This thing is heavy. Really heavy. But guess what: It's the price you have to pay for getting stunning tone. The sustain is beyond belief – just hit the string, let it ring, and you'll be amazed.

The pickups are excellent, guaranteed to give you full control and the tone you've been after.

The finishing is great, high quality with no discernible flaws.

All in all, you really can't go wrong with this bass!
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