Harley Benton JB-20 SB Standard Series

Electric Bass

The MB22 is a jazz-style bass that offers all the typical features of the classics. A growling bass from the neck's single coil mixes wonderfully with the mids of the bridge pickup and there's also no shortage of treble in the mix.

  • Body: Poplar
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck attachment: Bolt-on
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: Dot
  • Neck shape: Modern C
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Nut width: 38 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickup system: 2 JB-Style single coils
  • Controls: 2 Volume, 1 Tone
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Machine heads: Classic JB-style
  • Strings: .045 - .105
  • Colour: 3-Tone Sunburst High-gloss
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Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Poplar
Neck Maple
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 20
Scale Longscale
Pickup System JJ
Elektronic Passive
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Incl. Gigbag No

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Jeroen914, 01.03.2020
Bought this as a base to try some modifications (pickups, electronics, etc.) but for the money this is a seriously fun bass!
Sure, there are some issues, but they're minor. In my case some of the fret-ends are a little sharp and the nut isn't cut deep enough. Easy enough to fix. The pots aren't the best quality (they're more like on/off switches) but again, not a big deal.
The pickups sound really nice and deliver a good passive "growl".
Fit and finish is really nice. And the neck has a great feel.
Was pleasantly surprised to see all the cavities are shielded (paint) and even grounded. Someone was paying attention when setting up production on these basses.
So, overall I'm really pleased with this one. Specially at this price.
You get a lot more than you pay for!
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Amazing value
19.10.2016
First I must say that I am a guitar player and I got this bass only for recording purposes, since none of the plugins did the job for me. Thomann team sent me this really nice instrument which performs above all expectations. It looks and plays beautifully, and sounds great plugged in my audio interface. The action is excellent, strings are really good, it stays in tune and has great intonation, the finish is flawless... I have to admit, I cannot tell the difference between 3 times more expensive Squier or even a Mexican and this. I have played several Fender basses, Cort and similar, and this one stands shoulder to shoulder to most. I was also very sceptical because of the 100¤ price, but trust me - you can gig and record with this instrument - what else do you need? :)

If there was Fender or any other famous logo on the headstock I am 100% positive that many would not be able to tell the any major difference - I couldn't. I have been playing guitar for almost 15 years, and I have never encountered such value for money and expertise such as this in Thomann. Actually, I am quite sure that I will buy some more Harley Benton instruments in the future. They got my trust to that extent that I am more comfortable with ordering an instrument online than going to a local music store. And the warranty is 2 years longer. Great job Thomann team.
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DO NOT HESITATE
CharlieMay1, 26.12.2018
So, Santa brought me this bass. Is it any good?

I am a complete novice on bass but have been in bands playing drums for 40yrs, so I know how things should be.

This instrument should be rubbish. It only costs 98 euros right?

I took mine out of the perfect boxes (having had it delivered by courier to France) and not a scratch was on it.

The finish is excellent. You cannot see the joins in the body the woodwork it's so good. The paint job is immaculate. Not a ding or scratch in sight.

The sound is amazing, a real pleasure. I do get a little fret rattle but I am putting that down to my crap playing technique for now.

Played through an amp the sound is beautiful and powerful, rich and metallic, just how I like it. New strings helping there too, clearly. Without an amp, it sounds fine to play in a quiet room.

The only "issue" if you can call it that are the three knobs. I thought there were two tone controls and one volume control, but there are two volume and one tone. Not really a big deal for me at this stage. All tone control issues can be sorted using a decent pre-amp later if needed.

One of the knobs was slightly higher than the other two as one of them was different in design, but I opened up the cover and stuck an extra washer in and now they're all lined up nicely - more my OCD than anything else.

Look, just go ahead and buy this bass. Take my word for it, you will not be disappointed. So what are you waiting for???
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Good bass for less than 100¤? YES! Unbelievable.. but so true
slawrat@gmail.com, 14.01.2019
One day I said that I have enough doing bass tracks in my midi controller and I need simplest bass guitar to do this job. I've been playing 6 strings guitars for years but I was totally green with bass guitars. Choice was quite obvious. I chose the cheapest guitar from search browser without any special expectations because what kind of special features you can expect from bass guitar for less than 100¤?! And believe me or not or even more.. call me barbarian or total fool but for me it's absolutely great, good sounding piece of 4 string instrument with very good built quality and even nice setup! Guitar was ready to play out of the box. This bass simply do the job. That was my main purpose and I'm satisfied in 100%. If I had to write sth about the cons sorry but there is nothing to add from me. Maybe I'm playing not long enough? But wait? no.. It's been 17 years now! So probably I know what I'm saying. If I had make this choice again I would go for it again! I Definitely recommend this product.
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