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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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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Great Bass for a beginner, feels and sounds quality!
Henry "Reviewer" Yahzle, 28.01.2021
It took a while for this Bass to arrive, but that's because I ordered it the day after Brexit actually happened, and it was shipping from Germany to England, so not at all Thomann's fault.

The bass plays great! While I've never played a Bass before, compared to other string instruments I have, banjo, guitar, it definitely feels quality!

There's a little bit of buzz on the strings, however I haven't at all adjusted the bass, and reviews I've seen say that you might have to do a little bit of work to fix it. I am going to wait to do that though, as it might just be my poor technique.

It feels heavy, in a good way, it doesn't feel cheap and it stays in tune really well. Even though I only have a cheap Guitar Amp, it sounds really good through that! The only problem is that the knobs for the pick ups don't have much inbetween off and on.

I'm happy with my purchase, especially for the £100, the guitar looks great, I'm actually thinking about getting a tortoise pickguard to make it look more like a 60s Jazz Bass.
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THE starter bass
Dead Blues B., 31.12.2020
First, I got this bass for my wife. Really. After the ukulele I thought it would be fun to play together (I play guitar). Second, would be great having a bass around for adding bass tracks on my blues. So the question is, does JB-20B does its job?
Pros
I recall low price basses in the 90's and 2000's feeling really cheap but this is is not what you get. Smooth, accurate, frets feel good, great for practicing and having it in the studio. Impressive quality for such a price tag.
Cons, none. You can compare the brand to other entering level brands though as happy owner of an HB Extreme-76 and Custom Line Manhattan, it's always an impressive quality for the price.
To conclude, yes it does its job so let's name this bass THE starter bass. Anyone starting playing bass or needing one for a home studio, this is the one. Congrats to Harley Benton, having such a quality for this price means more players for sure. And that is impressive.
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Wow!
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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