Harley Benton MB-5 SB Deluxe Series

Electric Bass

  • 5-String
  • Deluxe Series
  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Neck profile: D
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Radius: 350 mm
  • 21 Frets
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Nut width: 45 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Headstock is same colour as the body
  • Pickups: 1x Humbucker with coil split function
  • 2x Volume- and 1x tone control
  • Chrome hardware
  • Vintage style machine heads
  • Pressure diecast bridge
  • Strings: .045 - .130
  • Colour: 3-Tone Sunburst
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Colour Sunburst
Soundboard Basswood
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 21
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System H
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Unbelievable quality with an equally unbelievable price!
05.10.2015
First let me preface this review with the fact that it is based impressions after thoroughly inspecting and playing it for some time.

Build quality.The bass is extremely well put together. I found no paint runs, "stray" screws, paint scuffs, glue residue etc. Everything is as it should be (and I did a pretty thorough once-over!). Price aside, this bass is as well built as any other and this is just unbelievable! I must also give a nod to Thomann's quality control as well, I suspect they too make sure these instruments are top notch before they are delivered, so... kudos Thomann! 5/5

Next up, hardware. The knobs are the metal "speed" type. They work just fine. No "dragging", no scratchiness and no noise whatsoever. They seem to be able to hold up.
Tuners are the open mechanism type. Upon first inspection they do look a little flimsy but they are pretty accurate and do the job well enough. The plain, plastic nut, which also does look flimsy, is well cut and grooved, no complaints. Even after a little abuse (slapping-popping, bends etc.) the tuning still holds true, so they're A-OK.
The bridge is also less chunky than it might appear but it, too does the job just fine. Actually, way better than a few other similar bridges, to be honest. 5/5

Now, on to the sound!
This a single pickup bass, so you'd expect it to be a one trick pony, but no! The "humbucker" pickup's coils are split so you get two volume pots for each "row" and a tone. Nothing over the top but responsive enough and they do the job well enough.
The sound is unbelievably close to the real thing, actually. Coupled with a good amp you can fool anyone! The distinctive growl's definitely there. If you push the amp a little that bass has a serious bite. Didn't really expect it, to be honest. The bass doesn' really lack the highs, either. It can sound very piano-like if dialed in correctly, pretty excellent for chordal work, too. Just dial in the bridge "side", turn up the tone and voila! I also suspect that, experimenting with different sets of strings, you can get pretty much any sound you're after with that one pickup, so that's definitely a 5/5. I wouldn't change the pickup, either. It's much better than many of its rivals and surpasses other, more expensive instruments even! Excellent indeed!


Playability's pretty good right out of the box. Could do with a little tweaking to get rid of fret buzz completely and a little raising or lowering the pickup, but all in all it's pretty good.
The neck is VERY similar to a G&L L2500 tribute. On the substantial side, surely it's not an Ibanez neck but not a baseball bat either. Radius is pretty comfortable for anything. The frets are on the low side and could use a polish but I found no dead spots or high frets, so no levelling needed (yay! I hate fretwork!).

All in all, I can't really complain about anything on this bass. Especially considering the price! Everything is as it should be, and personally, I wouldn't bother modding it. It plays and sounds pretty good and I'd probably use the money on getting another HB. Which I'm now planning to!

5/5 for everything
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Amazing bass
Jay18, 22.12.2019
From when I first saw it in person I fell in love with the look of it. The finish is amazing and the matching headstock adds so much professionalism to the look of it.

Soundwise it sounds really good, with the split-coil humbucker I can make a variety of different sounds by changing the volume of both coils, and the tone pot adds even more versatility to this instrument.

The pickups are passable and will work well in any recording session, they are passive pickups so they will need more gain and will sound less full in my experience anyway. But at least you wont need to worry about buying 9v batteries

The only downside I have to this instrument is that there were a few frets that needed some work and the action needed a bit of an adjustment, but that it the case for most new guitars/ basses.

I do like the addition of an alan key case with alan keys to adjust the truss rod and the saddles, along with a guitar cable.

Overall this bass is a must have for intermediate bass players and people who want to dip into the world of 5 strings and for a project template to work on. Like changing pickups etc.
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An ok introduction to 5-strings
vnx_01, 06.01.2020
I bought this bass mainly for home studio use (I was done downtuning a 4-string) and am definitely not disappointed.

The MB-5 offers a decent, low barrier introduction to 5-string basses. The neck, though quite thick, fits nicely in my slightly-larger-than-average hands, and the contour on the body is placed perfectly to avoid getting in the way or excessive friction against the arm. The MM-style pickup and the separate volumes for each coil offer enough tonal variety for my uses, and the pickup itself sounds good with good strings. Tuning stability is fine. Out-of-the-box this bass does however require a setup in order to eliminate string buzz and correct intonation. That being said, for 130e + shipping this is pretty much the best bass I've played in that price range.

TL;DR:
Pros:
- Nice neck for larger hands
- Separate volume-pots for the 2 coils of the pickup
- Good, comfortable design
- Good tuning stability

Cons:
- Requires setup
- Factory strings aren't great
- Wood is what you'd expect for 130e
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bill1971, 13.12.2019
very good 5 strings bass in this price!!great tone and nice sound.
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