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Harley Benton PB-20 SBK Standard Series


Electric Bass

  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Double-Action truss rod
  • Pickup: 1 PB style split coil
  • 1 Volume control and 1 tone control
  • Classic PB-Style machine heads
  • Black hardware
  • Ex-factory stringing: .045" - .105"
  • Colour: Black, matte
Colour Black
Soundboard Basswood
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 20
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System P
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
available since October 2019
Item number 449512
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An amazing instrument
K. Zeidler 26.11.2019
HB PB-20 SBK: 88 EUR, shipping to France included...?


I'm no stranger to the handy-work that's sometimes required to render new acquisitions playable, and honestly, I expected to spend some time with this baby...

Initial inspection after unpacking the instrument left me quite surprised though.

Neck relief: perfect.
Action: a little high for my taste, but already quite good.
Fret finish: not super-shiny & polished, but nothing wrong with it; smooth all the way through. No sharp edges along the neck. All good.
Fret board: some minor traces of white (dusty) residue, but easily removed with a brush/cloth.
The paint-job is a really nice - the satin finish looks killer, and I could not spot any imperfections.
The neck-joint is flawless - no gaps, rock-solid.

Closer inspection of the fretwork didn't reveal any issues. All well leveled.

After a little TLC & Wax for the fret board, I lowered the action to suit my preferences. No buzzing, no problem-spots/frets. Very comfortable now.

The hardware is OK. The tuners are a bit tough-going compared to more expensive parts, but a little grease here & there...problem solved.

A glance under the pick guard reveals some left-over saw-dust, but otherwise, things are in order.

Playability / Sound:

Played dry, it's present, good attack & bite. The vibration propagates nicely throughout body & neck, the sustain is good. No obvious dead spots.

The instrument is very light and quite well balanced, although - being very picky - a wee bit heavy on the head. Nothing serious though, and a good strap easily takes care of that.

Amplified, the sound is remarkably good. The pickup is not of the fattest order, but delivers good output & the dry characteristics of the instrument shine through quite well.
The tone control is efficient, and cuts the high frequencies without affecting the upper mid range bite; the sound remains present at all settings.

I replaced the stock-pickup with a spare EMG split-coil & pots I had in a drawer, and now this budget-beauty really sings! ;-)

Now let me repeat this: 88 EUR, shipping to France included!

I play Bass for more than 30 years, and spent considerable amounts for the majority of my instruments.
While I love them all dearly, and appreciiate each and every one of them for their qualities, I cannot help but be utterly gob-smacked by the value-for-money delivered in this case.

I owned instruments costing 10 times this price that were plagued by inexcusable quality control & manufacturing issues...or simply lousy design. It's amazing to see, that such a small price can get you an instrument, that is absolutely perfect for beginners, and - given the quality - well beyond that.

Highly recommended.


How much? Honestly?
Justgone60 27.11.2021
Just under 100 English pounds!!
A great bass, bridge is solid, tuners do the job and well lubricated!
May replace the nut as it is cut a bit low. But I'm not complaining, a new nut is cheap and easy to replace.
Great BASS guitar HB!


The HB PB-20 SBK is an outstanding Bass
LambertBass 04.11.2021
I’ve been playing bass on and off for 30 years. I’m a metal bassist and have played all types of basses. I’ve have a couple of custom built basses, I recently purchased the Spector Dimensions 4 string bass. Let me tell you the PB-20 SBK plays just as as good as those basses. The bass looks amazing, plays amazing and sounds amazing. For a passive stock pick up sounds great and it’s hot. When I plug it in I have to use the active setting on my amp. The intonation is good. I just had lower the action a bit. Everyone’s preference for string height is different but out of the box it was good, I just like to bounce the strings off the frets. This is truly a great bass and I’ll be purchasing more Harley Benton instruments. OH! I live in the states and I ordered my bass on Sunday and I had it on Thursday. Thank you Thomson.


Haans74 27.10.2021
This is a bargain. Well intonated straight out of the box, action is a bit high, but that's an easy fix. No sharp fret ends, great finish (but probably thin - will scratch easily). The tuners feel cheap, but tight. Well put together, and at this price point that's a bonus. The pickup is the weak point, tinny and lacking mids, but I bought a EMG GZR to drop in as a replacement. Easily on par with many basses at three or four times the price.


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