Harley Benton PB-20 SBK Standard Series

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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
available since October 2019
Item number 449512
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Black
Soundboard Basswood
Neck Canadian Maple
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 20
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System P
Elektronic Passive
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$111
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An affordable classic

The Harley Benton PB-20 Satin Black is a four-string P-style bass finished in matt black that is especially interesting for bassists who prefer the look and sound of a classic, but don't want to spend a fortune on it. In terms of design and features, the PB-20 is based on the well-known American model from the 60s and already offers amazing sound flexibility with a split coil and passive electronics. A simple bass with no battery and no limitations at a price that won't break the bank.

Reduced to the limit

A basswood body, a maple neck, and an amaranth fingerboard are the basis of the Harley Benton PB-20. 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 the neck itself, which is 42mm wide at the nut and features a C profile, promises an instantly familiar, comfortable playing feel. The signature split coil pickup and passive electronics with one volume and one tone control have always been part of the "PB" signature sound, and the PB-20 is no exception. An instrument needs more than just a good sound to make an impression, however: Looks also have their part to play. The PB-20's design, finish, vintage-style machine heads, and pickguard all contribute to its authentic appearance, and the matt black colour adds a modern touch and makes it particularly well-suited for heavier musical styles.

Great sound at an affordable price

The Harley Benton PB-20 is clearly aimed at musicians who are price-conscious but still want to get their hands on the look, feel, and sound of a classic. Stylistically, the PB-20 cannot be squeezed into just one category, despite having only one pickup. As music history shows, it's at home everywhere from Soul, Motown, Pop, Rock, and Funk to R&B and Jazz, although its appearance will appeal most especially to musicians of a more modern persuasion. Beginners looking to find out whether playing the bass is something they enjoy will be particularly pleased with the low price, as will musicians 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 PB-20 offers a wide range of sounds. The split coil pickup delivers a powerful sound with a lot of low end and the characteristic throaty, snarling touch of a "P-style" bass. As a result, it cuts through any mix with its rich and bold sound, be it live or in the studio. Thanks to its attractive price, the Harley Benton PB-20 is also perfectly suitable as a second bass. Harley Benton also offers matching bass amplifiers, which are a practical, cost-effective add-on, especially since the bass is also available as a bundle with all the necessary accessories.

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An amazing instrument
K. Zeidler 26.11.2019
HB PB-20 SBK: 88 EUR, shipping to France included...?

Quality:

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.
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Don't believe the hype
ThachNguyen 14.02.2022
I've bought now 6 HB basses, and this one is the worst. In fact, it's the worst product I've bought from here. Bar none. I was thinking at least it'd be better than the Glary's and Monoprice's or my 20-year old p-bass I use fore practice, but no. The neck is very chunky and really uncomfortable for smaller hands. The pickup is tinny at best. Hardware is as cheap as you can buy (man, they don't bother removing the jagged edge of the pick guard). The strings ain't even D'Addario that come with the other HB basses. There's absolutely no setup!!! If you don't know how to set it up, don't buy. It can't play out-of-the-box: the action is a mile high. The setup wasn't simple: I had to fiddle around with both the truss rod and the saddle heights to get it to a decent (i.e., without buzz) action, but still quite higher than what I'm used to. Fret ends are good. Finish good, except there's a chip at the head stock. The only thing I like about it is the color scheme!!! Spend a bit more money to get the deluxe line (PJ-74). The costs of the strings and the Roswell pickup(s) are already worth the difference.

In summary, it is not worth the wood and even the minimal labor put into making it.
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Love on first sight
Nickolasgr 09.12.2021
Let's get serious... I bought the bundle and I left the base last on my reviews! I am a piano player for 12 years and I decided to start Bass as well. I mean I am completely noob on basses but not on sounds (not entirely :D )
When I received it, after a full inspection, I tuned it and started playing, I was so amazed of it's rock solid sound that I fallen in love with it even more! The solid construction, the deep black mat color, everything was perfect. I would like to mention as well about packaging, absolutely perfect! After three months of daily practice I can say that it never let me down... I can play any type of music I want, rock or blues, not in level to try Jazz though. I really love this bass and I recommend it to anyone. For it's price I think is the perfect choice for a beginner. Even if I go for an expensive bass later, I am gonna keep my first and awesome bass for practice! Thank you Thomman for this awesome instrument! You make people happy!!!
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Some Rough Spots but Overall a Steal!
Ol' Spivvy 27.09.2022
I've been hearing lots of great things about Harley Benton lately and was in the market for a P-bass. Decided to give this a try and I couldn't be happier. It plays amazing and sounds really freakin' good! There are some QC issues though...

Features: It's a p-bass--it's pretty basic. There's the 2 pups and a volume knob and a tone knob. Idk what else you need.

Sound: It's that p-bass sound I've wanting for a long time. Haven't put new strings on it but have been pretty happy with the factory strings. Could only sound better with new, nicer strings.

Quality: The biggest issue (and my only real complaint) were really sharp fret ends but a $25 fret dressing file and about 45 mins of gentle, careful filing fixed that issue. If you know how to fix this then it's barely an issue, especially in this price range.

There's also a spot on the back of the neck where it looks like dust got into the paint before it dried, but it's barely noticeable and I couldn't care less about that. Again, price range. Not complaining.

Overall, $109 for the bass, about $70 shipping and the $25 file and I have a bass that I am so in love with and can't put down. For this price range I am honestly blown away by this bass. I couldn't be happier and will definitely be picking up a couple more of their different models!
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