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Harley Benton PB-50 FR Vintage Series

Electric Bass

  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck: Canadian maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Double-Action truss rod
  • Pickup: Roswell VTN4 Vista Alnico-5 vintage PB-style single coil
  • 1 Volume control and 1 tone control
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Classic PB-Style machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario .045 - .100
  • Colour: Fiesta red
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Colour Red
Soundboard Basswood
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 20
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System S
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Smooth festive red rambler
Mountainhop, 06.11.2020
I ordered this single-coil version to start up base riffs to support my guitar playing.

Seeing a few very positive reviews on YouTube triggered me for especially this bass guitar with no difficult settings.

Three days later it was delivered to my home packed in a very big box with another box well protected inside of it. No dents, no damages whatsoever, it arrived in perfect condition. Very funny are the UPS notices you get on your mobile phone that your shipment is on its way and what time it will arrive.

Out of the box playability:

After seeing the YouTube review I didn’t expect the budget guitar to come out of the box as perfect as the on the YouTube video, but I was wrong! Perfect smooth satin finish neck, no sharp frets, action height on 3 strings was almost good for my tase, i lifted the saddle of the E-string a bit, which made it almost perfect to start playing right away. There are D’Addario strings on the guitar, unbelievable because these do not come cheap. I wonder how they do it fot this price.

Hardware:

The body is beautfully done with a very thick layer of fiesta red, very thick 1-ply pickguard with a beautful design, the Roswell VTN4 Vista Alnico-5 vintage PB-style house brand single coil pickup is attached directly to the body and magnets lines up perfectly with the strings.
The chrome volume and tone knob feel very convincing and roll smooth, tone pot had to have a little contact spray because I heard a tiny crackle whilst rolling on and off. Now it is absolutely silent in using on amp or headphone. Tuners are vintage but do their job beautifully.

Soundcheck:

First I plugged on a very simple mini guitar amp with a headphone to try various settings.
As I am a guitar player but decades ago started at some point with a very bad bass guitar I quickly stepped up to the plate of playing various riffs I used to know. The sound was nice and round, much better than to expect but please understand I have no comparison here besides electric and acoustic guitars. I became so confident in playing my red rambler after already one day that I ordered a B-stock Hartke bass amp with it at Thomann’s, which came delivered at my front door unbelievably fast, in one day wow!

General impression:

This bass guitar is a jewel to the eye, the neck for this kind of money has been done very very good, even the woodgrain is beautiful on front and back. The hardware is more than sufficient for use and can be upgraded but certainly does not have to right away. I myself am more than content with the Roswell Alnico 5 Vintage single coil pickup, it does not hum or buzz and gives a perfect rumble ramble foundation when the right chords ring out. I for example went straight into Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix and Funky Town rythms and ended with a very low and deep Reggae riff. The sounds are more versatile as one should think.

My advice:

Go and buy one! Disover the simplicity of bass playing for little gas-money you cannot even spend properly on a trip or dinner in this fast changing world. Pleej dah bees!

Thanks for reading!
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The best bass in the world under 100 euro! I'm dead serious.
P-bass Zealot, 23.01.2019
This instrument is arguably the best bass at its price point. The price is unreal considering its sound/tone quality. I have used American and Japanese Fenders (which are 6 to 10 times more expensive). If Fender were to assemble a bass or something close to this price range, the PB-50 would still beat them hands down. Give Fender 100 euro and make them produce a bass with this amount. I'm sure they would be scratching their heads and struggle to rival this Harley Benton bass. What else can I say?

PROS: 1. undeniably the legendary p-bass tone/sound; 2. not heavy; 3. very nice aesthetics; 4. unjustifiably and insanely cheap for the sound you get; 5. the Roswell pickup is thunderous!

CONS...?: 1. chunky neck others say, but I don't really mind. If you are a precision bass user, it shouldn't be a big of a deal; 2. I hope Thomann could "soon" come up with the classic natural blonde or ash colour version and/or lighter body shades. (Just some unsolicited advice...guys this would boost your sales big time.)

Overall, this bass is a revelation, one huge surprise!
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Another satisfied HB PB-50 owner!
SteveAmsterdam, 18.09.2019
I bought this bass 2 months ago after reading all the fuzz about it, and it delivers!

Pros:
- The neck: In my opinion the biggest asset of this bass. The chunky (baseball!) neck is a joy to play, no fretting issues at all.
- No need to set up or replace anything, even the strings: I just tuned it and was ready to go
- Look, the fiesta red colour is very nice, hopefully it will age well
- Sound. The Roswell pick-up works perfect for home practice and small gigs.
- Price! 109 euros this is amazing.

Cons:
Some minor issues here and there: a pickguard screw was loose, the pickguard and hardware look cheap (from close only), the paint job on the side of the neck for the dots marking is not immaculate and the tuners probably won't last forever but they do work, so no hurry for an upgrade.

I recommend this PB50 Harley Benton bass to all players, not only beginners.
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expected nothing at all...
chibbles, 29.03.2019
... got the best value bass on the market. period. The finish is near flawless, in a beautiful fiesta red. the roswell pickups are truly special, seriously. i did not expect such an enormous sound from such a cheap bass.

The neck is a nice chunky p bass, fairly typical, with a matt finish. there were no bad frets, no raised frets, no unfinished fret ends. equally on a par with much more expensive basses i have.

i bought this bass out of curiosity, to see how good a bass can be for so little money. it was my first harley benton. I really do not think it will be my last. and that pickup? just amazing.

now all i need is a lake placid blue copy...
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