Harley Benton PJ-75 VW Vintage Series

Five-String Electric Bass

  • Vintage Series
  • Body: African alder
  • Bolt-on neck: Canadian Maple with rose Acer Skunk Strip
  • Neck profile: D
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • 20 Frets with dot inlays
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Nut width: 45 mm
  • Double Action Trussrod
  • Pickups: Roswell PBA / JBA Alnico-5 Single Coils
  • 2 Volume and 1 tone controls
  • Hardware: Deluxe Chrome
  • Deluxe brass saddles
  • Classic PB-style machine heads
  • Ex factory strings: D'Addario EXL .045 - .130
  • Colour: Olympic White high gloss
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Colour White
Body Alder
Neck Maple
Fretboard Blackwood
Frets 20
Scale Longscale
Pickup System PJ
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Much much better than you would imagine
PBarrington, 13.01.2020
I got one of these for practising on my lunch breaks at work. I'm really really pleased with it.

I was expecting some buzzy frets and some hum from the pickups (based on other reviews). No buzzy frets and the signal is near silent. If I touch the strings there is no sound at all (good grounding in place).

I'm in the process of straightening the neck (I only adjust by quarter turn once a day until I get to where I want to be). It's very playable already though. The intonation was almost perfect upon delivery. I've got it dead on with loads of play left in the adjustment if I needed it. It is in tune all the way up and down the neck (including on the lower frets where you sometimes get slightly sharp/stretched notes if the nut isn't right). It keeps its tuning fine. Machine heads feel smooth and sturdy.

The p-bass pickup is good and the tone control has an even response from closed to fully open. The only con so far is the J Bass pickup which is thin. I don't think this could be used solo. I get a good sound with 100% P and 50% J. To be honest I just want 100% P most of the time anyway.

The neck is lovely and smooth (no sticky finish).

The pots feel cheap but rotate smoothley and there is no crackling. The jack input is nice and secure. I even think the pickguard looks good.

The woodwork and paint is flawless as far as I can see. No large gaps anywhere around the neck joint.

This feels every bit as good as much more expensive five strings I've picked up and played at PMT and Dawsons. I've not gigged it or recorded with it yet. I'm getting a very clean signal through my studio headphones though plugged into a Zoom B3 effects pedal.

If any problems comes out of the woodwork I will let you know.

Thank you Thomann and cudos Harley Benton! No idea how you build these for this little money.
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Gigworthy!
Bassmanb3, 12.12.2019
Astounding Build quality! Near perfect setup! And It's pretty! Been playing bass for half a century.I was a full time pro but now I am a weekend warrior type. Gobsmacked 4 different ways. Took delivery Saturday. The outer box was destroyed. Ripped torn and bent like a strung longbow. Inner box was bent as well . Amazed when I took the bass out it was in near perfect condition. It did take a really hard lick on the lower strap button. bent the button and the screw and cracked the finish around it. Cosmetic damage no one will ever see. Build quality is astounding at this price point. Blackwood fingerboard is sweet. Looks like ebony with a more open grain. The skunkstripe looks like blackwood instead of the specced roseacer. Looks very nice. Fit and finish is excellent. I give the setup an A-. Neck relief and intonation are spot on. Had to raise string height on the A string just a little. Then there is the sound. Think lower register of a Steinway concert grand piano. That's what I like!!!!! Only con is poor quality volume pots, Since I play with everything wide open on the bass this really isn't an issue for Me. Can't wait to take it to rehearsal and try it through My gig Rig. Cheers! ( Okay did that, Bass has ballz. Good clarity from low B to high E. This is a very gigworthy instrument.)
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killer five string
Djangolino, 01.08.2019
I have been playing since late 80's, had lots of gear, had five string yamaha, couple of Squiers and have tried the bunch of expensive stuff. Out of the box everything perfect , bass looks nust gordous with olimpic white and tortoise pickguard. Setup, intonation, everything flawless. Neck is comfy and with satin finish, straight as an arrow , matching headstock (nice touch) with decent tuning pegs, frets are big and fretwork just perfect, like on much expencier guitars, the fingerboard is the best thing, since it is a maple that has been torched so it is very punchy and clear, great for slap. Roswell pickups are nice sounding with classic p+j winner combination. You can dial any sound you like, in a second. This bass is far beyound my expectations for this price, everything is simply flawless! Thank you Thomann !!!
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Extremely hard to fault
Madjon, 22.08.2017
I've been playing nearly 30 years, in the last 5 years i've dabbled with a 6 string ibanez and hated it, a yamaha 5 string and hated it but have always wanted a 5 string to play those few tracks requiring a low d or below without having to detune a 4. This was a last hope and having also purchased earlier in the year a harley jazz bass, which is outstanding, thought i'd give this a go.

Its astounding, playability, set up, tone, action low, no buzz at all.

Its tone with both pups up is a little musicman esq, the jazz pup is nice and honkey as it should be and the p nice and fat, tonally really very good.

Finish is really beautiful with perhaps the vintage aging of the neck being a slight tacky let down but thats really being very picky.

Gigged within 3 days, bandmates loved it, tone superb, 3 hours played no complaints.

I could not find anything else in this price that seemed to fit the bill 5 strings, classic looks, basic simple, decent wood and the gamble paid off.

The only other point is the weight, i thought they'd forgot to pack it, its so light compared to my other 4's and previous 5 & 6. Awesome!

I would opt for this over pricier basses, stuff named brands, this is just good honest playabilty and tone, really well done thomann, only dilemma now is do i sell my £1000 instruments.

Outstanding
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