Harley Benton RB-414BK Classic Series

Electric bass

  • Classic series
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Glued neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Nut width: 43.6 mm
  • Body and neck binding
  • Double-action truss-rod
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickups: Artec Mini humbucker (neck) and single coil (bridge)
  • 3-Way pickup selector switch
  • 2 Volume and 2 tone controls
  • Chrome hardware
  • DLX machine heads
  • String gauges: .040 - .100 (suitable replacement strings: Art.175630)
  • Colour: Black
  • Suitable case: Article Nr. 122214 (not included)
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Colour Black
Soundboard Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 22
Scale Long Scale
Pickups SH
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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Good value for money for this style of bass
Howard, 04.04.2020
Use – mostly for personal pleasure, but will be used for an occasional gig. My usual amp is an Ampeg Portaflex 500 through 2 4x10 Kustom cabs. Also sounds good with a Behringer 300w head.
Summary – Good value for money for this style of bass. I like this, already playing it a lot. Looks the part and sounds good. It is very reminiscent of a certain US manufacturer’s classic basses, one of which I used to own.
General - I have not had happy experiences with HB basses, which unlike HB guitars have often in the past been poorly made and sound terrible. This though is somewhat different, looks great, seems well made enough, but still far short of being beyond criticism. It does have that RB like growl – the neck pickup is a thing of beauty. It also has a very nice thin neck profile with a more traditional wide fretboard – a very different playing experience compared to more modern neck profiles and widths. The polar opposite of a jazz bass.
Pros – plays very well. Intonation and neck relief were perfect out of the box, and action height suited me too, so nothing to adjust. As it has acclimatised to my house I have had to make a small adjustment to the neck. The tuners seem fine. The growl and mids from the neck pickup are IMO what I am looking for in a bass of this style. The neck and body binding are really nice to have, and on the neck helps with the slick playing experience. The bridge pickup saddle makes a perfect wrist rest for a bit of slap bass.
Cons – a few minor finishing issues, some chrome missing from one of the bridge saddles, the odd bit of not quite tidy finishing, a few sharp fret edges at the dusty end. No fret buzz, but a lot of buzzing from somewhere around the pickups from any G (+/- one or two frets) played anywhere; this is a sympathetic mechanical buzz and you can’t hear it through an amp. The bridge pickup is set far too far from the strings, and the height adjuster screws are also what hold the chrome cover on. As these are screwed with springs over them into a plastic plate underneath the pickup the whole assembly is prone to moving. I re-engineered the setup to get the pickup higher and the saddle solidly mounted, which unsurprisingly has also eliminated the buzz I mentioned earlier. I’d rather have a higher output, but that’s what the gain control on the amplifier is for. It did arrive with the bridge pickup saddle badly bent – I am not a fan of Thomann’s new paper packaging, it definitely does not work as well as the blown plastic packaging did.
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Great bass guitar (n.b. I'm a noob)
zorglub76, 31.07.2020
First of all, about my skills, to put things into context - I'm a 2/10 bass player and a 4/10 guitar player.
Now I can say: WOW, what a great bass!!

I was worried that it would have just that growling tone. I wanted good fat tone, and also a nice slap tone along with the growly one. Turns out - it has it all! Unlike the guitar, where I never touch tone knobs, this thing can produce a wide range of sounds just by using them and the pickup switch.

I'm using the bass for home recording. I don't have bass amp, and I probably won't get one. I've connected it to a mixer and then into HiFi, and the sound is great.

The finish is great too. I bought it for the looks. There are two minor flaws, and it took me 4 days to notice them. Fret ends are very nice (actually covered by that white plastic line, so I guess it will be a mess if you try to refret the neck, but why would you do it...). Unlike my new twice more expensive Squier strat that has a neck like a chainsaw.. I love it.
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A very singular bass
Al H, 16.02.2020
There is in music a very specific sound that can be difficult to recreate with a lot of bass instruments.The RB-414 does it with ease.
I own a number of HB guitars and basses and have to admit to being a fan of the brand.Build level is always very high, value for money is outstanding and the playability/sound production is more than you would expect.
I've been a musician for a very long time and over the years there have been expensive planks from some sources a pleasant surprises from others. This bass is a very pleasant surprise, try it you'll like it
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Colour: Black
Harley Benton RB-414BK Classic Series
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Harley Benton RB-414BK Classic Series

Electric bass Classic series, Body: Mahogany, Glued neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Amaranth, Dot fretboard inlays, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Scale: 864 mm, Nut width: 43.6 mm, Body and neck binding,...

  • Colour: Black
  • Soundboard: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: Long Scale
  • Pickups: SH
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Harley Benton RB-414CS Classic Series
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Harley Benton RB-414CS Classic Series

Electric Bass Classic series, Body: Mahogany, Set-in neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Amaranth, Fretboard inlays: Dots, Fretboard radius: 350 mm (13.78"), Scale: 864 mm (34.02"), Nut width: 43.6 mm...

  • Colour: Cherry Sunburst
  • Soundboard: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: Long Scale
  • Pickups: SH
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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  • Neck: Maple
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  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: Long Scale
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  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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