Harley Benton RB-414CS Classic Series

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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 (1.72")
  • Body and neck binding
  • Double-Action truss rod
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickup: Artec Mini humbucker (neck) and single coil (bridge)
  • 3-Way pickup switch
  • 2 Volume controls and 2 tone controls
  • Chrome hardware
  • DLX machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: .040 - .100 (suitable replacement strings: Article no. 175630)
  • Colour: Cherry Sunburst
  • Suitable case: Article no. 122214 (not included)
available since December 2019
Item number 467070
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Cherry Sunburst
Soundboard Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 22
Scale Long Scale
Pickups SH
Elektronic Passive
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A NICE Solid R Style Bass!
DMS Productions 21.01.2022
Wow what a stunning looking, and nice sounding bass!
Build quality itself is excellent! Flawlessly finished! Front and back!

Pickups work well and sound pretty good! There is a fair bit of disparity between them, but they aren't crappy. DOES it sound like a 'Ric'? Not very, but it's kinda there. It's not a slavish copy by any means!

The bridge pick up is quite bright but scooped sounding, but it's nice & punchy!
The neck THUDS! Serious low frequencies put out by it, however I think it is a bit too 'dark' sounding! But if you WANT thump and low end rumble, its got it in spades!

Now, the rub! The nut on mine, is prefectly cut to the right height, NO probs there. Tuners work well! Frets are nicely installed.

The BRIDGE assembly, while nice & solid & high mass, does NOT allow for enough lowering of the playing action! The neck pitch is too shallow! While it IS back angled, it is slight! * NOTE TO THOMANN: Do a redesign of the neck pocket to increace the neck pitch a few more degrees! *

To overcome this, I will have to GRIND down at least 2mm off the bottom of each saddle, + the groove on the rollers that sit on top to lower the bridge by at least 3mm! I have screwed the plate & grub screws all the way down, & while it did help, it is still too high for really comfortable playing! A bit disapointed about that aspect!

The bridge design itself is pretty good otherwise! It's good and solid! What you NEED for good energy transfer from the strings to the body!

AFTER I get the saddle blocks and rollers lowered, only THEN can I determine IF any frets also need levelling after!

KEEP this in mind if you are thinking of purchasing this bass.If you LIKE a really low action, you will NOT get this out of the box!

Sorry HB, while a beautiful bass, this model is a bit hit & miss!
Cheers!
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Some Annoyances But A Worthy Bass Otherwise
Eldrethor 21.06.2020
I have a love-hate relationship with this guitar.

I love the design, as it is very clearly inspired by a certain other guitar. Compared to the stylized aesthetic of its source of inspiration, the subdued headstock and more symmetric body shape give it a more grounded vibe that I prefer. The dark color of the neck and headstock provide a nice contrast to the body's bright sunburst, white pickguard, and shiny chrome bridge. Granted, my sunburst is more of an orange-golden-tobacco than the depicted orange-cherry-red but I love it all the same. As a whole, this charming instrument looks like it came straight out of the 1960's.

The bass needed a setup on arrival, but after a few adjustments, it was very playable. As its description promises, the combination of a mini-humbucker and a single-coil pickup allows it to produce a diverse range of sounds, from growly, trebly highs to warm, punchy lows. My only gripe is that the pickup cover was a nuisance that I quickly removed, but aside from that, it's wonderfully versatile.

My problem with this bass is that the manufacturer's lack of quality control gives this thing an unpolished feel. The pickguard felt a bit rough around the edges, and there were flecks of white plastic where it was cut. The black outlines that run along the binding sloppily fades as it runs along the edges of the body, and there is a natural dark mark in the wood on the front that I'm not too fond of; could they not have used a different cut of wood? There was also a rough texture in the finish on one side of the neck where it meets the body, in addition to slight traces of what looked like white glop on the edges of one or two frets. I really wish that the factory did more to address these before they were shipped out.

The bridge is another issue as well, which has a proprietary design that echoes the guitar it's inspired by, but it's done to a fault. The bridge includes two knurled head screws that serve no actual purpose, and actually gets in the way of the E and G saddles. Replacement parts are also not easy to come by, should you lose any part of those tiny two-piece saddles. For all of its faults though, it's not horrible; in fact, it feels sturdy, the saddle slots are cut to match the fretboard radius, and it does look the part. Maybe this is a good thing because since it's shaped to this bass's 34" (864 mm) scale, it's also impossible to find an aftermarket bridge that doesn't compromise the aesthetic, and even if I were to get a different shape, there's still the matter of patching up the two screw holes that hold the stock bridge in place.

Despite its cons, the pros outweigh them enough for me to recommend it. For the price, you are getting an excellent bass that plays well, sounds good, looks good, and has decent hardware. I really wish the factory had done a little more work to polish out rough spots, but aside from that, it's an excellent instrument.
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Great bass, be ready to do a bit of work on it though
Hapsh 30.06.2022
It’s a beautiful bass, with really great tone right out of the box. Pretty decent setup for the most part. I however got a bit unlucky and got one with not the greatest fret leveling. I like my action pretty low, and I can’t get there due to 5 high frets especially on the E string. No problem for me as I will just do a fret leveling and re-crown. On a bass this price I expected something like this. Just be aware if you don’t have the skills to do this, you might have to pay someone to do it for you. It’s worth it to me since it’s a real looker. The finish and edge binding is wonderful, and no sharp fret edges. The sound is very good, especially the neck pickup, huge and ballsy. One last thing of note is that the electronics are a bit of a mystery. There are some strange oddities with how the pickups work together with volume and tone controls. I have to open her up and check out what is going on. However I get a great Geddy tone with both tones up full and the bridge pickup rolled off slightly and the neck full.
Update: I determined why the Rick tone is not quite there. The pickup placement is off a few cm from the Rick as they are both moved towards the bridge. The bridge pickup is approx 1.1cm closer to the bridge, and the neck pickup is 2 cm closer to the bridge. Not only that the more important thing is that the stock Rick pickup spacing of 11.2cm, but on this bass it’s narrower, at 10.2cm. I fixed this by converting the humbucker pickup to single coil using the coil closest to the neck, now the spacing is correct at 11.2cm, much improving the tone and thump by getting the phase of the pickups right on.
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Seriously impressed
MGRA 21.03.2022
This is a very nice bass! It really sounds close to the classic model it was inspired from. With a few effects (a little bit of drive and a fast tremolo), it feels like a Chris Squire tone.
I found 2 minor inconveniences, that might just be on my particular unit:
-There is a bit more ground hum than other basses with the same amp rig.
-There is a small notch on the top of the neck, at the 19th fret. It's hard to see but can be felt with a finger, but this is not a place where you would put your fingers anyway.
Otherwise, the neck is very well adjusted out of the box and frets are well cut / filed, no issue there.
Overall, I'm very happy
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