Harley Benton just stealth released a new line of sub $300 (delivered) PJs/JJs on me

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheIronMustache, Apr 19, 2022.

  1. Great value here... Couldn’t risk not getting one so I just submitted my order for the blue 4 string JJ. $274 shipped to US

    All I needed to see was ash body, roasted maple neck and dual action truss rod wheel but full specs for the 4 string below with links for those interested.

    • Deluxe Series
    • electric bass
    • comfort body contour
    • body: ash
    • neck: Canadian roasted maple
    • neck mount: 6xbolt on
    • fingerboard: roasted maple
    • inlays: black dots
    • 24 medium jumbo frets
    • nut: ABS
    • nut width: 40 mm (1.57")
    • scale: 864 mm (34.02")
    • fingerboard radius: 241 mm (9.41")
    • 3-layer pickguard
    • pickups: 2 x Alnico-5 J
    • controls: volume, balance, tone
    • bridge: Wilkinson w/brass saddles
    • hardware finish: chrome
    • tuners: BY-823 diecast
    Harley Benton Launches JJ Basses
    Basses - Harley Benton
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  2. Lit311


    Jul 6, 2016
    Man… honestly… even just for the neck that’s a good deal.
  3. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    These guys have more nice basses under $200 than any other company out there!
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  4. tubatodd


    Oct 31, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    These look like Aria clones but with a different neck. I like it!
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  5. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    Congrats! :bassist:

    Same here, I just stumbled onto these a couple of days ago - had no idea they released this new line.

    Got this one on the way! Should be a great modding platform at the very least. :thumbsup:

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  6. Snert


    Oct 3, 2021
    I'll be interested in hearing your opinion on this as I'm looking at the same bass but the 5.
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  7. Yahboy


    May 21, 2008
    Wow, jazz bass with 24 frets, roasted maple neck, 6 screws bolt on neck, contour neck joint, alnico V pup with active boost mode...... price tag less than USD 300.

    My Bacchus BJB1RSM are Squier CV 60 J bass killer , now this HB jazz bass absolutely a new game changer in specifications at least.

    On 5 string 550P , she has 9.4 fretboard radius which I think she has weak A output if the pickups pole piece are flushed.

    Bacchus BJB1RSM and WJB 5 630rsm has 12 radius on fretboard which has better balance on string to string output on flushed magnet pole piece pup.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2022
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  8. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2022
  9. So it came in yesterday and I got about 30min with it before I had to head out again but I’ll leave my initial bullet points below.

    • Preamp is OK
    • Seems the Preamp is boost only bass/treble though it does have center detents which could be misleading.
    • Treble at 10 is almost unbearably harsh
    • The hum is real. Probably the worst I have had but may be magnified by the preamp.
    • The finish is incredibly well done.
    • Neck is firmly seated very well in the pocket held in place by the 6 bolts.
    • Frets have no sprouting whatsoever. Extremely smooth and well assembled.
    • Neck finish is wonderful to play on.
    • All 24 frets are a breeze to maneuver with the body cut.
    • No unnecessary routing under pickguard so with a few bucks and a pack of blue dye (in my case) I can stain the pickguard screw holes and easily just leave the guard off.
    • Tuners are not bad. What you would expect.
    • String spacing is a slight bit wider than a traditional J which I am really fond of in this case.
    • Control cavity cover shielded very well and has plenty of room for modding.
    • Slide in battery compartment
    • Feels very solid in hand and seems like it could take a beating.
    The quick verdict is that while if blended 50/50 with the preamp completely disengaged it actually sounds quite nice, I would plan on a full replacement. I am throwing in a set of emgs, a BTC and an abcx. (Thanks for the control cavity and battery box HB - have already checked the EMG J Set and it is a perfect fit.) Other than the Electronics this thing is absolutely stellar for the price and even with the bass, shipping, pickups, preamp, active blend and a new set of strings I am into it for less than one of the new CVs… And it will be running circles around them.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2022
  10. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I'm probably getting the P/J version of this some time this summer. I don't need another P/J but these features are too nice.
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  11. Snert


    Oct 3, 2021
    Good initial review. It'll be interesting to see how much, if anything changes with more playing time.

    Thank you Lord.
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  12. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    Well, heck I might just get the J/J, take the guard off, go passive and throw some Ultra Jazzes in there!
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  13. Snert


    Oct 3, 2021
    I was thinking EMGs and one of my own active preamps myself.
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  15. Snert


    Oct 3, 2021
    That neck pickup rout is unfortunate. Maybe a white and make a white single ply PG for it.

    Edit: or just rout both out to an EMG 40 or 45.
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    It actually bothers me less the more I see it. At least it’s even with no cnc guide. It’s the unstained screw holes that get me the most. Gotta get the dye in here asap.

    Half the battle I have with Js is the damn control cavity space and the inability to run without a guard. This guy actually checks quite a few boxes
  17. Snert


    Oct 3, 2021
    I'm with you on that. I have a great disregard for PGs and control plates. They make about as much sense to me as putting fake woody panels on a new Camaro.
    It will be interesting to see how invisible the PG screw holes become post dye.

  18. Spoken like a true champion. That’s the exact reason I got that Pro Mod San Dimas that it’s hanging next to in one of the photos. Immediately ripped all the electronics out upon delivery and made it a ripper. I mean plus that toxic metallic green is just so loud lol.

    The plan for the screw holes is something I have done in the past with success. I’ll actually dye wood shavings/saw dust and then pack the holes in layers alternating between that and an epoxy resin syringe. Once it’s cured i can use a hard rubber eraser or steel wool to take the shine off to match the satin of the finish.
  19. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    That J neck route looks a lot like the P route in my HB enhanced MM/P:

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    Nice to see that whether they're made in Indonesia or China they're being consistent.
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  20. Snert


    Oct 3, 2021
    I love the colour too. I had a car like that once.

    I was thinking something similar.

    BTW, how is the weight, and what does the neck feel like? Where on the spectrum from Ibanez SR to half a baseball bat is it approx?
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