Harley Benton RB414 vs Squier Classic Vibe Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tommy1990, Nov 28, 2022.

  1. tommy1990

    tommy1990

    Nov 28, 2022
    Hi everyone,

    I'm trying to decide between a Harley Benton RB414 vs Squier Classic Vibe Bass... does anyone have any particular Squier CV models they'd recommend over the HB RB414?
     
  2. bpc

    bpc

    Mar 29, 2016
    Central Scotland
    Apples and oranges. An RB414 is very different from a FSO. I don't believe there is Squier that would be in any comparable to an RB414, other than having 4 strings.
     
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  3. tommy1990

    tommy1990

    Nov 28, 2022
    Yeah good point they are very different styles of bass... what about in terms of value? the RB414 seems to be really good value and the classic vibes seem to be a mixed bag?
     
  4. bpc

    bpc

    Mar 29, 2016
    Central Scotland
    For me the RB414 is by far the better value. I love mine. A better comparison to a squier would be one of these.

    https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_jb_20_ca_standard_series.htm

    https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hbp120bk_ebass.htm

    https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hot_rod_bass.htm

    https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_pb_50_fr_vintage_series.htm

    https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_pb_20_sbk_standard_series.htm

    Or even these

    https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_jj_45op_sunburst.htm

    https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_jb_62cc_lpb.htm

    https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_mv_4jb_gotoh_sp.htm

    The first group would be at least comparable to affinities and the second group would be as good or better than the CVs

    There are many other colours and variants of these, the above are just some examples any one of which would be comparable to a squier and represent much better value.

    In my opinion, of course.

    You could have a look over here:-

    https://www.talkbass.com/threads/i-own-a-harley-benton-club.1123735/page-669

    Where you'll find lots of opinions from people who own all of these and some who have directly compared them to Squiers and you could ask specific questions about particular models and someone is bound to be able answer your questions.

    I only have the models available in lefty so many of the higher end ones are unavailable to me.
     
  5. tommy1990

    tommy1990

    Nov 28, 2022
    Wow! thank you so much for the examples, I'll definitely take a look at those and really interested to dive into the value differences more between the HB's & Squier's. I'm interested in the higher end ones too if they blow the CV value out of the water, thanks again!