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I own a Harley Benton club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JACink, Dec 26, 2014.


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  1. jacoby75

    jacoby75

    Mar 11, 2010
    Coldwater, MI
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Guitars, DR Strings
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    International shipping . . . bass sitting in customs limbo . . . ugh!
     
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  2. ROGI

    ROGI

    Apr 25, 2005
    Croatia, Europe
    great to see this thread is alive and kicking. anyway, i can't seem to find the time to do a video review. I've started but was interupted 3 times :(
     
  3. Erik Asma

    Erik Asma

    Jul 20, 2019
    Netherlands
    Here's another Harley. My PB 50. That rough patch top left is under the pick guard. and the droplet under the pick-up ashtray, I'll sand it down anyway.
    Made a new guard already. It'll look nice with the creme and chrome trimmings. IMG_20191203_141921.jpg IMG_20191203_142425.jpg
     
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  4. nerkoids

    nerkoids

    Jan 3, 2014
    Montreal
    That's going to be a killer looking PB-50
     
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  5. Erik Asma

    Erik Asma

    Jul 20, 2019
    Netherlands
    Thnx. Yes.
    Cool thing about these cheap Harley Benton basses is.
    They're quite good as the come already. But they're an insanely good platform for upgrading.
    That nice thick poly finish is the perfect primer.

    Clean it, hit it with automotive and you're off.

    Learned a neat trick.
    Prime with black for light colours and white for dark.
    Never realised, but if you find wobbly spots in your paint and sand those out the contrast makes it real easy to see if they're gone.
    Obviously I'm not good at painting yet.
     
  6. subdude67

    subdude67

    Jan 18, 2010
    Kenya
    You didn't even sand it?
     
  7. Erik Asma

    Erik Asma

    Jul 20, 2019
    Netherlands
    No, Just opened it up with thinner. First alcohol to take grease off, then thinner.

    Automotive primer is designed to grab on steel en filler that have been sanded as smooth as the smoothest thing you've ever touched.

    I know there are some that feel the sound is dramatically altered by using these paints.
    But I just placed the secret weapon to tackle this phenomenon.

    Instant mojo with this decal. IMG_20191203_164337.jpg
     
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  8. So the paint penetrates the poly finish and alters the sound ???

    Who are these idiots :D
     
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  9. subdude67

    subdude67

    Jan 18, 2010
    Kenya
    This is good to hear and it makes total sense what you say about the prepped surface befor spraying a car. So good tidings for my upcoming refin. I am considering white because I am looking for a brighter sound.

    Nice logo:thumbsup:
     
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  10. Erik Asma

    Erik Asma

    Jul 20, 2019
    Netherlands
    Here we are. Decal went sour. Those, even if they say so, do not stick to wood. Next one is glosscoat first, then decal, then setting fluid I use for my models, then topcoat.

    Still needs more work, but inpatient as I am I had to put it together.
    Looks very nice. IMG_20191204_141904.jpg IMG_20191204_141912.jpg
     
  11. jacoby75

    jacoby75

    Mar 11, 2010
    Coldwater, MI
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Guitars, DR Strings
    Dang. That's sexy.
     
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  12. Gothic

    Gothic

    Apr 13, 2008
    Greece
    @Erik Asma are those chromes? Nice looking bass!
     
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  13. boristhespider7

    boristhespider7

    Jan 27, 2008
    UK
    Any of you PB50 owners modded one into a 70's tele bass ie. with the "mudbucker" pickup by the neck? Like one of these...
    Fender Squier VM precision bass tb 2.jpg
     
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  14. It's do-able but you can't use stock parts. PB-50's are narrower across the horns so the scratchplate overhangs. Also the pickup rout is partially exposed.

    Good news is the 2 saddle bridge swap is easy.The middle screw holes match.
     
  15. boristhespider7

    boristhespider7

    Jan 27, 2008
    UK
    Cheers Kodiakblair, that's really useful to know. It sounds like this is something you've already considered?
    Do you know by how much the pick up rout is exposed? Just wondering if a custom pickguard that just covers the pick up route will look out of place or still have a passable vintage look to it
     
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  16. I'll get a photo up. As you can see there's some freehand work needing done to make it look right.
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  17. boristhespider7

    boristhespider7

    Jan 27, 2008
    UK
    You're a star! That's pretty close. Custom pickguard job should cover that and not be too noticeable. Could get one made matching the same screwholes too...could be completely reversible: 70's mudbucker or 51 single coil
     
  18. Erik Asma

    Erik Asma

    Jul 20, 2019
    Netherlands
    Yes, well spotted. Those sound very well on this one.
    And thnx.
     
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  19. Erik Asma

    Erik Asma

    Jul 20, 2019
    Netherlands
    Here's the body without all the stuff. You can see the rout. IMG_20191203_141921.jpg
     
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  20. The points needing addressed are

    1:the two horns,need to be slimmer
    2:the sweep running down to the pickup. Needs to be over to the left and longer.
    3:There's a slight chance the control cavity will protrude,again left hand area.
     
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