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NBD-Harley Benton PB-20 Satin Black

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PRS-Man23, Dec 17, 2019.

  1. PRS-Man23

    PRS-Man23 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2014
    Boston, MA
    So I had been thinking about buying a Harley Benton for some time now, and finally ordered this new variant of the PB-20. This is their lower tier model, with a new Satin Black finish. All black hardware, with a Tort guard.

    I figured for $115 shipped to my door from Germany, it was worth a shot. Worst case I could get it in decent playing shape and give it to my nephew.

    I have to say, I am shocked by the overall quality of this bass...For $85 (+ $30 Shipping to the States) this is a hell of a bargain.

    I cannot find any finish issues, other than some minor residue here and there. No scratches, dings, gouges etc..

    Took it out of the box, spent less than a minute tuning it up and off I went. Plays great, neck is chunky but feels very comfortable. Zero sharp fret edges, intonated shockingly well....I didn’t have time to do any adjustments, but the action is pretty low and plays great.

    My only “negatives” if I have to find any, would be the pickup & the bit of neck dive.
    By no means are these glaring issues, just want to be honest in my assessment of the bass. I do plan on changing the pickup & possibly re-wiring the electronics, but again....I am very impressed overall!
    Shipping was less than 10 days to my Door, during the holiday season! Figured I wouldn’t get it before Christmas, but was pleasantly surprised when it showed up yesterday. Here are a few quick pics!
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    cratz2, Dec1975, outoftune and 25 others like this.
  2. subdude67


    Jan 18, 2010
    Welcome to the wonderful world of HB! Nice looking bass indeed:thumbsup:
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  3. S.F.Sorrow


    Dec 6, 2014
    Wow, I gotta say that one looks about a million times better than the PB-20 they shipped me. It was a trainwreck and had the worst setup I've ever seen in a bass. EVER! Even after extensive work + replacing a couple of parts it's still not a very good instrument. I actually decided against giving it to a charity because it would feel like dumping garbage at them. In hindsight I should probably have returned it to Thomann for a refund but I figured it was a nice chance to practise my somewhat rusty re-fretting skills.

    But yours look great! If it plays and sounds ok too you've got yourself a bargain, congrats!!!
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  4. PRS-Man23

    PRS-Man23 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2014
    Boston, MA
    Man, that bums me out! Here I am praising the instrument and you went through hell.
    It’s so hit or miss with these low end guitars, some are gems & some are exactly what you pay for. Guess it’s luck of the draw. Sorry to hear about your experience, but it’s important for all of us to chime in. 1 good review doesn’t make the company, nor does 1 bad review. We had the same bass with completely different results...
    It really is a Gamble with this sort of thing.
    line6bassist and S.F.Sorrow like this.
  5. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    Amazingly nice! Whatta deal!
  6. twc1313

    twc1313 Practice is the cure for GAS...or so I've heard.

    Oct 28, 2013
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    That is the most beautiful bass I've seen. I also have had a few HB's and think they are great quality and tone, esp for the price. Just checked, this matte black beauty is out of stock for 8 weeks.....gaaahhhhhhh.
  7. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    The finish and PG make it worth twice what you paid. What’s the weight?
  8. PRS-Man23

    PRS-Man23 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2014
    Boston, MA
    Thanks! Yeah I just happened to be looking at new Harley Benton stock about 2 weeks ago and spotted this bass. Couldn’t resist at that price....
    As for weight, I haven’t got an exact weight yet but it feels no more than 8.5 lbs to me. The body is super light, neck has more weight to it, but the neck dive isn’t terrible.
  9. PRS-Man23

    PRS-Man23 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2014
    Boston, MA
    I’m taking it to rehearsals tonight, see how it holds up in a live band mix...
    Here’s a Few more pics!


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  10. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    That's a good looking bass!
  11. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
  12. MotorCityMinion


    Jun 15, 2017
    The fret ends look decent as well as the paint where the fret board meets the neck. Time consuming details. Some body in china is getting chewed out for this one.
    PRS-Man23 likes this.
  13. Congrats! With that black finish, it looks like it wants a Geezer Butler EMG dropped in there.
  14. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    That’s a good looking bass!!!
    lowdownthump and PRS-Man23 like this.
  15. tradryan


    Sep 11, 2014
    Wow! Amazing looking bass! Love the matte and tort!
    lowdownthump likes this.
  16. Kreepaul


    Apr 10, 2019
    Bought one three weeks ago, swapped the pickup with EMG PAX (installation was a breeze, and there is enough space to fit the battery), changed the pickguard with a black one, mount DR Black Beauties.
    And it sounds killer.
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  17. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    that ax looks perfect to me --- a real 'killer' look! if it plays half as good as it looks = you win! congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
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  18. Kreepaul


    Apr 10, 2019
    Here's pictures of mine, finally I got the knobs for EMG pots, original doesn't fit.
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    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Nice bass! More string wraps around the posts would be beneficial.
    pipaberg and Kreepaul like this.
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