Looking at getting one, my list of songs I want to learn that use a 5 string is getting longer. I am looking at the Harley Benton Marquess 5 with blue stain. There is a bundle package that comes with that Bass and a Thomann gig bag for $222. Is the Harley Benton a good choice for a first 5 string?
It looks good. It should work just fine.
I have the Harley Benton JJ-55OP and it’s a superfun bass. Quite amazing actually, considering the price tag!
I’m really loving my 5 string bass and looking for my second. Super useful tool and fun to play as well without being cumbersome like a 6 string.
So the quality and sound are good?
For the price, yes.
It should be. I always assume that lower priced items vary in quality but those have a good reputation. Assume a little bit of setup and put a better set of strings on it if it’s in the budget. And play the cr@p out of it!! It doesn’t matter how much it cost if you don’t play it.
Got mine from Thomann and it was set up quite well. But, yes, put a set of DR Pure Blues on it and it just sings
I got a HB p bass from Thoman, and the quality was poor. The bridge was horrible making it impossible to intonate or lower the string action. Needed to replace the bridge to do a setup.
5 strings rule!
I have seen very few, if any, complaints about Harley Benton.
The one I had was great for the price too.
@joergkutter - dang yours looks very nice
“Heavy but an unbelievable bargain” seems to be the norm.
It’s a great bargain if you get free shipping the HB Stratocaster I ordered, I paid $60-70 shipping, took 3 months to arrive(back ordered) back in April 2020, it’s still wrapped in the box unopened, lol.
I tried their p bass and there’s some rattled on a couple of the frets. That’s definitely the big thing for beginners. Most can dress the frets, perform some setup, neck relieve but fret leveling usually requires some experience.
That was a stock pic; but here is mine where I removed the pickguard.
Someone on TB joked that I would never be able to screw it back on as the body was made of compressed sawdust
The 6 string I used to own from H-B - yes, absolutely; had its own gravity field.
This 5-string - not really. I don’t have the weight at hand, but it feels not any heavier than most of my other basses; not heavier than the Yamaha for sure
I have 4 Harley Bentons, 2 of which are 5 strings, and I absolutely love them. To me, their quality is way above their price point. Now, I like their 4 strings better, but that’s just because I prefer 4 strings in general. But the JP-550P I have is fantastic. It looks amazing, sounds great, and was less than $200. It came tightly packaged, too. One of the tuners seems a little bit loose, but nothing to really complain about. Definitely recommend. (But yes, they’re on the heavy side.)
Everywhere I go Harley Benton instruments seem to be well-regarded. I don’t think it will do you wrong.
I think you will also appreciate the 35" scale on that low B0, too (As a 5-string main player I definitely do…)
This was under the tree Christmas morning. Played around on it for about an hour total now, really like it but muscle memory from a 4 to 5 string might take me a minute or two to get comfortable. Hopefully when I go back to a four string the reacclimation will be quick and easy. Probably will need a setup, action seems kind of high, I lowered the bridge a tiny bit myself. I’ll see if that makes a difference. Hope everyone had a great holiday.
That’s really pretty!
5 isn’t that hard to get used to, spend some days on just it, redo some B2B lessons, will be fine.
The trick on a 5er is muting of the B string is all
I’m guessing a Hipshot drop D tuner won’t work on this one.
Five string question: is the low B string supposed to be floppy? The Bass is in tune but the B string just feels really loose. That normal for that fat a string tuned that low?