Wikipedia: Harley Benton guitars are manufactured by the Saein Musical Instrument Co., Ltd., a South Korean OEM vendor who, in 1991, successfully launched an independent factory in Gaomi, China. Saein also manufactures its own brand of guitars, Shine, and also manufacturers guitars for Ibanez, Epiphone, and Peavey. Now read on...
As hinted at in my NBD - Harley Benton PB-50 thread (here), I've made a few alterations and upgrades to the stock bass. I've never shaped a headstock, tinted a maple neck or applied a decal before - which I'm sure will become apparent when you examine the pics - but it's all a jolly learning curve and I'm sure the next attempt will be an improvement...
Modifications from stock Harley Benton PB-50:
Wilkinson brass saddle bridge fitted
Headstock reshaped to Telebass-type
Neck tinted with amber/dark yellow/clear nitro
Pickguard sprayed gold (then white)
La Bella 760FS flatwound strings fitted
That's about it, really. Costs were as follows:
£085.00 - Harley Benton PB-50 SB Bass (inc VAT & Delivery)
£012.00 - Amber Tint Nitro
£012.00 - Dark Yellow Tint Nitro
£009.00 - Clear Nitro
£009.00 - Gold Paint for Pickguard
£010:00 - Fender 50s Decal
£012.50 - Wilkinson Brass-Saddle Bridge
£000.00 - La Bella 760FS Flatwounds
£148.50 - Total
I would have preferred vintage-reverse tuners for the look of it and possibly an SD SCSBP pup for the sound of it, but the stock Wilkinson SC pup seems to be fine, it does the fast-attack, fast-decay thumpy thing as well as you could expect, especially with the La Bellas fitted (which I already had). And the new tuners and pup would have instantly doubled the cost!
In fact, if you want a good 50s-type Precision and don't mind rocking the HB headstock shape and decal (i.e. you're not shallow, like me) then you could simply buy the bass and fit some La Bella flats. These strings make a really huge improvement to the sound and playability of the HB. Everything else is fluff, really.
The 57-type colour scheme, i.e. burst, gold guard and maple neck would never have been seen on a 54-type bass of course, but I like it, so there it is. The bass plays really well and sounds good anyway, but like I say it's the La Bellas that really make it. What does that tell you..? I'll get an audio file up later.
Edited by discreet, 02 April 2016 - 12:47 PM.