Left Handed Harley Benton Bass Guitars 2021 – 8 Affordable Lefty Bass Guitars

Left Handed Harley Benton Bass Guitars - Body of a Harley Benton JB-75LH
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Last Updated on August 19, 2021 by Chris

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Harley Benton has really made a name for itself over the years. In the beginning, reviews of the brand fell quite short of spectacular, and their reputation was that they were just another company that made cheap, beginner instruments of varying quality. Some were pretty good and some were terrible.

Ever since those early days, Musikhaus Thomann, who owns the brand, has strived to improve on quality while keeping their costs low and offering musicians recreations of many classic and contemporary designs.

Nowadays, Harley Benton are a very well-respected brand, getting huge numbers of positive reviews from almost everyone who plays them. Many are quite surprised at how good they are, given how little they cost to buy.

Who Are Harley Benton?

Image of someone playing a Harley Benton bass guitar.

Musikhaus Thomann, the world’s largest musical instruments mail-order company is based in Treppendorf, Bavaria, Germany. They sell pretty much everything related to making music; guitars, amps, digital pianos, studio software, stage lighting, and many others. Harley Benton is Thomann’s own brand of musical instruments and equipment, started by Hans Thomann in 1997.

Harley Benton products are made by a number of well-known manufacturers, who make equipment for many other famous brands. Thomann import these products directly, and as a result, they can sell these instruments under the Harley Benton brand at very low prices.

What Do I Think of Harley Benton?

I love the fact that Harley Benton offers left handed musicians a wide variety of guitars and basses. There are eight different models in the 2021 left handed Harley Benton bass guitar range, the majority of which are inspired by iconic designs from rock history, as well as a couple modern specced instruments for today’s progressive players.

Over the last few years, Harley Benton has done everything they can to improve on and maintain their quality levels and at the same time, keeping costs so low. As a result, they’re fantastic for beginner and intermediate players, and also a solid base for any mod/upgrade project.

In terms of quality and finish they obviously won’t compare to standards of craftmanship of custom shop models and other high-end instrumants! For the money though, they’re pretty unbeatable from a bang-for-buck point of view.

These Harley Benton bass guitars aren’t perfect though; most of them cost less than $200, so it’s hard to expect top-notch quality from such inexpensive instruments.

Pros and Cons of Buying a Harley Benton Bass

A Harley Benton JB-75 with a natural finish. In the foreground of the image are three out-of-focus guitars

Here’s a list of pros and cons when thinking about buying a left handed Harley Benton bass guitar.

Pros:

  • Some of the cheapest bass guitars available.
  • Thomann have a generous 3-year warranty.
  • Thomann also have a decent 30-day money-back guarantee, no questions asked policy.
  • You can buy as many products from Thomann as you like up to 31kg (or 68lbs), and shipping is free to the UK if you spend over ¬£135. Shipping is also free to other parts of Europe (if you spend over a certain amount). Check Thomann’s website for details.
  • Shipping to the United States is only US$30, again for as many items as you like under 31kg (or 68lbs).
  • Great base for modding and upgrading.
  • Generally speaking, basses are set up well and play nicely out of the box.
  • Most reviews report straight necks and level frets and no sharp fret ends.
  • Basses are generally reported to have a nice finish, with some being excellent.
  • Many say they have good quality hardware, such as the Wilkinson bridges.
  • Bassists generally like the quality of materials, such as wood types and electronics.

Cons:

  • Thomann is an online store, so you can’t try before you buy unless you visit their store in Germany.
  • If buying outside of the EU, you may have to pay customs duty.
  • While many say their basses play very well straight out of the box, some found that they weren’t fully set up properly, and had to make minor adjustments.
  • Some say the Thomann returns policy is good but can be slow, so if you need a replacement, you may not get it straight away.
  • Some say the pickups are adequate, but nothing special.
  • Some players reported uneven finishes or even dings and scratches out of the box.
  • Doesn’t necessarily have the prestige of some other more expensive brands.
  • Some players say that the quality of the tuners can be inconsistent.
  • Quality control on some earlier models may not be so good as there have been some poor reviews for those compared to the more recent models.
  • Resale value is very low, as they are super cheap bass guitars in the first place.

So today, let’s have a look at the current range of left handed Harley Benton bass guitars.

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Left Handed Harley Benton Bass Guitars

Right now, in the 2021 range, there are eight different left handed Harley Benton basses. Check ’em out below!

JB-75LH – Vintage Series

Left handed Harley Benton bass guitars - two JB-75 models in 3-tone sunburst and natural finishes

This bass is based on the classic Fender Jazz Bass. Available in two different finishes; sunburst and natural, both versions feature an American ash body with a 20 fret maple fretboard and maple neck.

For pickups, we have two Roswell JBA AlNiCo 5 Vintage JB-Style single coils which help recreate those authentic Jazz Bass tones.

  • SCALE: 864mm
  • BODY: American Ash
  • BODY FINISH: High Gloss 3-Tone Sunburst, High Gloss Natural
  • NECK: Bolt-On Canadian Maple with Double Action Truss Rod and Roseacer Skunk Stripe
  • NECK PROFILE: C
  • FINGERBOARD: Maple
  • NUT WIDTH: 38 mm
  • FRETS: 20
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Deluxe Chrome
  • TUNERS: Classic PB-style
  • NECK PICKUP: Roswell JBA alnico-5 JB style single coil
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Roswell JBA alnico-5 JB style single coil

PB-Shorty LH – Standard Series

Left handed Harley Benton bass guitars - A black PB-Shorty LH

A short scale version of the classic Fender Precision Bass. This Harley Benton PB-Shorty has a 762mm scale length, as opposed to the usual 864mm.

  • SCALE: 762 mm
  • BODY: Poplar
  • BODY FINISH: High Gloss Black
  • NECK: Bolt-On Maple with Double Action Truss Rod
  • NECK PROFILE: Modern C
  • FINGERBOARD: Amaranth
  • NUT WIDTH: 42 mm
  • FRETS: 19
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome
  • TUNERS: Classic PB-Style machine heads
  • PICKUP: PB style split coil

B-450LH – Progressive Series

Left handed Harley Benton bass guitars - A black B-450LH

As part of Harley Benton’s Progressive series, this left handed bass features two active humbucking pickups, plus a classic tone wood combination of a Canadian maple neck and an alder body.

There’s also a push/pull function on the volume knob to switch between active and passive electronics.

  • SCALE: 864 mm
  • BODY: Alder
  • BODY FINISH: High Gloss Black
  • NECK: Bolt-On Canadian Maple with Double Action Truss Rod
  • NECK PROFILE: Modern D
  • FINGERBOARD: Black Walnut
  • NUT WIDTH: 42 mm
  • FRETS: 24
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Black
  • TUNERS: Die-cast machine heads
  • NECK PICKUP: Humbucker with active preamp
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Humbucker with active preamp

B-550LH – Progressive series

Left handed Harley Benton bass guitars - A black B-550LH

As part of Harley Benton’s Progressive series, this left handed 5 string bass guitar features two active humbucking pickups, plus a classic tone wood combination of a Canadian maple neck and alder body.

  • SCALE: 864 mm
  • BODY: Alder
  • BODY FINISH: High Gloss Black
  • NECK: Bolt-On Canadian Maple with Double Action Truss Rod
  • NECK PROFILE: Modern D
  • FINGERBOARD: Black walnut
  • NUT WIDTH: 45 mm
  • FRETS: 24
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Black
  • TUNERS: Diecast machine heads
  • NECK PICKUP: Humbucker
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Humbucker

PB-20LH – Standard Series

Left handed Harley Benton bass guitars - A black PB-20LH

The Fender Precision Bass is another classic! Here is HB’s version, the PB-20. It’s available in only one color. Yep, you guessed it; Black!

This left handed bass has a lightweight poplar body with a modern-C profile bolt-on maple neck. The fretboard has 20 frets and is made of amaranth.

  • SCALE: 864 mm
  • BODY: Poplar
  • BODY FINISH: High Gloss Black
  • NECK: Bolt-On Maple with Double Action Truss Rod
  • NECK PROFILE: Modern C
  • FINGERBOARD: Amaranth
  • NUT WIDTH: 42 mm
  • FRETS: 20
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome Plated
  • TUNERS: Classic PB-Style machine heads
  • PICKUP: 1 PB style split coil

RB-414LH – Classic Series

Left handed Harley Benton bass guitars - A black RB-414LH
Left handed Harley Benton bass guitars - A cherry sunburst RB-414LH

Styled after the solid-bodied Rickenbacker 4001 bass guitar, favored by bassists such as Paul McCartney (The Beatles), Chris Squire (Yes), and Mike Rutherford (Genesis); this is the semi-hollow Harley Benton RB-414LH BK Classic Series bass.

The body and set-in neck are both made of mahogany and the amaranth fretboard has 22 frets. It has two pickups; an Artec mini humbucker at the neck and a single coil at the bridge. The bass also features chrome hardware.

  • SCALE: 864 mm (34.02″)
  • BODY: Mahogany – Semi-hollow
  • BODY FINISH: Black, Cherry Sunburst
  • NECK: Set-In Mahogany with Double Action Truss Rod
  • FINGERBOARD: Amaranth
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 350 mm (13.78″)
  • NUT WIDTH: 43.6 mm (1.72″)
  • FRETS: 22
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome
  • TUNERS: DLX machine heads
  • NECK PICKUP: Artec mini humbucker
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Artec Single coil

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PB-50 LH – Vintage Series

Left handed Harley Benton bass guitars - Two PB-50 LH basses with Fiesta Red and 2-tone sunburst finishes

Based on Fender’s ’50s Precision Bass, the Harley Benton PB-50 LH is very capable in producing those classic vintage style single coil tones we know and love.

It has a lightweight basswood body, with a bolt-on Canadian maple neck, featuring a maple fretboard.

  • SCALE: 864 mm
  • BODY: Basswood
  • BODY FINISH: Fiesta Red, 2-Tone Sunburst
  • NECK: Bolt-On Canadian maple with Double Action Truss Rod
  • NECK PROFILE: C
  • FINGERBOARD: Maple
  • NUT WIDTH: 42 mm
  • FRETS: 20
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Deluxe Chrome
  • TUNERS: Classic PB-Style
  • PICKUP: Roswell VTN4 Vista AlNiCo-5 PB-style single coil

JB-20LH – Standard Series

Left handed Harley Benton bass guitars - A 3-tone sunburst JB-20LH

This one is based on Fender’s ’60s Jazz Bass, played by the likes of Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report), Noel Redding (The Jimi Hendrix Experience), and Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna).

The Harley Benton JB-20LH nicely recreates the classic tones of its inspiration with its JB-style single coil pickups.

  • SCALE: 864 mm
  • BODY: Poplar
  • BODY FINISH: High Gloss 3-Tone Sunburst
  • NECK: Bolt-On Maple with Double Action Truss Rod
  • NECK PROFILE: Modern C
  • FINGERBOARD: Amaranth
  • NUT WIDTH: 38 mm
  • FRETS: 20
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome
  • TUNERS: Classic JB-style machine heads
  • NECK PICKUP: JB style single coil
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: JB style single coil

Final Thoughts

As with Harley Benton’s electric guitar range, there are a good number of good quality, yet inexpensive lefty basses available!

I think they’re definitely worth trying; these are fantastic instruments, especially for those on a tight budget, or wanting something to upgrade or mod.

These left handed Harley Benton bass guitars are also a perfect place to start for beginner players, as they’re excellent for the price, and most players who try them really seem to sing their praises.

Do you have any left handed Harley Benton bass guitars? What do you think of them and which do you recommend, if any? Please comment below.

Image credits: harleybenton.com

Left Handed Harley Benton Bass Guitars 2021 – 8 Affordable Lefty Bass Guitars

2 thoughts on “Left Handed Harley Benton Bass Guitars 2021 – 8 Affordable Lefty Bass Guitars

  1. I’m a total noob, but the 5 string left-handed bass I’m holding (the B-550) is great. I’m so very pleased with the quality. The setup seems solid (the B string might be too high, but I think I dare try to adjust that after I watch a few more guides online..) and I’ve seen no blemishes of any kind.
    Note: Shipping to the US was $80 (half-again the cost of the bass itself). Hell, the hard case I bought for this was almost as much as I spent on the bass itself. To get such quality at such a price? I’m over the moon.
    I apologized to my local shop for purchasing online, but when I described that I wanted a left-handed 5 string, he only nodded and said, “ah, the unicorn.”

    Well, I’m holding a unicorn, and I couldn’t be happier.

    1. Yeah, the B-550 seems to be a nice guitar, although Harley Benton guitars seem to be fairly highly rated across the board.
      $160 is a fantastic price for a decent quality bass; you’ll find that they’re as good as quite a number of more expensive basses out there.

      Haha, yeah it’s pretty unlikely you’d find many lefty 5-strings in a local shop. Kudos to you for starting on a 5-string though! I do hear it’s easier to start with the five, rather than start with the standard four, and then move up.

      Thanks for reading!

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