Sound like the original! The tried and tested ingredients in this model from our Vintage Series will let you reproduce exactly the authentic tone we’ve all heard on countless legendary recordings. This fretless model (with 20 fret lines to help you find your way around) offers an ash body in a lush 3-Tone Sunburst finish. The bolt-on maple neck is paired with a blackwood fretboard and even has a Skunk Stripe on the back. But that's not all: the sound of the factory-fitted strings from renowned manufacturer D'Addario feeds two powerful Roswell JBA Alnico 5 Vintage JB-Style single coils while the passive electronics (vol/vol/tone) let you sculpt your sound to suit any conceivable taste or genre. Jaco Pastorius would have had a lot of fun with this bass!

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  • Fretless
  • Body: American ash
  • Bolt-on neck: Canadian maple with pau ferro skunk stripe
  • Fingerboard: Laurel
  • 20 Fret lines
  • 2 mm Side marks
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Nut width: 38 mm
  • Scale: 864 mm
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Pickup: 2 Roswell JBA Alnico-5 JB-Style single coils
  • 2 Volume controls and 1 tone control
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Classic butterfly machine heads
  • Strings: Roundwound .045 - .105
  • Colour: 3-Tone Sunburst
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Bass Solo (fretless) -smooth neo soul- 'Harley Benton Test'

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Smooth jazz bass solo fretless Harley Benton JB-40 FL
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Smooth jazz bass solo fretless Harley Benton JB-40 FL

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Customer reviews

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"I actually have three of these, this one, a natural and a sunburst. I could not decided which one I liked best so I bought a natural version, it was so nice I bought the other two."

- matt-drummer / Review by thomann.de
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"A top tier instrument. Excellent bass, period. For its price, it's simply unbelievable and I would not hesitate to buy the whole Harley Benton line up, after this one!“

- anonymous / Review by thomann.de
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"The bass is a great value for money for sure!! Sounds amazing, plays just as good and looks the part as well! The growl is surprising, and the attack is mind blowing."

- Samuel Burns / Review by thomann.de

Harley Benton Frequently Asked Questions

Want to find out more about Harley Benton? Here are the most frequently asked questions.

  • 1. Where can I order Harley Benton products?

    All of our products are exclusively sold at Thomann, Europe’s largest online retailer for musical instruments with over 20 years of experience. Thomann is located in Germany, Europe but ships worldwide. Every order at Thomann comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 3-year warranty.

  • 2. How much is shipping for one or more instruments?

    Shipping costs vary depending on your location. In many cases, Thomann offers flat rates. The flat rate applies to the whole order (up to a certain weight limit), no matter how many products you order. Please visit the international shipping info page to see rates.
    For example, as of December 2020, shipping to the US for up to two electric guitars is €60, while shipping costs for a guitar and a case are generally around €80. These are guideline prices only and may vary.

  • 3. What are the delivery times to my location?

    Delivery times vary, depending on your location as well as the size of the parcel. Please see the international shipping info page to find out the average delivery time to your location.
    For example, the average delivery time to the US is 6-9 working days.

  • 4. I’m ordering from the UK, what has changed since January 1st 2021?

    Now that the UK has left the single market and customs union with the EU, we’ve updated our procedures for orders placed from customers in the UK. Based on the feedback we have received so far, Government Charges will be collected by UPS and they consist of the 20% VAT plus a small amount for the paperwork involved (usually around 2.5%). There is also an additional amount to be paid to UPS for their service, which is a minimum of 11.50 GBP. As not every order has the same customs requirement, for further information we advise that you check the costs and procedures in advance with the courier locally. Please check the Information for non-EU countries.

  • 5. When will my order be shipped?

    If your desired products are in stock, most orders are processed the same day and shipped within 24 hours after you’ve placed it.

  • 6. What happens after my order is shipped? Do I get tracking information?

    When your product is shipped, you will receive a confirmation email including tracking information. If you have a Thomann account, all this information is available in your personal customer centre.

  • 7. What happens if I receive a damaged instrument?

    All our parcels are insured for loss and damage in transit. If you receive a damaged parcel, please fill out the “return product” form to get a free return label. Take it to the office of the package delivery company stated on the return label and Thomann will replace it as soon as possible.

  • 8. How do refunds work if I’m not satisfied?

    As with every order at Thomann you can take advantage of their 30-day money-back guarantee without any questions asked. If you’re not satisfied, simply fill out the “return product” form and a return service will be arranged for you.

  • 9. Do I need to worry about CITES?

    No. Since we don’t use wood that underlies the CITES regulations for any of our products, you don’t have to worry about contravening any regulations while importing a Harley Benton instrument into your country.

  • 10. Why is Harley Benton so low priced? Is it a scam?

    Of course not. You, as a customer, benefit from the fact that we sell exclusively through Thomann and therefore we don’t need to establish and maintain a huge and expensive distribution network. That brings us closer to our goal of crafting great instruments and bringing them to you at the best prices possible.

  • 11. What is the difference between A- and B-stock products?

    A “B-Stock” is a product which has been returned by a customer within their 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee or replaced under guarantee and can no longer be sold as “A-Stock”. These products are offered at a special, reduced price, are fully functional and come with a full 3 year warranty and 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee. Customers may find that these products show traces of use or scuffing and may not come in their original packaging but will always be checked prior to shipment.

  • 12. Do you have any shops where I can buy Harley Benton products?

    Yes, there is a big variety of Harley Benton products at the Thomann shop in Treppendorf, Germany. You can also use Thomann’s live video chat to talk to an expert and get personal advice, almost as you would when visiting the shop in person.

  • 13. I’m an influencer and I would like to use Harley Benton products in my videos/stories/posts. Who should I contact?

    Our community manager will handle your request. Please use our contact form to let us know your personal information and your ideas on how you would like to present Harley Benton products.

  • 14. I would like to suggest a new Harley Benton model. Where can I write feedback to?

    The opinion of our community is important to us. We are always active on our social media platforms and if you leave constructive feedback, we will take care of it. In addition, you can also use our contact form to drop us a note.

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