Harley Benton PJ-4 HTR Deluxe Series 4-String Bass Guitar - Hot Rod Trans Red
Amount of Strings:4-String
Colour:Hot Rod Trans Red
An affordable hybrid
At first glance, the Harley Benton PJ-4 HTR Deluxe Series electric bass looks like a typical P-style bass. The design is spot on: An alder body with a red "Hot Rod" finish that brings out the grain of the wood perfectly. This passive bass's maple neck with its 20 frets seems quite ordinary at first, the fingerboard is what makes it special. This is made of dark baked maple called roseacer - a great substitute for rosewood, which is now protected by conservation law and for which alternatives need to be found. But the most convincing feature is the combination of pickups. The "PJ" in the name stands for the combination of the very best of both worlds - a P-style split coil with a J-style single coil. A wide range of sounds is thus available, and at an unbeatable price to boot.
P-style design with an added extra
At first sight, the PJ-4 HTR resembles a P-style bass in terms of feel - but there are differences when it comes to the hardware. In addition to the typical P-style split coil, there is also a J-style single coil, and each pickup has its own volume control. This way, bassists can get the typical full-bodied, growly mid-range Rock sound from the split coil, but they can also look forward to a punchy sound with plenty of high-end twang from the single coil. Given this combination, the sound will definitely stand out in a mix. If that's not enough, the passive tone control provides a more muffled, vintage-like sound, so the tonal options are many and varied. The chrome-plated machine heads come in their own design and are much smaller than the classic P-style ones, which means that the bass is not top-heavy at all and maintains the optimum weight.
A bargain for more than just beginners
The PJ-4 HTR is an interesting option for smart spenders in general, since they get an affordable bass that provides plenty of sonic options. That of course makes this bass the perfect choice for beginners who want to find their own sound and get a lot of practice in. The modern C-profile of the neck is also a helpful feature, as it fits the player's hand perfectly. However, the Harley Benton PJ-4 HTR is not only an instrument for total beginners: It also gives guitarists a budget-friendly opportunity to try their hand at playing bass, so they can also double up as the bassist during recording sessions if necessary.
The best of both worlds
The Harley Benton PJ-4 HTR is the ideal point of entry for beginners, but it can also serve as a backup instrument for more advanced bassists. After all, it's an all-rounder and can therefore be used in all situations - so the musical direction of your next band won't cause any problems, since most styles can be covered with this bass. Whether it's something modern or rocky with powerful mids and lots of sustain or something funky with crisp highs - you can try it all with this exceptionally-priced instrument thanks to its combination of P-style and J-style pickups.