Harley Benton offers premium hardware at entry-level prices on the £199 J-style MV-4JB Gotoh bass guitar

Harley Benton MV-4JB Gotoh
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Harley Benton has just upped the ante in the affordable bass guitar market with the launch of the MV-4JB Gotoh – a budget instrument dressed up to the nines.

Straight out of the Deluxe Series, the MV-4JB Gotoh is available in four exquisite finishes –Burgundy Mist, Daphne Blue, Shell Pink and Black – which, happily, have been reprised on the headstock facing, giving these J-style basses a real upscale vibe.

Indeed, besides the Gotoh GB-7 tuners that give it its name, there are a host of appointments that make a mockery of its £199 street price.

The MV-4JB Gotoh has a solid alder body, slightly offset as per the style, with player-flattering contours on the body to make it sit comfortably whether seated or on a strap. 

The bolt-on neck is carved into an accessible D profile shape from caramelised Canadian hard rock maple, and it has a distinctly vintage hue, complte with a skunk strip of rosacre. That it is topped with a bound, 12” radius laurel fingerboard, inlaid with ABS blocks that once more invites a second look at the asking price.

Complementing the tuners, Harley Benton has opted for a quality chrome Wilkinson WBBC CR bridge with bronze saddles – the chrome matching the control plate that abuts the tortoiseshell pickguard that pairs very nicely with these finishes.

Two Roswell JBA-B alnico 5 single-coils occupy the bridge and middle positions and are controlled via individual volume controls and a master tone.

Simply dial in how much you need of each pickup via those volume pots and there is plenty of tonal range to explore, making the MV-4JB Gotoh a hugely versatile instrument, at home laying it down in the pocket for a rock bassline, walking all over a jazz piece or for funk, motown, indie, whatever takes your fancy.

Other features include a graphite nut, and Harley Benton has been kind enough to ship these with D’Addario bass strings.

The MV-4JB Gotoh is available now via Thomann, priced £199, and for more details on these or the other models in the Deluxe series, head over to Harley Benton (opens in new tab).

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.