Bass guitar

Harley Benton’s New MV-4JB Gotoh J-Style Bass Guitar Has A More Impressive Specs Than Its Price Suggests

Harley Benton has added an elegantly named new bass guitar model, the MV-4JB Gotoh, to its product line.

Available in four colorways – Burgundy Mist, Black, Shell Pink and Daphne Blue – each with matching headstocks, the MV-4JB Gotoh aims to “bring together classic bass sounds and high-quality spec in one affordable package”.

And it sure is affordable. Boasting a mouth-watering price tag of $230, the MV-4JB Gotoh features a contoured alder body, vintage bolt-on caramelized Canadian maple neck with skunk roseacer band and D profile, and fingerboard 12 inch laurel with white ABS. block inlays and 20 medium frets.

The electronics include a pair of Roswell JBA alnico 5 single-coil pickups, which Harley Benton praises for their “clear attack and punchy response”. These are controlled via individual volume pots and a master tone knob.

Other specs include a white graphite nut, four-ply turtle pickguard, 34-inch scale length and, as the name suggests, Gotoh hardware including GB-7 tuners and a Wilkinson WBBC CR with bronze saddles.

For more information go to Harley Benton (opens in a new tab).

Harley Benton MV-4JB

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Harley Benton showed a lot of love for its line of bass guitars in 2022. Prior to the MV-4JB, the Thomann-owned brand launched sub-$300 JJ and JP basses, its own take on the Jazz Bass with the new budget-friendly JB series, and even a UkeBass solidbody model.

Other highlights of the company’s catalog this year include 6 fresh colorways in its sub-$500 Fusion-III and Fusion-T electric guitar lines, a beefed-up offset lineup with the $177 JA-60CC and a selection of 2-in-1 guitar effect pedals.