Harley Benton DC-Junior Pelham Blue

Electric Guitar

  • Limited Run 2020 - Limited to 250 copies
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck attachment: Set-in
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: White dots
  • Neck profile: C
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Nut: Graphite
  • Frets: 22 Medium jumbo
  • Pickup system: Roswell P90D Alnico-5 Dog Ear single coil (bridge)
  • Controls: Volume & Tone
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply black
  • Bridge: WSC Wrap Around
  • Machine heads: Wilkinson vintage style with 15:1 gear ratio
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • String gauges: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Pelham Blue
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Colour Blue
Soundboard Mahogany
Top None
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Amarant
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickup System P90
Tremolo Nej
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Best Harley Benton I've bought
Curt R, 08.12.2020
I'm very critical about guitars. I often find guitar setups to be less than average, out of the box. The first thing I normally do, when getting a new guitar, is get it over to the local guitar tech and get a professional setup - nut cutting and fretwork, if needed. This happens for about 90% of guitars, even high end ones.

I'm genuinely gob smacked how well this guitar has been built for the money.
- The fretwork is very good. Shiny frets, almost perfectly level. There is one high fret, but I'll take it to the tech to sort that out.
- The bridge doesn't have to be decked to the wood to get a low action, which can be common on this style of guitar.
- Amazingly clean fretboard (none of that usual black stuff that comes on on your fingers when playing)
- The nut is cut perfectly, no binding and cut properly to not give you out of tune cowboy chords, and even the dreaded F bar chord.
- Pickup is usable. Very much like a mellow tele pickup. I won't be swapping it
- The machine heads are very good quality, for the price
- A lovely, sparkly finish.
- Very smooth volume and tone controls
- Solid jack socket.

The only real con is that there is a slight ding on the top side of the neck, just near the fretboard, in the clear coat. You don't feel this, when playing, so I'm not too fussed about it.

On arrival, the neck had a bit of a forward bow, but the truss rod is good and it straightened up perfectly. I imagine this may be due to temperature fluctuations, or maybe the QC set it up this way as forward bow is better than back bow.

It may be that because this guitar was on pre-order, it hasn't been sat in a warehouse for ages and hasn't had time to develop any major faults. Either than, or Harley Benton have really up'ed their game on these newer models.

If this guitar was your first purchase, you would be very happy with the setup. I can't recommend this guitar enough. This is by far the best Harley Benton I've had my hands on. This guitar is the best is the best value for money guitar that I've ever purchased.

Very happy.
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This is one great guitar for the price!
xspaceranger, 12.05.2021
This guitar looks, sounds and feels great to play!

I play a lot of punk/pop type music and some rock/blues and after playing on this guitar for about a week now, I can honestly say that it is one of my favourites. The colour is just beautiful, have a really nice sparkly glitter to it that just catches the eye. I did a very close look to see if there was any scratches or blurs in the finish and I couldn't spot any. The build quality and set up of of the box was very good and all I had to do was put on a new set of strings since the ones that it came with had that oxidized feel to them. The pick up sounds great, and playing with the volume and tone knobs give this beast a ton of different voicings, from snarly broken up crunch to warm clean tones. The neck starts out rather slim and narrow at the nut, but does thicken up nicely as you get towards the bridge, which felt strange at first, but now just feels natural even when switching through guitars.
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So much play-ability for so little cost!!!
Jay M, 21.05.2020
I've always wanted an authentic looking DC Jr, but without the crazy price of the original. I play various styles of rock/metal and wanted one of these to cover the more classic - heavy rock stuff.

I am totally amazed that this guitar was achievable at such low costs! i love it!!!

Total honesty and transparency now. I think this is easily as playable as some of my more expensive guitars. The neck is VERY comfortable and probably one of favourite necks that i currently own. Fit and finish was very good.

I'm not a fan of the Roswell P90 in my personal opinion. Not thats its a bad pickup, but I prefer hotter pickups for a bigger bottom end and tightness. For cleaner or more classic styles of Rock, i would imagine it to be a great suited pickup. Its pretty clean and jangly so in that respect, its pretty good - just not my personal style so i cant mark it down for that.

Tuners seem ok so far and Wilkinsons are generally pretty good. mine felt a little 'gritty' but that may just be from factory dust etc. A little GT85 sprayed inside should clean that out nicely.

I will list some honest opinions below for total transparency, although none of these would stop me buying another one at all!!

Pros:
Solid build
great finish
decent hardware
superb feeling neck
great fret work
individual saddles for easier intonation

Cons:
Not a fan of the low output Roswell P90 (personal opinion)
slightly gritty feeling tuners (not a deal breaker though)
i prefer the look of the speed knobs to the top hats (again, a personal opinion)

Overall I am VERY impressed and this stunning Colour DC Jr has scratched the itch of wanting this style of guitar without the massive price tag. The quality is on par with much higher priced guitars. The price easily allows the buyer to swap or upgrade anything to suit their styles or tastes if they feel they need to.

My star ratings are not a deflection on the guitar but purely based on my own personal preferences

Extremely happy and would definitely buy again (maybe i'll get the SC version next!)
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Oh boy!
chriscoustic, 08.12.2020
fantastic. what a guitar.
The finish is superb. Flawless. A lovely rich color with just a hint of sparkle. it was in tune and intoned (close enough but i will take it to the guitar tech anyway)
i chose the DC junior for its single pick up configuration, i dont want to be constantly switching pick ups all the time. that said i found a huge range of sound from the tone knob and my tube screamer, more than enough for me. it can be angry or smooth as you like it.
the tuning heads (there have been some issues with these on the juniors) were just fine. all attached correctly with no obvious misalignment.
one screw on the pick up is not fully tightened. (i really am trying to pick at nits here)
it is an absolute beaut of a guitar. i lovelovelove it
thank you harley benton. thank you thomann.
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