Harley Benton DC-Junior TV Yellow

Electric Guitar

  • AKA "The Dirty Mustard DC"
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Set-in mahogany neck
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Fretboard inlays: Dots
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Graphite nut
  • 22 Medium jumbo frets
  • Pickup: Roswell P90D Alnico-5 Dog Ear single coil
  • Volume and tone controls
  • 3-Ply black pickguard
  • Wrap Around bridge
  • Wilkinson vintage-style machine heads with 15:1 gear ratio
  • Ex-factory stringing: .010 - .046
  • Colour: TV Yellow
  • Suitable case: Article no. 172299 (not included)
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Colour Yellow
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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Unbeatable for the price but it's worth upgrading it
shauny155, 10.10.2020
I bought this guitar over a year ago now from Thomann and I had to wait a few weeks for it to arrive (which I was informed about in advance) well packed and without damage.
The first thing is it isn't TV yellow. It's more like a Dijon mustard colour which is no bad thing but was a bit of a shock.
The set up was ok but the nut had been cut a little lopsided (it was slightly higher at one side than the other). This didn't bother me that much as I wasn't expecting that much for the price so I took it to my local guitar shop who did a full set up on it.
The neck is beautiful, slim and easy to play. The whole fit and finish of the guitar feels like a much more expensive instrument which for under £200 is just what you're looking for. The Wilkinson Tuners work as they should and the electronics all seem solid and crackle free.
I'm one of those players that likes to tinker with my guitars.
After playing it for a while and doing a few gigs with it I found that the action was a little too high for my taste and the design of the bridge wouldn't allow me to lower it any further so I bought a new wraparound bridge (cost about £18). I also found the pickup was squeeling a bit at high gain settings so I swapped that for another (£35).
With the set up, new bridge, new pickup and a set of locking strap buttons (essential if you want to keep your guitar in one piece) my £189 guitar has cost me about £300. I still feel this was a bargain for such a solid instrument.
If you're looking for a LP Junior for a fraction of the price of the main brand then you could do much worse than this.
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Nice not expensive guitar
laurentium, 18.11.2020
I really love this guitar. I never had any guitar with 628mm scale length, and I must say I got to love it for that. I play mostly jazz, but really want to play some rock stuff sometimes, and wanted to have a guitar that can do that. Of course, for the versatility, I would like to see a neck pickup also on this guitar, so I could play even jazz on it. I think it should sound good, as it seems to have a less brighter sound than other guitars, with maple caps. First I thought I would get it to a luthier to get it routed for a neck pickup, but then I started reading about the way Junior type of guitars connect to the body, and realized that modding it could make the neck not stand the pressure and ruin the guitar. Especially if I would like to have some 11s strings on it. So I guess I would buy an another Harley Benton Special Double Cut TV Yellow with 2 P90, if they decide to make one. Until then I am enjoying this one.
The guitar came setup really well. I measured all the specs, and it came close to what Gibson recommends for it's solid body guitars. As I own it already, for almost a year, I got the chance to make some weather influenced adjustments of the truss rod, and it holds up really well.
Tuners - not the best for staying in tune, but still ok.
Love the color. It's not the TV Yellow as you would expect on classic guitars, but I think I like it better, this mustard yellow.
Still, you should know that the fretboard is stained. They made it so, to look close to black. And the stain they used gets on your fingers after you play it, but can be easily washed away. Eventually it goes away, after several weeks/months (depends on how often you play it). But no big deal, I can live with that, for the price ))
I must say I'm really impressed with the quality you get for this price, and I mean mainly for playability. Good job HB!
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Beautiful finish and tone
Rob Mac, 09.09.2020
I'd wanted this for a long time. I'm in Australia. Unfortunately there were problems with postage (coronavirus?) and the cost was much more. The guitar finish was perfect except........ the bridge wasn't in the right spot. I had to extend the position screws by small metal blocks at the posts of the rear of the bridge. It now intonated perfectly using the adjustable saddles. It plays and sounds great. Perfect vintage Rock/Blues machine! I sent my info to Thomann with pics of my mod and they kindly sent me a discount. A great company to deal with.
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DC junior Mustard Yellow
Tarn, 16.08.2019
just a short review whit pros and cons.

pros:

overall finish is good

setup on delivery close to perfect.
low overal action 1.5mm E, 1mm e --> no fret buss.
fret ends rounded.
fret's where polished.
very little fret unevenness.
action a the first fret correct.
no string binding in the nut.
intonation was spot on.
truss rod adjustment is smooth --> neck relief was correct.
tuners are wilkinson's and work correctly.
stays in tune very well.
alpha pots --> all soldering correct.--> good sensitivity
shielding paint in both cavities (see cons) --> pots and pickup.
neck has the exact same chunkiness as my TE52.
has a low weight at 3.05kg


cons:

is mostly related to on issue, the standard pickup adjustment.

as the pick up is of the dog ear type it has the basic flaw that its mounted directly to the body with no direct adjustment possible.
so it sits to low, which results in very low sustain and poor sound.
most noticeable on the low E with sounds muffled.
the pole pieces had been screwed out to compensate for this,
but you can't compensate this distance.
the pick up as mounted standard has the pole pieces(screwed out) sit about 7mm from the strings.
raised the pick up with shim's (+- 3,5mm), which immediately solved the above problems.
this is still with the pole pieces screwed out as was done by the factory.
as it is now it's a great improvement to the standard set up, but pick up height/pole pieces will need a fine tune.
which is a fiddly thing to do, due to the reason as mentioned in the above.
shielding paint can use a second coat.
the fret board is a stain finish on top, which makes it look weird when viewed from the side.
should have left it unstained, now it looks like its laminated.
or the side should have been stained all so.

the bridge does what it is supposed to do, but on looks alone is an abomination on this type of guitar.
the saddles are sharp, not sharp enough to actually cut you but sharp enough to be annoying/hurt.
will change the bridge in the future.

if you can look/work beyond the cons, the feel and playability is very good.
the only standard limiting factor is the pickup height.

and last of all be aware that the COLLOR IS NOT TV YELLOW at all BUT ACTUALLY MUSTARD YELLOW.

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had to take several stars of, as i found that the stud at the E string side is not drilled at the correcte distance.

with a wrap around bridge this stud should be about 4.25 mm further away form the neck than the e-string stud.
this to ensure that the bridge intonate's at a correct angle.

on this guitar the 2 studs are drilled in line, meaning that your stuck with the more expensive bridges if you want to upgrade the original one.
a prs style wrap around bridge will fit but its barely resting on the stud.

or alternately you fill up the original bushing hole, re drill at the correct spot and refinish the top.

in both cases its a expensive mod, ones better of in spending a little more on other brands where you halve from the start a better guitar for in the end less money.
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