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)
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
available since August 2019
Item number 462661
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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.


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!


Cannot find a fault at all with Colonel Mustard.
Dennis75 22.11.2021
To be honest, I was a bit wary when ordering this guitar. I was looking for a straightforward rock guitar that allowed me to play some blues as well: I wanna be your dog-type-of-thing, but also some Hendrix and SRV without bother of having to nitpick with pickups, pedals etc. When I received the package, at first glance there was nothing to give a remark on. Frets, neck, paintjob all looked excellent. I was worried about the quality of the tuners though, because at first a small bend of the high E was enough to push it way out of tune. I considered sending it back at that moment, but the day afterwards and ever since it stays in tune rather well. In the meantime, I played it quite a lot and I like it. Last week I played on a Gibson SG and to be honest value wise, the HB gives you much more bang for your buck. I looked, pretty intensively, and couldn’t find a fault at all - so happy customer here and I will buy HB again. Colonel Mustard has a lead pipe and he’s killing it !


Thank You Thomann
Too much G.A.S. 19.01.2020
First of all I must say Thank You to Thomann for making this replica DC Junior. In the guitar world they are not as popular as others but I have always desired one. The real ones are stupid prices and I thought I would never own anything like it. I bought it for the look alone and didn't really care what it sounded or played like to tell you the truth, I just wanted it because they look so cool. BUT!!! the damn thing plays and sounds fantastic! It is now my go to guitar out of my many as it has a pretty original sound. The only thing I did to it was raise the PUP with some washers to get a slightly louder output and back the tone off a bit as full blast it's a tad shrill. (this dog eared PUP have no adjustment) Thomann if you make a black version with a black, white pin strip pick guard I will buy it also.


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