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Harley Benton Electric Guitar Kit JA

Harley Benton Electric Guitar Kit JA, JA Electric Guitar Kit; Body: Rengas (wood color may vary); Neck: Maple with Binding; Fingerboard: Amaranth; Neck Mount: Bolt On; Inlays: Block; 21 Frets; Nut Width: 42 mm (1,65"); Scale: 648 mm (25.51"); Pickups: P90 (Bridge), P90 (Neck); Controls: Volume, Tone; Switch: 3-Way; Bridge: Tune O Matic; Hardware Finish: Chrome ; Tuners: DieCast; Colour: Natural; Stock Strings: .009-.042; Requires somecraftsmanship and tools to assemble, body and neck are finished with a wood-sealer (which allows the surface to be sprayed with lacquer but when a wood-stain is used the surface may require to be re-sanded)

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Colour Natural
Body Solid Wood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Amaranth
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Pickups P90, P90
Tremolo None
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No

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For modders
DTASP, 10.09.2021
First one I got: the wholes were misaligned for the pick-guard and saddle/bridge, and foam for pickup cavities was missing. Thomann replaced the kit immediately, no fees, in fact it had become cheaper by that time and Thomann gave me back the €20 difference. Excellent service!
I built the replacement kit, alignment much better but not perfect.
Fretboard looks like different material.

Pros:
Cheap
Excellent neck. Straight, no fret-sprout (frets rough, need a polishing)
Nut seems ok
Tuners good (was expecting cheap and flimsy)
Body nicely carved
Neck sits correctly/snugly/tightly into body
Proper alignment of strings over fretboard
Solderless kit
Easy to connect electronics
Truss-rod key included (which I haven't tested)

Cons:
Screw holes are mostly not drilled straight
This is specially annoying when fixing the pickups as they don't sit parallel to the body (will have to re-drill)
Low-quality electronics
Poor sounding pickups
Low-quality strings
Instructions manual needs to be more detailed

Conclusions:
I got this kit because I wanted to know how to put together a guitar, and have a cheap one to tweak and mod. Got exactly what I wanted. I also wanted P90s, unfortunately, these are very low quality so not much joy there.
If you want a cheap guitar, you should get equivalent priced ones from Thomann that are already painted/built and might have better quality electronics. This kit is definitely for modders and builders.
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Elg , 27.05.2020
During the lockdown I had carried out a few projects including , changing pickups in a T style guitar, building a fuzz pedal putting up a new fence. I nearly ordered the T style guitar kit but decided against as I already had that style of guitar. I then spotted the JA guitar kit. This was a style I really wanted and at the price I decided I would give it a go. The kit arrived and appeared to have everything I needed to complete it. It took a few days but that was because I wanted to paint it. The sanding seemed to take forever. The flat parts were already very smooth but the carved parts were hard work.
Next came the head stock shaping. Thoman could have help by including the standard Harley Benton shape in the instructions as a template, but I managed.
Next came the assembly. This went smoothly. The only slight gripe would be there was no difference in the wires from the switch and no labelling of the bridge and neck pickups.
The guitar is now complete and I love it. Part of this is because I feel like a luthier and get a kick out of having built my own guitar.
I would definitely recommend this kit. This is my first Harley Benton. It wont be my last.
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Fun project, surprisingly good guitar
cdubya, 17.08.2021
I bought this kit last year as a lockdown project and I'm really happy with the results. The assembly was easy and instructions were clear (except that the bridge and neck pickups were not marked as such and there was no way to tell them apart -- not sure it mattered ;-O). The neck is great, worth the price of the guitar imho. I polished the frets. The fret ends could probably use a file but I don't have one so I'm living with them. The guitar worked well with included parts but was greatly improved with new Kluson MK6LN Tuners and a new Graph Tech TUSQ XL F-Style Slotted Nut, both of which fit easily. So far I'm keeping the pickups as they actually sound ok. I actually love the finished product and play it all the time. Thinking about getting another one!
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Looks good and plays well after a bit of hard work.
Papa FSB, 17.05.2020
The neck wouldn’t sit in the body right. There was a gap between the end of the fretboard and the body. It took a bit of careful chiselling and some work with a dremmell to get it to fit with no gap. I could have easily messed that up if I was not concentrating. Once that was sorted the rest went ok with the easy to follow instructions. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the pickups. The guitar sounds very nice. The body took the paint well and gave a nice smooth finish. Looks good and plays well. Can’t ask for more than that.
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