Harley Benton GS-Travel-E Spruce

Steel-String Guitar

  • Mini Travel Grand Symphony body design
  • Selected spruce body
  • Mahogany body
  • Nato neck
  • Blackwood fretboard
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Arched back
  • Black binding on the body and head
  • V Neck profile
  • Fretboard radius: 381 mm
  • Scale: 596 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Blackwood bridge
  • Black deluxe diecast machine heads
  • Bellcat AP-55 Active Powerjack built-in pickup system
  • String gauges: HB .011 - .052
  • Colour: Natural high-gloss
  • Includes a gig bag

Dimensions:

  • Total length: 95 cm
  • Max. width: 36 cm
  • Height: 10 cm
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Further Information

Model Mini Grand Symphony
Top Spruce
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Blackwood
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Pickup System Yes
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag Yes
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Amazing guitar after some work...
Le Paulo, 27.09.2020
I've been lucky enough to try the GS-Mini Mahogany, GS-Mini-e Spruce and a few of the Taylor GS range (Koa and Rosewood).

I ended up keeping the GS-Mini Spruce - it has a lovely clarity and brightness without losing anything in the bass. The Mahogany version felt a bit warmer and muted. My partner didn't like the sound of the mahogany version at all. Her first reaction was "that doesn't sound like a nice guitar to me" which was enough to put me off. The GS-Mini-e spruce has a mahogany body too but that spruce top makes a huge difference.

I played the Taylors last and found that while they are finished to a very high degree, they suffer similar problems to the HB guitars - once you get to the upper registers on the fret board, a boxiness creeps into the sound, especially on the wound strings. That's the tradeoff for these smaller guitars. The Taylors have better components all around, nicer neck (I really don't understand why HB went with a soft V for their GS-Minis and it feels quirky even now) and better fretwork.

The other important point here is that the HB GS-Minis need a bit of work in the beginning, particularly frets and fretboard.

1. I took the saddle out and removed the scrap plastic they dropped under there. If you have the e-Version, the scrap is actually under the pickup. Also, check the saddle slot is clean and smooth - mine had routing errors leaving steps in the walls of the slot that needed to be smoothened out. And look for woodchips at the bottom and clean the drill holes. An easy fix. I then bought Graphtec's "Supercharger Kit" to replace saddle and pins with tusq quality components. Wow - big difference! It's a shame Thomann doesn't sell these kits but they are not hard to find, amazing value and definitely worth the investment. The one you need to get is "Graph Tech Supercharger Acoustic Kit B (9280-10)" which comes with slightly thinner bridge pins. I still had to file out the groove in the pin for the low E string as it wouldn't fit. Just mark it with a sharpie so you remember which one you filed. The other pins fit without modification and the saddle only needs slight sanding for your preferred saddle height.

2. Frets - I gave mine a full fret level, crown and polish. The GS-Minis have pretty horrible frets - both of mine were dirty/rusty and all over the place from a levelling standpoint. The levelling beam sorted that out and crowning file and sandpaper cleaned it up. This step makes a huge difference to playability.

3. Nut - the nuts on the GS-Minis weren't too bad but getting them to the right level after fret levelling is worthwhile. I used proper nut files to take out a bit of material. Only a couple of passes are required because the nut is plastic so be careful. I will probably replace this with Tusq nut soon as well.

4. Action - I thank the guitar gods that HB put truss rods in these guitars. It allows easy adjustment of the action. I also took about 2/64" off the bottom of the saddle. Both of these helped getting the action SUPER low: I've got 3/64" on bass strings and a smidge over 2/64" on high E. Only a little bit of fret sizzle but that adds flavour to these acoustics as they can be a bit sterile given their size.

5. Fretboard and bridge - dry as hell. Put some lemon oil or Ballistol on those and bring them back to life!

For those wondering about the pickups - I was genuinely surprised. They aren't as bad as you would think for an under-saddle pickup. In fact, you would struggle to hear much difference with higher-end guitars because the pickup system is the limiting factor here. My only gripe is that the pickups are active - I'm going to install passive pickups next.

The guitar bag - wow! Really solid quality soft-case guitar backpack. Decent padding and design. Probably used the same factory as Taylor's GS bags ;)

After a few hours work, the HB GS-Mini-e sounds and plays fantastically well. I currently have Ernie Ball strings on it and they are a match made in heaven. They just sound gorgeous and sweet. The Martin strings I had on a few weeks ago were amazing as well. The Fender strings I tried sounded flat so best to stick to Martins or EBs.

I probably added a few hundred dollars of value into this guitar taking into account the effort and replacement parts and other than the weird V-neck (which even Thomann's own video reviewer was struggling to comprehend), I couldn't see much difference with the higher priced Taylors.

Of course, once you get to Taylor's Koa mini, you start to see a big difference and it really stands out - the sound is very special but the cost of that guitar is hard to justify for a throwabout or couch guitar. I should add that Taylor's entry level GS series guitars do not use one-piece spruce tops - they are bookended 2 piece which some say can affect sound. The HB appears to use a solid one-piece spruce top. The bodies on both guitars are laminates of some sort.

I should add that the HB guitar doesn't look like it will last forever - the fretwire is pretty soft and discolours quickly so once you wear those down, you're going to have to get a new guitar. I can't imagine the fretboard will survive a re-fret but I would love Thomann to confirm otherwise as I would love to be able to do that on this guitar - it really ticks a ton of boxes for musicality and playability.

The only major downside I've discovered after a few weeks use are the tuners - mine wouldn't hold tune very well and had plenty of backlash and some dead spots where turning did nothing. They would be easy to upgrade and replace - most Gotoh tuners should work as they use 10mm bores.

Oh, and definitely go for the spruce top - it sounds "more like a guitar" according to "she who must be obeyed".

Blimey, this thing really rings!
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Harley Benton GS-Travel-E Spruce
Experienced BRC, 03.06.2020
I have posted a review of this online.
Rather than rewrite that here I will simply say excellent value for money instrument, just right as a travel guitar, maybe not in a plane, but otherwise good tone, construction and playing comfort.
This is bought as a present for someone else, although I will set it up to suit them, though not much to do.
Probably the best value for money guitar I have ever handled, not the best guitar in the world though I would say there are many much more expensive guitars that would comapre badly against this. Even if you think it a risk at this price no real risk at all.
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Satisfied Excellent Sounding & Build Quality of this Guitar
Mr. Wenz, 17.12.2020
1. I'm using this guitar for my covers & tutorials.
2. This is great for travelling and comfort of the size.
3. I'm satisfied the sound and build.
4. Overall for strumming, picking, fingerstyle is comfortable.
5. Compare to all mahogany body, this spruce top is more sustain for me and the sound is not muted.
6. The price of this guitar is great more cheaper compare to others and also it has built in pickup.
7. I like the color and also it has padded bag included when you purchase.

Overall Satisfied!!!
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slider, 06.05.2020
Huge sound came out of this guitar , the finish is very good, no sharp end frets, the fretboard needs a little oil , the gigbag is dope , come on, its a 30 euros bag in a 100 euros guitar, BUY this , i?ve already bought the mahogony version of the GS travel, but it was a faulty unit so sent it back , but they only had at the time in stock the spruce one, i didnt wanted to cause the other one has a lot of reviews and this one not. but man, this Spruce top guitar is 5 time better than the other one in mahogony , it sound a lot better , more mids , its fuller. Buy this and dont regret if it breaks.
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