Harley Benton GS-Travel Mahogany

Steel String Guitar

  • Build: Mini Travel Grand Symphony
  • Body: Selected mahogany
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Fretboard inlays: Dot
  • Arched back
  • Black binding on body and neck
  • Neck profile: V
  • Fretboard radius: 381 mm
  • Scale: 596 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bridge: Blackwood
  • Black Deluxe die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: HB .012 - .053
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Gigbag included

Dimensions:

  • Length: 94.0 cm
  • Lower width: 36 cm
  • Upper width: 25 cm
  • Depth: 10 cm
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Further Information

Model Mini Grand Symphony
Top Mahogany
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Blackwood
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Pickup System No
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag Yes

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Lovely, sweet little guitar
S Harrison, 09.02.2018
I bought this to play lounging on my sofa, laying on my bed or outside in the garden.
Out of the box, it's very playable - I haven't changed anything.
The mahogany gives a warmth to the sound, which I like. On a guitar body this small I don't think you'd need the brighter sound of a spruce top - I haven't tried the spruce version though.
Mine has a closely grained mahogany top rather than the more striped look of the one in the pictures - mine looks lovely. It's pretty light weight - ideal for what I bought it for. It sounds and projects much better than you'd think from the size (and price).
If I hadn't bought a CLA-15m soon after I'd be picking this up all the time - as it is, I pick it up a lot.
It has clarity, punch and warmth that are way above it's size and price tag.
Now the big question - is it as good as the Taylor? I have no idea, I've never played one. But it's the wrong question and missing the point; For the likely intended uses of this guitar, it's as good as you need.
Don't get me wrong - it sounds good, it plays well and it's fun to play. But do you really need to pay over £500 for a travel/sofa guitar?
It's hard to justify that unless you're recording with it a lot (to cut through the mix - and this will do the job). Or maybe want a smaller scale instrument for a child/teen. You could buy this and get two custom line acoustics (Harley Bentons) for that money - I know which I'd prefer and that's exactly what I've done.
Tuners - they do their job. People complain about a lot of new guitars not holding their tuning but it's just because they haven't bedded the strings in - (pull them away from the guitar 3-4 times, tune the string back up, do this 3 times for each string - you'll now hold your tuning). Speaking of which - when I tried that on this guitar the peg came off on the lower E string - I'm not bothered; I put it back in and developed a method of pulling the string parallel to the body, which works fine.
Construction is fine - don't expect bone nuts and bridge saddles at this price.
It's very neat and tidy, rather attractive and I love the curve on the back.
I have an old Martin travel guitar - I never play it. This is so much better - it's a proper guitar, just a bit smaller and light weight.
For the price it's a bargain - it even comes with a neat little gig bag.
If you want a full blown acoustic, I'd recommend one of the custom line ones. But I have plenty of guitars and I can't resist this little beauty - it gets far more of my attention than the price would suggest.
You know you want one.
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Johan12, 27.02.2020
I own this guitar for almost 2 years now and I absolutely love it. It's my only guitar at the moment and I play it daily.
I have been playing guitar for about 10 years. I mostly fingerpick and this is where this little guitar excells. It can also handle some light strumming but don't expect wonders.

All in all I would certainly recommend this guitar to beginners but also to more advanced players looking or a great little guitar to leave around in the living room or to take on holidays.
I have owned more expensive Takamine guitars and sold them all beccause I didn't play them anymore.
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Okay for 100EUR
Slowpoke, 25.08.2020
Ordered this baby as a test subject before i will buy a Taylor GS Mini (the Mahogany version). Never had any experience with smaller size guitars before and unfortunately there are no places to try the instrument out in my country.

Overall its a great instrument for those 100eur that you could waste on something else :D . It's ideal place would be on the beach \ near the campfire \ somewhere where you will be afraid to take a 600-700 eur costy guitar.

Pros:
- It was delivered and its alive. Did not have any particular flaws. Tuned it up a little bit and its playable.
- Sound is ok - you would expect this kind of sound from a bigger instrument. For example my 00 acoustic (also a cheapo one) sounds pretty much alike in terms of loudness and depth
- Very small and very light. Prefect size for if you have small hands. Would be ideal for kids.
- This would be a good one for a first instrument

Cons
- The bag is not so good. Only usable outside with good weather. If it rains or if its cold - your instrument will be damaged. Will use it only once - to carry this guitar home.
- My instrument arrived with a scratched pickguard. its not a big deal.
- The neck had some strange white marks on the back side towards the tuning pegs
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Mike Woike, 12.11.2020
Big price bump but I'm still thinking about sending on to my grandson, I had to finish the body really rough and the frets were sharp but once you clean it up and then play it it will be worth it. pro's it was cheaper con's now you'll have to pay more.
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