Harley Benton HB JA-60 OW

Electric Guitar

  • Vintage series
  • Body: Basswood
  • Bolt-on neck made of Canadian maple
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro (Machaerium spp./Machaerium scleroxylon)
  • Block fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: C
  • Matched headstock
  • 21 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Double action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell Vintage Style Alnico 5 P90 single coils
  • 1 Volume knob and 1 tone knob
  • 3-Way pickup selector
  • Hardware: Deluxe chrome
  • Fixed bridge
  • Kluson style machine heads
  • Ex-factory string thickness: .010" - .046"
  • Colour: Olympic White
  • Suitable case available under: Article no. 122213 (not included)
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Colour White
Soundboard Basswood
Neck Maple
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Pickup System P90, P90
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Deadrunner 5150, 16.01.2020
I use this guitar for playing at home. I am a hobbyist guitarist and don't play in a band. However, I would use this guitar in any band or live event and be very proud that I own it. I cannot tell you how impressive this guitar is for the price. I feel like I should buy every single HB guitar I can before the price jumps. Unbelievable value!

Pros: I live in Midwest USA and it is winter here currently. This guitar was shipped through the winter weather and was more than likely warm and cold many times during this process. The guitar was almost completely in tune and the setup was very very close. I didn't have to adjust the neck at all. The finish on the guitar is perfect, the neck is beautiful and all the hardware has a great finish and no corrosion on the crome.

Cons: I love to work on guitars and I was planning to completey take the guitar apart upon delivery. I would say for a beginner this guitar would be great to play out of the box but there is a little work that needs to be done. The frets needed a polish and the intonation was a little off. I also needed to re-solder a connection on the tone pot. One typical comment is that the tuners are cheat on these guitar. I would say they are a little cheat but if you work with them they will improve. No you cannot do too much adjustment with a vintage style tuner but readjusting the screws did actually help. I will be adding shielding to the cavities so that will help one the noise.

Overall look at the price. You should be paying at least 500 for these guitars. I would be very happy with this guitar if it cost more than it does. I would still feel like I got a great value. But 138 come on that is crazy for this guitar! Get one and have fun, I am going to get a burst one just because of the price and amazing value I have now seen in person.
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ZoltanP, 02.12.2019
I needed the iconic asymmetric 1960's look and the P90 sound for classic rock, and I chose this over the F-branded stuff purely based on the price point. I was prepared to put in the extra work I suspected a guitar of this value would need, but frankly, even straight out of the box it was a perfectly decent instrument, well balanced, nicely finished, properly set up, and with that old school tone I was looking for. Including the single coil hum of course. Definitely awesome value for money.

Even though straight out of the box the guitar was totally alright, I of course had a go at upgrading it. I took it to pieces, I shielded the cavity, I leveled, profiled and polished the frets and filed away any sharp ends (of which there were very few), then I added a treble bleed to the volume pot (Harley Benton 220pF capacitor), and as I always do with Harley Benton stock tune-o-matic style bridges, I replaced the factory one with a Gotoh GE103B-N. A thick lemon oil wash for the fretboard, a blob of Loctite thread locker on the strap button screws, and that was it.

Now I have the ultimate vintage looking hard tail Jazz Master sort of axe in my arsenal, and it truly plays like a charm. Much better I should say than some of my similarly upgraded "Sq###r by F#nd#r" guitars. If it had humbuckers and a longer fretboard, it could even do the occasional stint into metal territory: The neck, while not very thin, is still fast and comfy, and the cutaway would easily give access to another 3 frets if there weren't just 21 of them. Great piece of gear, very happy with it.
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Great guitar for the price.
Truck Johnson, 24.02.2020
Guitar sounds fantastic, and plays great.

Only thing I needed to do was clean up the fret work a bit. Filed and rounded the fret ends. They were a little rough. Still, about 45 minutes worth of work took this from a good guitar to great.

If you want to get in to modding guitars, this is a great, inexpensive base to start from.
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Iconic looks and sounds on a budget
Bazwoldi, 02.12.2018
My second JA60 which I like almost as much as the first, the only real difference being the considerable extra weight of this OW one compared to the SB.version
Although the pickups are described on Roswells site as jazzmaster size single coils they sound (and buzz) like P90s fitted to the SB model.
I also sense (as opposed to measure) that the neck feels even chunkier than the SB version but still is totally playable.(although I do not enjoy the 350mm f/board radius which is compounded by the fact that the T-o-M style bridge has a 12 " (305mm) profile to the saddles.)
As with all the HBs I've purchased the nut slots needed dressing to reduce string height at that end of the f/board but the frets did not require any attention other than a polish and some filing to fret ends.

The finish is very creditable given the cost of this guitar, and electrics all function well. The machine heads however are poor, particularly the ferrules which appear to be plastic and not a tight fit in the headstock holes which is a formula for tuning problems.
I have used this and its sister /brother SB version for gigging and recording with no problems.

All in all remarkable value for money for a very playable ,good sounding instrument.
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Colour: White
Harley Benton HB JA-60 OW
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Harley Benton HB JA-60 OW

Electric Guitar Vintage series, Body: Basswood, Bolt-on neck made of Canadian maple, Fretboard: Pau Ferro (Machaerium spp./Machaerium scleroxylon), Block fretboard inlays, Neck profile: C, Matched...

  • Design: J-Style
  • Colour: White
  • Soundboard: Basswood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickup System: P90, P90
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Harley Benton HB JA-60SB Vintage Series
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Harley Benton HB JA-60SB Vintage Series

Electric Guitar Body: Basswood, Bolt-on neck: Canadian maple, Neck profile: C, Fretboard: Pau Ferro (Machaerium spp./Machaerium scleroxylon), Block inlays, 21 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 42...

  • Design: J-Style
  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Soundboard: Basswood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickup System: P90, P90
  • Tremolo: No
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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