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 mm
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell AlNiCo-5 Vintage Style P90 single coils
  • 1 Volume knob and 1 tone knob
  • 3-Way pickup switch
  • Chrome-plated deluxe hardware
  • TOM-Style bridge with fixed tailpiece
  • Kluson style machine heads
  • Ex-factory string thickness: .010" - .046"
  • Colour: 3-Colour sunburst
  • Suitable case available under: Article number 122213 (not included)
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Colour Sunburst
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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Unbeatable Value - Has to Get 5 Stars !
Kevlar Poser, 29.04.2017
Having viewed a video review of the HB JA-60SB on the Cory Mura YouTube Channel ( a really informative German reviewer who covers quite a few Harley Bentons ) I was persuaded to add this HB model to my little collection.

Turned out that his advice was spot-on and have to say that I am really impressed with this JA model - and agree with just about all the impressions shared in the video review i.e. the one that I received seemed to be just as good as the one demonstrated. Actually I think the pickguard photo-tortoise pattern suits the Sunburst colour quite well on a retro-style such as this ( though opinions seem to differ on this ). I have noticed at least a couple of other brands use a virtually identical pattern so the HB version is not unique in that.

I did have a similar offset model of a different brand some time back ( costing 250% more ) which I had to sell, but this one is at least as good if not better than that. Overall quality is much better than you would be entitled to expect
for the price and QC on this one is excellent I would say.
Tuners & hardware work well and Wilkinson pickups in just about any guitar in this price bracket are a bonus.

The Sunburst finish is flawless and lovely - back and front & neck is super smooth to the touch. Rosewood fingerboard appreciated a little touch of lemon oil as it looked a tad thirsty after voyage & storage- but apart from
a fret level check ( A1 pass ) and minor tune this guitar was good to go without any tinkering. Am more than happy with the original spec as am home player only and its fine for me. Do not plan to change anything - apart from the string guides as I have pair of roller trees which are unused and I prefer these to the butterfly type.

If you are in the market for an offset model and don't particularly want to spend 200-300 Euros on a different headstock imprint - I can certainly recommend the JA-60.
In this case less is definitely more - I can vouch for that.

OK - got right to the end and never mentioned Thomann service once ! Here it is now - " Gold Standard" - That's why customers keep coming back !
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The Most Comfortable Guitar I've Ever Played
WaitingForGhosts, 10.05.2019
I discovered that P90 snarl on an old beaten up Squire Jazzmaster that I purchased from an online forum a few years ago however, it eventually needed to go into the shop for repair. Whilst I waited for it to be returned to me, I looked about for something to use in my bands temporarily and found the HB JA-60SB online and found quite a few raving (in a good way) reviews online, as well as some video's and it sounded huge so I promptly ordered one. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED!!!!

The guitar took only 3 days to arrive to the UK and getting it out of the box, it immediately felt so comfortable and is easily the most comfortable guitar I've played. I've not played any really high end guitars but own a few in the £200-£350 price range which it certainly eclipses in feel and sound and I've not gone back to the Jazzmaster since I got this.

It's quite a versatile guitar, I play in three bands which are all very different. The first is pretty grungey and we play anthemic rock (called Lemoncurd Kids) the other is a bit more proggy/funky (Called The March Fleet) and in the third (Three Birds Blind) I just really do atmospheric stuff and it works really well in all of them. I usually practice three times a week and gig a few times per month so it can take a good hammering.

I've found the Thomann Customer Service to be pretty awesome as well. I had an issue with the nut on the guitar after about a years worth of thrashing and they just sent me a replacement nut at no cost.

I'd definitely look to buy another Harley Benton and cant recommend this model enough. Its a great little guitar, really comfy to play and it just sounds great.
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A keeper
v.m.paduraru, 25.05.2020
Thi guitar has testicles (a terstosteron like, strong caracter ) .
I don t use distortion , being a funky kind of guitarist , and the tones I get from this beauty open up new teritory for me.
Construction is very nice, build fairly solid , Finish is impecable (on mine at least) and they even changed the pickguard, (the one everybody hated) . Its dark, not that rince meat old one , and it just fits, visualy, with the sunburst . When I opened up the box and saw her for the first time I was thrilled .
The neck is good. I ve done just a bit of leveling and now is perfect. The fret ends didn t need intervention. Its not a slim neck , but is not a baseball bat eather. It matches beautifully with the growling tone of the P90 s. Feel and sound go hand in hand on this one.
I have a Tele , Squier Classic Vibe and its my main guitar . I changed its pickups for humbucker sized P90 s, which are something in between a P90 and a single coil , actually. That guitar is gold. Now it has something like a husband in this JA 60. They seem the sides of the same coin ... one feminin , one masculin.
Aside from strings, I wont be changing anything on this guitar. Its just complete the way it is. Its the only one in my collection that is not modified.
The guitar should be more expensive, for its quality.
Its my first Harley Benton , but I ll be buying more , for sure.
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Amazing build quality
JazzLeo, 08.05.2017
I have now owned this guitar for about a year. I fully understand that this is an inexpensive guitar. The single coil pickups are actually very good. The Volume and tone controls are the small diameter variety, but work fine. Tuners are very serviceable. The neck is good quality and well finished and the set up was good right out of the box. If I had paid twice the price, I would not be disappointed. At this price (even including shipping), I am delighted.

My only concerns were the size of the body is slightly reduced from a Fender Jazzmaster sized body. I do bump the pickup switch sometimes while strumming chords, but I have quickly adapted. I may experiment with a switch that has a smaller control handle, maybe a slide or rocker switch.

My good experience with this one was VERY much why I have just recently ordered another Harley Benton Guitar.

Three year update: This guitar is holding up very well, I have loaned it to students and it has needed no repairs or modifications, the action has been very stable, and I am even more satisfied as time has proven it's durability.
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Colour: Sunburst
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
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
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