Harley Benton D-120CE BK

Steel-String Guitar

  • Design: Dreadnought with cutaway
  • Top: Spruce
  • Body: Mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard inlays: Dot
  • Cream-coloured bindings on the body and neck
  • Scale: 650 mm (25.59")
  • Nut width: 42.5 mm (1.67")
  • 20 Frets
  • Bridge: Roseacer (thermally treated maple wood)
  • Pickup includes preamp with volume control and 4-band EQ
  • Machine heads: Chrome-plated diecast
  • Strings: .010 - .047
  • Colour: Black, high-gloss
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Top Spruce
Back and Sides Sapelli, Mahogany
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Roseacer
Nut width in mm 42,50 mm
Frets 20
Pickups Yes
Colour Black
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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A playable electro-acoustic guitar straight out of the box for £58 - how can you go wrong?
SamD, 11.11.2014
I set up budget guitars in my spare time and bought this acoustic as something of an experiment. About a year ago I bought another Harley Benton (a Les Paul gold top copy) which was pretty well made but also pretty badly set up. However, after fret-levelling, re-profiling and polishing and sorting out the action (bridge and nut) it now plays better than any other Les Paul copy I've had. On that basis I wanted to try out a HB acoustic to see if, for almost no money, I could end up with a decent instrument.

The D-120 came pretty well packed (a conventional guitar shaped box inside a large rectangular box) and felt very light. The first thing that greeted me on unwrapping was a 2mm chip to the top edge of the headstock; disappointing but for £58 not worth initiating a return for since I can drop a bit of black lacquer in there to fill anyway.

First impressions when unpacked were how light and how thin the construction of this guitar is (even by comparison with my 2002 Fender CD60). It's very black and very shiny but in patches the lacquer is so thin you can see the wood grain through it. It wouldn't take much to wear through to the wood sadly. A quick all-over check revealed a decent-looking instrument; 20 frets on a nice shaped neck, basic sealed tuners, lousy Chinese strings, a little EQ unit (9v battery supplied!) and a jackplug input socket that was loose. That is a REAL hassle on a guitar like this. Getting a hand or tool inside there to hold the internal part of the jack socket still while tightening down on the outside is going to be a challenge. Enough now to send back and request another one? Mmmm. Still no. It's too much hassle and I'm sure I can sort it out - but both this and the chipped headstock are basic quality control issues that should have been sorted and which could really spoil this guitar for someone without the experience and confidence to fix it themselves.

To my surprise the action on this guitar is not too bad straight out of the box. The tuners are 'all or nothing' and sticky but kind of work. The frets are awfully finished and scratchy as hell meaning string bends leave you wincing (but I can take care of that). But here's the thing: despite its several little faults, this thing is playable straight out of the box. It sounds pretty good acoustically and even better when plugged into my amp (which I have to say ISN'T a dedicated acoustic guitar amp).

So for £58 plus £10 postage what you get is a lightweight electro-acoustic guitar that plays better than almost anything else you're likely to find for so little money (apart from getting lucky and finding a second hand Fender or Vintage acoustic locally via eBay or Gumtree). This Harley Benton confirms my previous HB experience: these are great guitars IF you are able to put right the small niggling problems AND do some thorough set up work (including fret levelling & dressing). Otherwise this is still not a bad first guitar for a learner for almost no money - certainly far better than the all-too-common first 'acoustic' guitar that turns out to be an unplayable and cheap classical :-)
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A surprisingly good guitar
MrPowell, 28.08.2020
I didn't anticipate much at this price point, but this is quite a good guitar.

My only real critiques are with the bridge of the guitar, and the bridge pins.

The bridge is a less refined, and seemingly softer piece of wood. It seems to have been rather rough cut, and could use some love from a cabinet scraper. The holes for the bridge pin aren't the cleanest work, and the wood here is pretty soft.

Some of the bridge pins seem to have been forced in a little too far, which considering the soft wood, and the cheap bridge pins, makes them rather hard to get back out again.

I've yet to plug it in to a PA system, so I can't speak to the amplification, but acoustically the guitar sounds great. Fit and finish are surprisingly decent, and it was set up fairly well when it made it to me.
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For the money, this is great.
Aloo Gobi, 09.03.2021
Purchased on a whim, when I needed an acoustic I could bring on the road and DI for two songs in the set. Met every expectation.

Easy to play, sounds a lot better than you'd expect for the price. The fret edges were fine, the action was good. Played right out of the box. I knew when buying it that I wasn't going to be getting anything amazing but for two songs a night that require an acoustic, this is more than fine.
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Great quality to price ratio - just buy it!
TST86, 19.08.2020
This is my first regular steel string guitar, purchased for recreational home use. I've been playing classical and electrical guitars for over 15 years though.

I am absolutely stunned by the quality to price ratio for this guitar, have been playing it for about half a year now. It sounds really nice and full for a guitar in this price range. Also a big fan of how it looks. It's classy. Although mainly used in-house these days I would not at all mind using it for a gig.

Cons? Nothing really. I just did not yet find a way to get a great sound out of the pre-amp to direct record/amplify the guitar, but recording the guitar with a microphone (BETA 58A shure) works pretty well.

Conclusion: All in all, for this price, you should NOT AT ALL DOUBT - just buy it!

Delivery and reliability of service of Thomann so far has been great btw, thanks guys. Can't wait to come by the real store one day.
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