Harley Benton Custom Line N-150CE BK

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Resonator Guitar

  • Cutaway
  • Body: Plywood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fretboard: Blackwood (Pinus radiata)
  • 21 Frets
  • Scale: 636 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Pickups: 1 Mini-humbucker
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP .012 - .053
  • Black matte
Body Plywood
Fretboard Blackwood
Neck shape Roundneck
Pickup Yes
Nut width in mm 42,00 mm
Frets 21
Colour black
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
available since April 2007
Item number 109523
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Superb quality resonator
RichTea 14.06.2013
I looked, I read the reviews online, thought about it, thought about it some more, and finally bought it. For so little money I could hardly be disappointed. I just had no idea I could be that impressed! This is a great sounding resonator guitar. Unplugged it gives that superb metallic twang reminiscent of those old Dire Straits albums. Out of the box it was superbly set up with a great action. I may tweak the action down the line for some of the slightly more interesting tunings. Dropping the low E to a D did make it buzz a little but that's easily sorted out. Plugged in the sound is a little murky, but tweak the EQ of the desk and it's not half bad. Playing this live a few weeks back everyone was so bowled over with the look and the way the chrome-wear reflected the light that I don't think anyone noticed the sound. But that's me being nitpicking when really it exceeds all expectations. Honestly I couldn't have been more pleased if I'd been given this for free. It's inspired new songwriting, and made older songs that needed that little somethin' somethin' shine. Seriously at this price, and with this good build quality, what's to think about? I would highly recommend this model. Yes, you could spend more and get a high end model but what if your resonator phase is just a passing fad and it ends up sitting in a corner unused? Stop reading this review and buy it now.
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A lot of sound for very few pounds
Hazy Jay 15.08.2021
I purchased this so that I could have a reso/dobro for taking to any jam sessions, and outdoor social gatherings, festivals etc, so that I don't have to take my much more expensive resonator and risk damaging it.

I bought this plywood constructed HB expecting a mediocre sounding guitar at best. What I received, however, has impressed myself and players of a much higher calibre than myself alike with clear, rich tones emanating from the spider cone.

PROS: Solid and sturdy construction. The binding works well to both offer a pleasing aesthetic, and hide where the plywood joint are.
The spider cone projects well with a nice rich tone & resonance.
A pickup and dual-tone/vol controls are a nice plus on a guitar at this price.

CONS: The tuners aren't the greatest. Tightening the gears a little helps, but if I was to mod this guitar I would begin with the tuners as they are they weakest feature of this guitar.

This is a dobro guitar, so as such the neck is slightly thicker than some may be used to for a more normal playing style. However, this guitar plays very well whether slung or lapped. It responds extremely well to a slide, and when in OPEN tunings such as D or G this guitar really sings from the slide.
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My first and best guitar!
Eugfes 13.05.2021
I could not believe it when I saw it - the impression goes above and beyond photos.. It's honest, solid, heavy - and the resonator sound resembles Buddhist singing cups.
The build quality is so good for the price, and it sounds great when it's plugged too.
Definitely a good buy!
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Quality controllers sleeping?
Morten Styren Jauert 25.12.2021
Well, so I thought I'd get me a resonator without paying too much. I have later bought the ResoElectric, and if your wallet allows it I recommend you go for that one straight away. This guitar is nice, neck is good, action fine, sound is ok, though not as loud as you might think when played acoustically. But all in all, it is what it is and if you are disappointed with a resonator at this price range you should stop whining and start saving up to buy a high end guitar in stead.

What did disappoint me though was revealed the moment I plugged it in. It was just noise and statics and buzzing and havoc coming out. Ok, so what to do. I could of course just send it back and get Thomann to fix the problem, or I could smash the instrument to pieces while screaming how I hated the world. Or I could try to fix the problem myself. I did the latter and found a broken wire inside it's belly. Fixed the wire and then everything was peachy creamy. Question is, did anybody really check this guitar before it was sent to the customer? Someone sleeping on the job, maybe?

Conclusion: It's a fine guitar when everything is like it should be. If you're looking for that metallic/banjo-like sound you should go for the ResoElectric, but if you'd like it to sound more like a normal acoustic guitar, but with a slight metallic resonator twist to it, this is totally fine. I don't do slide playing, so I can't help you valuing it as such. But, Thomann, please get your quality control guys to sharpen their game.
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