- Body: American ash
- Bolt-on neck: Caramelised Canadian maple with Roseacer skunk stripe
- Fretboard: Caramelised maple
- Dot inlays
- Neck profile: C
- Fretboard radius: 305 mm
- 21 Frets
- Scale: 648 mm
- Nut width: 42 mm
- Pickups: 2 Roswell TEA Alnico-5 TE-style single coils
- 1 Volume and 1 tone control
- 3-Way switch
- Deluxe chrome hardware
- Kluson-style machine heads
- Factory strings: .010 - .046
- Colour: Natural High- gloss
A tribute to the classic
Classic looks, classic specifications, classic sound: The Harley Benton TE-52 NA is a typical T-style guitar whose special feature is its price-performance ratio. With an American ash body and, since the model’s 2021 facelift, a roasted maple neck and fingerboard, this guitar matches the characteristics of far more expensive models. Other features include high-quality single-coil pickups from Roswell and vintage-style hardware that sounds as authentic as it looks. If there’s anything that doesn't quite fit about this model, then it's the low price.
The natural wood look of the ash body features an attractive grain and a high-gloss finish, while the neck sports a matt finish for increased playing comfort. Speaking of the neck: This features a glued-on maple fretboard and is particularly robust and resistant to warping, as the wood has been caramelised (a type of roasting). The design of the bridge allows both string-through-body and toploader stringing methods to be used. Circuitry has been kept very clean and simple: Volume control, tone control, and selector switch. This three-way switch allows the player to flip easily between the pickups, with the "humbucking" middle position suppressing interference. The machine heads have retained their authentic vintage design, and two string trees ensure that the top strings do not come unseated from the nut, even when struck hard.
The sound that everyone loves
Pricewise, this guitar is in a range aimed at beginners, but advanced players may also be tempted to get a hold of one if they are looking to add a solid T-style sound to their setup without having to invest too much. If you are more into Classic Rock music, Blues, or Country than Heavy Metal, you will find a more than suitable partner in this guitar. The Harley Benton TE-52 characteristically offers a very direct, bright, and crisp sound (great for these music genres), which is further enhanced by the wood combination and Alnico V pickups from Roswell. The bridge design and metal plate under the bridge pickup also ensure that the sound is not too thin.
About Harley Benton
Since 1998, the Harley Benton brand has been catering for the needs of numerous guitarists and bassists. In addition to an extensive range of stringed instruments, Thomann's house brand also offers a wide choice of amplifiers, speakers, effect pedals, and other accessories. In total, the range includes over 1,500 products. Built by established names in the industry, all Harley Benton products combine quality and reliability at attractive and affordable prices. The continuous expansion of the range ensures that Harley Benton always provides new, exciting, and innovative products that keep players perfectly in tune with the musical world, day after day.
A simple guitar with many possibilities
Whether as a guitar for rehearsal spaces, as a backup or beginner's instrument, or simply for classic T-style sounds that you can't get with your existing guitar collection, the list of possible applications for a Harley Benton TE-52 is long. And the quality of this model is just as attractive as its price tag. A feature that is unusual at this price point is the use of roasted maple, which was introduced as part of the model’s 2021 facelift. The classic design means it is also compatible with a large number of parts, including a wide variety of pickups, pickguards, and machine heads, making this a model with considerable potential for customisation. Yet even without any modifications, the TE-52 is still a powerful instrument. For beginners in particular, we recommended one of our bundle deals as an alternative to purchasing the guitar on its own. Or you can put together your own individual Creative Bundle with all the accessories necessary for your setup, such as gigbags, straps, and amplifiers.
In the spotlight
String-through vs. toploader
The bridge of the Harley Benton TE-52 allows strings to be changed by either pulling them through the body, which puts more pressure on the saddles and increases sustain (the length of time the strings vibrate), or they can be pulled through the holes on the rear side, which makes string bending easier. The choice of methods means you can experiment over time and decide for yourself which you prefer. Many musicians combine both variants – string-through-body and toploader – to cater to their sound needs. There is no "wrong" method here and, more importantly, whichever variant you choose, your sound will not suffer.
Caramelising is one of a range of heat treatment methods that can be applied to wood. This method, which is a relatively recent development, is used in order to give new and/or alternative woods the same tonal characteristics as older, matured tone woods (some of which are now protected by conservation laws and can thus no longer be sold). The wood is placed in a special computer-controlled oven and dried to a pre-determined degree – in other words, its natural drying phase is artificially shortened. This process also increases the wood’s resistance to warping while also changing its visual appearance by darkening its colour and making the pattern of the grain more distinct.
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