Harley Benton TE-30 BE Standard Series

Electric guitar

  • Body: Ash
  • Bolted maple neck
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Dot inlays
  • 21 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Neck radius: 13,78"
  • Double-action truss-rod
  • Pickups: 2 TE-Style single coils
  • 1 Volume and 1 tone control
  • 3-Way switch
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • String strength from factory: .009 - .042
  • Colour: Blonde, high-gloss
No JavaScript? No Audio Samples! :-(

Audio Examples

 
0:00
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Indie
  • Crossover Rock

Further Information

Colour Blonde
Pickups SS
Fretboard Maple
Tremolo None
Body Ash
Top None
Neck Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

Come up with your own creative bundle and save

If you order this product together with others as part of a bundle, you can save up to 5 % additionally!
Harley Benton TE-30 BE Standard Series + Harley Benton HB-20R +
12 more
Configure bundle now
starting from $170
Harley Benton TE-30 BE Standard Series + Harley Benton Valuestrings 010 +
9 more
Configure bundle now
starting from $109

These are other customers' choices:

Customers who looked at this item have bought these:

Harley Benton TE-30 BE Standard Series
37% bought this exact product
Harley Benton TE-30 BE Standard Series
Available immediately
Available immediately

This item is in stock and can be dispatched immediately.

Standard Delivery Times
$109 Add to Basket
Harley Benton TE-52 NA Vintage Series
15% bought Harley Benton TE-52 NA Vintage Series $155
Harley Benton TE-20MN CA Standard Series
8% bought Harley Benton TE-20MN CA Standard Series $87
Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley
7% bought Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley $155
Harley Benton TE-20 BK Standard Series
6% bought Harley Benton TE-20 BK Standard Series $87
Our most popular T Style Guitars
628 Customer Ratings:
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
4.4 /5
  • features
  • sound
  • quality
Total
features
sound
quality
TE-30 My second Telecaster style guitar purchase from Thomann
An old soundman from the analog days, 13.03.2020
After watching many reviews, I purchased my TE-30 as one of a batch of three guitars. (shipping to Canada is expensive but is one price for up to three guitars, so...) a SC 450 Gold Top; a TE-52 and this TE-30. The latter two are telecaster style guitars both with Ash body and Maple neck. Of interest to me was that, while the TE-30 is significantly less expensive than the TE-52, the basic construction and materials are the same. These are both quite heavy coming in at just shy of nine pounds each but I like the weight (for the balance) and the tele style, and so took a chance on the two. I was not disappointed. The TE-30 is a beautiful guitar. I checked first for shipping rash or other damage and there was none. (well done Thomann, CBSA, and shippers!) After a careful visual inspection and a quick tune, I verified the switching, volume, and tone pots. I found all functions on the TE 30 respond exactly like those on the TE-52. The electronics on both are smooth, predictable, and effective. The pickups are the same on both guitars and sound very good even against a traditional telecaster. I also found the volume level between the bridge and neck pickups to be well balanced with neither louder than the other at the same setting. So, the pickup resistances must be close which suggests to me a reasonable level of quality control at the manufacturer (which is a good thing). So, what are the differences that cause the TE-30 to be significantly less expensive than the TE-52? I have not yet had the pick guards off and so cannot speak to some possible difference in the switches or pots used but I can say both guitars respond in very much the same way and so probably have the same guts. There is, however, a very significant difference in the tuning keys. The TE-52 has very nice Kluson style tuners while those on the TE-30 are less interesting. While neither are top of the line tuners, (they cannot be at this price point) those on the TE-30 are just not as precise. They have a small but noticeable dead spot between tightening and loosening. Oddly, on mine at least, this is the almost exactly the same across all six tuners which suggests to me it is a design issue and not some random thing. To the positive, once tuned they do hold well. (I will probably change them out at some point though) The only other 'issues' I've come across so far are probably best described as routine maintenance. I put a quarter turn on the truss rod to address some unnecessary relief. The quarter turn did the trick so I know the truss rod is good. And, as with the TE-52, I set the intonation and lowered the strings to where I like them. Pretty routine stuff.

I find my TE-30 and the other two HB's I bought to be a truly excellent value. It will be interesting to see how well they endure over time. For anyone who may be wondering... Yes, if this guitar is ever stolen from me, I will absolutely buy another TE-30!
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
features
sound
quality
Simply unbelievable.
Mofosir, 05.01.2018
I always wanted a telecaster, but somehow never got one. Since I couldn't spend a whole heap of money on one, I kept trying out guitars that went somewhere around 250 euro, but I never found them likable, they never sounded like a tele should. So, after reading lots of good reviews, and having purchased a Harley Benton strat before, I thought I'd give it a shot, thinking that if it turned out to be lousy, it'd be a good modding base, but how wrong was I. This guitar is simply unbelievable, especially for a mere 89EU. Upon inspection, I could find no flaws in the overall finish of the guitar - the color looks great, lighter than in the pictures, creamy, very sweet, the neck is of a satin finish and is extremely comfortable, the tuners are alright, the spin ratio seems good enough, though I see why some would want to upgrade, though I would rather suggest trying rolling string trees first. But as of now, it stays in tune. The pickup switch feels cheapish, but it does it's job fine and it's not something that would bother me since an "upgrade" is very very cheap. Now, these things that I mentioned are absolute nitpicks, as the guitar looks and plays amazing.

Firstly, the neck - many that reviewed this commented on how fat or wide the neck is, ala the baseball bat neck. While it is surely subjective, I find the neck to be very comfortable as I dislike very thin, flat ones. It's similar to the HB ST-62 strat, but a tad slinkier, and feels much much faster. The satin finish is very nice and helps with slides. As this is my first guitar with a satin neck, I am absolutely loving it! The fret job is great, no sharp ends, everything is rounded off and such, really extremely impressive for this price! The only bit that was wonky was that the frets themselves weren't fully polished, but that went away after playing for a couple of hours. The leveling is astonishing, considering the price, no buzz, nothing. Also, the action was great right out of the box. I must be lucky or something.

Electronics - I have no quarrel with them. I quite enjoy the pickups, the middle position is very chimy and full, the bridge is biting, snaps right back at You, just as a proper tele should, and the neck is heavenly. I also should mention that it must be properly shielded because it doesn't buzz anywhere nearly as much as I expected, considering it's single coils.

Body - it's a two piece, and let me tell You, it's damn heavy. I don't mind it since I'm used to an LP that weighs a ton, but even so I was surprised since it weighs exactly as much as the full blown LP! I'm used to the weight and have a good back, but I can see how this could be an issue for some, so beware - it is darn heavy!

Playability - honestly, it's one of the best playing guitars I've ever played and I've been playing for over 15 years and played a whole lot of guitars. I bought this on the basis that my HB ST-62 strat was surprisingly okay, since I wanted something that would lay around the house, but Jesus is this nicer that the strat! The neck is miles away and overall it just feels good.

You may choose not to believe me, it might sound like a bought review but I absolutely swear that it is not so, it's just a very very good guitar. Maybe I lucked out and got the best one, I don't know, but once I've picked it up and plugged in I couldn't stop playing for a couple of hours! Very comfy, and startlingly versatile.

Overall - I honestly can't believe that I payed only 89 euro for this, it's comfortable, sound great, looks great too!
Would I recommend?

YES.

You'd be a fool not to get one of these.
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
features
sound
quality
a great tele doesn't need to be fancy, it's a hammer!
Boyan Hristov, 23.07.2020
It's great.

Country, blues, jazz, soul, funk, RnB, rock. Great for slide too!

Sounds great and it sounds like a tele should. The pickups are great. I don't see a need to upgrade them. The finish is gorgeous. It is heavy. It may be ash, but it's not swamp ash.

It's a top loader too, for me that's a feature - the strings don't go through the body, but through the bridge. It feels slinkier. One of my favorite tele players, Jim Campilongo, plays a 59 tele that is a top loader.

After playing it for a month the frets' ends popped out of the fingerboard. Ouch. That means the neck has dried up and shrunk, thus exposing the frets out of the fretboard.
I imagine they are churning tons of these cheap guitars and don't care to properly wait to dry the wood. Fixing this here in Copenhagen will cost probably more than the guitar... Might be better to buy the files and do it myself...

The Pickguard Disaster.

I find the mother-of-pearl pickguard very time period inappropriate and kitsch. How did they overlooked this aesthetically is beyond me. A simple black or white pickguard would have been better for such a simple and classic guitar. To add insult to the injury, apparently the Harley Benton pick guards they sell don't fit Harley Benton guitars. I ordered some standard replacement for the actual brand tele and that didn't fit either. Don't waste money on that.

I painted mine with a black permanent non water soluble marker. It's absolutely gorgeous now. Since I play daily I've had to touch it up a couple of times, I don't mind at all, it takes me 10 seconds.


The Tuners

I also changed the tuners, thought the ones it came with were totally functional, even if not the greatest. I put the cheapest klusons with oval peg heads, just so it looks more like a classic tele. Honestly, other than the looks the cheap tuners weren't an essential upgrade - could have kept the original ones.

What I'd love to see on Harley Benton guitars in general (This is my 2nd one) is staggered tuners so they don't have to use these ridiculous looking string trees. I hope they are listening.

I don't use the string tree for the D and G strings - I bend behind the nut.


The Jack and The Nut

The jack is the worst. It's cheap and it comes off, you have to tighten it all the time. That and the nut will be my next upgrade. The nut is cut poorly, with the B string cut closer to the G string than it should be.

The jack on my fusion Hb is also pretty bad, I hope Thomann listens...

The guitar also will need to be shielded.

The neck is nice and chunky and very comfortable.
The neck joint is absolutely outstanding.

The electronics are totally fine - the pots feel smooth and I love the tapper on both the volume and tone - bravo Harley Benton!

Even with the frets popping out, this was a great purchase. I love playing this guitar, it sounds as good as any great tele I've ever played at a fraction of the price tag.

This tele is more real than a lot of the cheap F brand teles you can buy for 2/3 times the money. So if you care more about the tone than what the logo on the headstock says then this is a no brainer.

I've been a professional musician since the late 1990s
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
features
sound
quality
Cheap and effective.
RobM, 17.01.2018
I've been a Les Paul user for years and recently wanted to diverge into the world of telecasters. They're known to be versatile guitars so why not give them a try. I didn't fancy splashing out big money in case I didn't like it so based on the reviews the TE-30 seemed like it would be worth a shot seeing as it costs less than ¤90! Here are my thoughts:

Service from Thomann:
The guitar was dispatched the next day after my order was placed. The delivery was took 2 weeks which is longer than I have experienced before, the package seemed to be stuck in the export centre for a few days but obviously Thomann isn't at fault for this. The guitar arrived very well packaged and protected.

Finish:
The first thing I noticed was the weight of the guitar. It's very heavy compared to other teles I've held. This isn't a problem though as I'm used to the weight of Les Pauls and it makes the TE-30 feels very solid and sturdy. The paint job is very decent quality. The colour is more creamy than the pictures depict with a nice, even coating of high gloss lacquer. The grain of the ash is visible through the finish which looks very well. The only issue is there seems to be a small pen/pencil mark on the wood that is slightly visible through the finish, but it's not in a noticeable area so it doesn't bother me. The pickguard is well made, fits perfect and not cheap looking at all. However it is not quite to my taste so I replaced it with a black one. Just to note aftermarket pickguards aren't a direct fit so a little trimming and re-drilling is needed. The neck and headstock are finished in a light coat of lacquer, this keeps the original colour of the raw maple and doesn't have a shiny tacky finish which I really like.

Hardware:
Firstly the pickups, they are a lot better than I expected and sound as a Telecaster should. The neck sounds fantastic both clean and distorted. The bridge is good too and works well with the neck pup in the middle position, but it's missing some clarity and definition, it's usable but I replaced it anyway. The bridge causes no issues and is totally usable but for accurate intonation adjustments it might be worthwhile to swap the saddles out which I plan to do eventually. The tuners are one area where cost-cutting is evident. These should be the first thing to change, I had to tune the guitar every time I picked it up, and they didn't turn particularly well either. Some of the screws on both the tuners and string trees were only screwed in half way which led to a lot of rattle, I tried to screw them in the rest of the way but they wouldn't turn and eventually the top of one rounded off.

Playability:
First off the frets were not good, at all. The strings grated off them when performing bends. A fret level and re-crown sorted this and it now plays very well. The neck is very comfortable to play and the guitar is well balanced both on a strap and sitting down.

Overall this guitar is fantastic value for money. The body and neck are excellent quality so it makes it an ideal base for building a superb instrument on. Obviously at ¤89 there have been some corners cut with the hardware but after upgrading the tuners, strings, bridge pickup, a set up and some other mods of my own preference I now have a guitar that plays as well as one 10 times more expensive! I highly recommend the TE-30 if you are willing to put a small bit of more work into it to unleash it's full potential.
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Show variations of this product
Harley Benton TE-30 BE Standard Series
(628)
Harley Benton TE-30 BE Standard Series

Electric guitar Body: Ash, Bolted maple neck, Neck profile: C, Fretboard: Maple, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Dot inlays, 21 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 42 mm, Neck radius: 13,78", Double-action...

  • Colour: Blonde
  • Pickups: SS
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Ash
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Harley Benton Electric Guitar Kit T-Style
(1049)
Harley Benton Electric Guitar Kit T-Style

T-Style Electric Guitar Kit Complete DIY set, Bolt-on neck, Body: Rengas (wood colour may vary), Neck: Maple, Fretboard: Amaranth, Fretboard inlays: DOT, "Double Action" truss rod, Neck profile: C,...

  • Colour: Natural
  • Pickups: SS
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Hardwood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Harley Benton TE-40 TBK Deluxe Series
(502)
Harley Benton TE-40 TBK Deluxe Series

Electric Guitar Body: Basswood, Top: Ash, Bolt-on neck: Maple, Fretboard: Pau Ferro, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, 22 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 43 mm, Dual action truss rod, Pickups: 2 Roswell...

  • Colour: Black
  • Pickups: HH
  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Basswood
  • Top: Ash
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Harley Benton TE-52 NA Vintage Series
(836)
Harley Benton TE-52 NA Vintage Series

Electric Guitar Body: American ash, Bolt-on neck: Canadian maple with roseacer skunk stripe, Neck profile: C, Fretboard: Maple, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Fretboard inlays: Dot, 21 Frets, Scale: 648...

  • Colour: Natural
  • Pickups: SS
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Ash
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Harley Benton TE-90QM Trans Red
(248)
Harley Benton TE-90QM Trans Red

Electric Guitar Chambered body: Mahogany, Top: Flamed maple, Bolt-on neck: Maple, Fretboard: Amaranth, Fretboard inlays: Abalone dots, Ivory body binding, Nut: Bonoid, 22 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut...

  • Colour: Red
  • Pickups: P90, P90
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Tremolo: No
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Harley Benton TE-20 SB Standard Series
(411)
Harley Benton TE-20 SB Standard Series

Electric Guitar Body: Basswood, Bolt-on maple neck, Neck profile: Modern C, Fretboard: Amaranth, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Dot inlays, 22 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 42 mm, Double action truss...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Pickups: SS
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Hardwood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Harley Benton TE-20 BK Standard Series
(306)
Harley Benton TE-20 BK Standard Series

Electric Guitar Bolt-on neck, Body: Basswood, Neck: Maple, Neck profile: Modern C, Fretboard: Armaranth, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Dot fretboard inlays, 22 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 42 mm,...

  • Colour: Black
  • Pickups: SS
  • Fretboard: Amaranth
  • Tremolo: None
  • Body: Hardwood
  • Top: None
  • Neck: Maple
  • Frets: 21
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
$109 €93.97
The shipping costs are calculated on the checkout page.

The price in USD is a guideline price only!

Available immediately
Available immediately

This item is in stock and can be dispatched immediately.

Standard Delivery Times
Share This Product
Your Contacts
Phone: +49-9546-9223-20
FAX: +49-9546-9223-24
Online Guides
E-Guitars
E-Guitars
Electric guitars are ten a penny and nowadays there are at least as many models and makers to choose from.
Online Guides
Guitar Setups
Guitar Setups
The range of available guitars and amps has never been greater than it is today, and a huge variety of sounds are easily accessible.
 
 
 
 
 
video
Harley Benton TE-30
0:57
Thomann TV
Harley Benton TE-30
 
 
 
 
 
test results:
Offers include VAT and are valid as long as stocks last. We do not accept liability for typographical errors or inaccurate information of any kind. *RRP = manufacturer's / distributor's recommended retail price in Germany
(6)
Recently Viewed
Behringer RD-6-SR

Behringer RD-6-SR; Analog Drum Machine; 8 Drum-Sounds: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Low Tom, High Tom, Cymbal, Clap, Open Hi-Hat und Closed Hi-Hat; volume control for all instruments and the Accent track; build-in distortion effect with controls for intensity and tone;...

Recently Viewed
Fender Billie Eilish Concert Ukulele

Fender Billie Eilish Concert Ukulele, concert ukulele, signature, top and body sapele, nato neck, hardwood neck laminated, neck binding, 16 frets, nut width 35mm (1,375"), scale 381mm (15"), fishman kula preamp, open gear tuners, abalone rosette, finish black satin with...

(2)
Recently Viewed
Harley Benton Dullahan-FT 24 Roasted IB

Headless Electric Guitar Ergonomically shaped alder body, Bolt-on neck: Roasted Canadian flamed maple, Roasted maple fretboard, Fretboard inlays: Black offset dots, Neck profile: Modern C, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 42 mm, Graph Tech TUSQ...

Recently Viewed
Fender CuNiFe Wide Range Humb. Neck

Fender CuNiFe Wide Range Humbucker Neck; Telecaster Humbucker; Resistance: 10.1 - 10.7k; Color: Chrome

Recently Viewed
Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Monitor 3G

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Monitor 3G; Video output device for 3G-SDI and HDMI playback via laptop or desktop computer equipped with Thunderbolt 3; supports professional SDI and HDMI monitoring in 10-bit broadcast quality of material from common editing software such as...

Recently Viewed
Presonus AudioBox 96 Studio Ult 25th An

USB Audio Interface Recording Set Consists of AudioBox USB 96 25th Anniversary Edition, Studio One Artist + Studio Magic Plugin Suite (Ableton - Live Lite, Arturia - Analog Lab Lite 3 and many more) (ESD download), Eris E3.5 active...

Recently Viewed
Nux Optima Air NAI 5

Nux Optima Air NAI 5; Effects Pedal for Electric & Acoustic guitar; dual-switch acoustic guitar simulator with a preamp for acoustic and electric guitar, 15 built-in acoustic guitar profiles with IR level control, 9 Preset slots; Controls: Reverb, IR Level,...

(1)
Recently Viewed
Thomann ComboDesk88 - designed by Zaor

Producer Workstation Designed by Zaor, Ideal for home and project studios, Extremely sturdy and ergonomic construction, 19" Racks with a total of 3x 3 U, Includes cover plates for 19" racks for expanding the table surface and rack rail,...

(4)
Recently Viewed
Behringer RD-6-AM

Behringer RD-6-AM; Analog Drum Machine; Acid Smiley Edition; 8 Drum-Sounds: Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Low Tom, High Tom, Cymbal, Clap, Open Hi-Hat und Closed Hi-Hat; volume control for all instruments and the Accent track; build-in distortion effect with controls for...

Recently Viewed
Kala U-Bass Nomad 4 NT

Kala U-Bass Nomad 4 NT, acoustic-electric U-Bass, 20 13/16" (528 mm) scale, 29 3/8" (746 mm) overall length, Mahogany top, Mahogany back and sides, Mahogany neck, 16 frets, Rosewood fingerboard, Graph Tech NuBone nut, composite saddle, custom black die cast...

Recently Viewed
Larry Carlton S7FM TBL

Electric Guitar Body: Alder, Top: Flamed maple, Bolt-on neck: Roasted maple, Fretboard: Roasted maple, Abalone Dots fretboard inlays, 22 Medium jumbo frets, Scale length: 648 mm (25.5"), Fretboard radius: 241 mm (9.5"), Nut width: 42 mm (1.65"), Bone nut,...

Recently Viewed
RME HDSPe AIO Pro

RME HDSPe AIO Pro; 30-channel PCI Express audio interface; 192 kHz / 24 bit; ADI-2 Pro converters AK5572 and 2 x AK4490; the entire analog input range relies on the circuit design of the ADI-2 Pro (+24 / +19 /...

Give Feedback
Feedback Found an error or want to give us feedback about this page?

We're looking forward to hearing from you and aim to solve any problems as soon as we can.