Harley Benton TE-80 NT Deluxe Series

Electric Guitar

  • Deluxe Series
  • Body: Ash
  • Laminated top made of flamed maple
  • Walnut body stripes
  • Bolt-on neck made of Canadian maple
  • C neck profile
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 21 Frets
  • Black body binding
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Tortoise pickguard
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell Alnico STA-BLK Single Coils
  • 1 Volume knob and 1 tone knob
  • 3-Way pickup switch
  • Hardtail bridge
  • Deluxe hardware
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: D'Addario .010 - .046
  • Colour: Natural, high gloss
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Colour Natural
Pickups SS
Fretboard Maple
Tremolo None
Body Ash
Top Maple
Neck Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
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Incl. Bag No

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Гитара c интересной к&#108
AD13..., 03.04.2021
Хочется надеяться, что другим повезло больше, но мой экземпляр неприятно удивил: не оказалось ни одного элемента/компонента гитары, которые не вызывали бы нарекания - в лучшем случае сделано небрежно и неаккуратно, но есть и очевидный производственный брак. Отмечу наиболее вызывающие недостатки:
1. Один колок имеет выраженные производственные дефекты. Он не был сломан, он именно бракованный - при литье не сформирована небольшая часть корпуса колка. ОЧЕВИДНО бракованный колок использовали для сборки инструмента и контроль качества это пропустил!
2. Гриф. Его словно украли с другого инструмента - не соответствует ни описанию, ни фотографиям на сайте Thomann. Он намного Уже чем в описании - 41мм у верхнего порожка, а не 43мм. Паз для крепления грифа в корпусе имеет щели до 1мм (по бокам и даже под грифом!). Skunk stripe, склеенный из отдельных кусков (был сломан в двух местах?), небрежно вклеен в гриф, большие щели замазаны клеем.
3. Магнитопроводы звукоснимателей облеплены бахромой металлической стружки (о, боже!!lol).
4. Крепления для ремня - самые дешевые, с резиновыми проставками, максимально криво посаженными, - совершенно не то, что на фотографиях.
Производитель, конечно, вправе вносить изменения в модель, но покупатель имеет право на достоверную информацию о приобретаемом товаре!
К слову, на гитаре отсутствовала привычная наклейка QC, видимо постеснялись...
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Not QUITE an Anderson Madcat ...
08.07.2015
I'd been thinking about getting one of these for some time, always been a bit of a Prince nut, and spurred on by the total lack of bad reviews I bit the bullet and ordered. I'm glad I did ... This is probably the best bang for your buck that I've ever seen, and just so you know, I'm a trained luthier. I did 3 years at MANchester College of Arts and Technology so I sort of know what I'm talking about.
I have to say that ideally I'd like to sit down with 10 of 20 of these and compare them. A bit of internet research seems to indicate that Harley Benton Guitars are made by Saein Guitars who market as Shine but I also have a Harley Benton MS-60 Mustang-ish copy and they don't feel like the same factory to me but really that's just a guess.
The body on this thing is great ... a bit on the heavy side but it is a solid Ash 2 piece with a maple veneer on the top with a Walnut centre stripe. The neck is more C than D. Maple with a skunk stripe but it is a 2 piece (separate fretboard) though this makes no difference at all to the tone or playability and from more than 2 feet away you couldn't tell. The frets are fairly level and even (I had a bit of a buzz on the top E string at the 10th fret but a single tap with my fretting hammer cured it completely.
The pickups are Wilkinson Strat type alnico V's which I've never used before, good output, really chimey and give a Stratty-ish quack with the selector switch in the centre position. I have to say at this point that if you want a traditional Tele sound then don't buy this guitar, it is what it is, and that's more of a Tele/Strat hybrid than a Tele.
The pots are little 16mm things and I can't see the impedance marked on them but I suspect 500k (I will measure the values when I restring it) and the cap is the cheapest green poly that money can buy. Cap makes no difference at all other than altering the rate of treble cut when the tone control is turned but I am going to try some full size 250k pots because I'm a bit analy retentive. No one will be able to hear the difference at the moment but in a years time they may be less crackly and a bit warmer sounding but unless you buy 2 guitars and set one up with 500k and one with 250k no one would be able to remember any difference.
I own a 59 Gretsch, a 62 Danelectro, an ex Jo Strummer/Kate Korris mid 70's SG, a late 50's Burns Vista sonic and a late 50's Framus Grand Star as well as assorted far eastern hacks .... and since I got this guitar it's the only one I've played.
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Didn't believe it would be this good
stimpy100, 01.04.2021
I had read plenty of reviews about this guitar and didn't really believe the guitar could be as good as what people were saying. Some even said they play this instead of guitars worth thousands. Yeah right!

Yeah, right.

I normally play a 90's Gibson Les Paul but wanted something with a different sound - either a Strat or Tele. This guitar got my interest because a) it looked amazingly cool, and b) it had 2 single coils. I hadn't played a "cheap" guitar for years but remembered them being very difficult to play, with taught strings, or with a really high action, bad tuners, crappy sound - that sort of thing.

I can barely believe how good this guitar is for £160. I'm boring my wife to death with telling her.

It's really easy to play, and nicely set up, although the action could definitely be lower around the 12 fret. The sound is absolutely brilliant, a real joy to hear. I am so pleased with the quality of the sound. It's got great twang and is fantastic for rhythm or lead. I've been playing almost exclusively with a clean tone.

Some people have mentioned the weight of the guitar - and it is heavy, although as I said I play a 90s Les Paul usually so it doesn't bother me in the slightest.

Finish is as per the photos on this site - absolutely stunning.

Some of the fret ends could do with filing down but it doesn't bother me and apparently that's really easy to fix.

In short, the playability, look and sound of the guitar are fantastic, and absolutely jaw dropping for this low price.

And... it's true - I haven't played my Les Paul since getting this guitar. :)
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Telecaster with a Twist!
Mr.Gandalf, 24.03.2021
After trying out various Harley Benton guitars (Sc custom II, Dc600IV, ST62DLX) I had to get a telecaster shape guitar. The Harley Benton TE-80 NT Deluxe Series is not the average Telescater you might expect. Personally I found out it sounds nothing to a traditional telecaster but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. The sound is closer to a Stratocaster and the only time it sounds like a telecaster it’s when you play the pickups in the middle position.

What surprised me the most was the weight on this guitar. I think it easily weights around 4.5 kg but if you have a solid strap the weight gets distributed.

Tight out of the box the guitar presented itself spot on perfect. It’s actually a first for me, since all the previous Harley Bentons I bought required some work or at least a small upgrade.

Proceeding with the PRO’s and CON’s:

PRO’s:

- the guitar has a superb flame finish and no bangs or flaws are present. It really looks like a boutique instrument;

-The fretwork is nicely done and you can bend for days on it;

- the electronics are nicely done, nu hums or scratchy noises;

-the nut is just fine, but I might change it in the future;

- the tuning keys work okay, but you need to tighten with a screwdriver for better results when tuning, although they will most likely be changed with Kluson tuners;

- strap buttons are alright.

CON’s:

-I would like if Harley Benton would put the actually weight of their guitars in the description. Not that I have a problem with a guitar being heavy but it might help in the future.

- the guitar neck has the right size (personally I like chunky necks) so I can’t tell if the neck should be thinner, but I dislike the unfinished feeling. Feels like somebody rushed the process. The ST62 DLX has a much better finish on the neck.

- string trees are kinda flimsy and they look cheap;

-rather than putting just a simple single coil int he bridge Harley Benton should consider adding from t he factory humbucker single coil style pick-ups, I think more people would appreciate that.

- on the Thomann website when scrolling thru the The Harley Benton TE-80 NT Deluxe Series photos I noticed on the back of the headstock that is made in Indonesia, mine has MADE IN CHINA. I understand it’s all about production cost but please be HONEST WITH WHAT YOU SELL. Personally China or Indonesia makes no differences to me as long quality control does their job.

- this guitar passed QC on the 2020-12-26 LGQ. It takes them a while to get shipped.

All in all this guitar is cool and I will keep it as it looks fantastic! Harley Benton did a good job and for 185 euro's you get an instrument that puts to shame a lot of more expensive brands. Keep it up team Benton!
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