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Harley Benton TE-20HH SBK Standard Series

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Electric Guitar

  • Standard series
  • Basswood body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Roseacer fretboard
  • DOT fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: modern C
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • 22 Frets
  • Pickups: 2 humbuckers
  • 1 x Volume and 1 x tone control
  • 3-Way switch
  • DLX TE bridge
  • Double-action truss rod
  • DLX DieCast machine heads
  • Black hardware
  • Strings: .010 "- .046"
  • Colour: Matt Black

Further Information

Colour Black Matt
Pickups HH
Fretboard Roseacer
Tremolo None
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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Not a Tele knockoff
Riffmeister, 30.06.2021
This is a great guitar, a couple of simple tweaks after it arrived and it plays like a dream. This is not a cheap Fender/Squire knockoff guitar this is its own beast. The modern C neck and 12" (as opposed to classic C neck and 9.5 radius) gives this neck a much faster sleeker feeling than a comparable "name brand" guitar.

I'll refrain from reviewing the electronics as I plan to replace them anyway, but they appear adequate in all respects.

The fit and finish of this guitar is impeccable for what this fiddle costs, a similar squire is $249.99 (6/30/21) and doesn't include a matching neck finish or modern neck.

Pros: Great beginner rock or metal guitar that can grow with you for many many years. An extremely solid instrument that feels far more expensive than it is.

Cons: About the only drawback for this instrument for me personally is that I live in the USA so it costs me $65 to get this shipped, but even the sting of that was lessened by it arriving so quickly (ordered on a Sunday night, it arrived Thursday afternoon).

Great guitar, great company. This is my second Harley Benton guitar (the other is a SC-Custom II Active White) and its probably not gonna be my last.

Hope that this helps someone out there.
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So good I bought it twice!
CoveredInSound, 30.04.2021
For a long time I wanted a guitar that I could leave in a different tuning (C#) and after seeing various reviews of this and looking at the price I thought it was the perfect opportunity.

The TE-20HH played great straight out of the box, I put on a heavier string gauge and tuned it down and the sound was great for what I was looking for. After a couple of weeks it developed a problem with the pickup selector and an electrical hum. I returned it to Thomann for repair, and as I was now writing a lot of stuff on it, ordered another one in case the repair took a long time, and also for when gigs start again, I will be playing this and want a back up.

Thomann actually sent me a replacement within a week! Happy to say, all my TE-20HH guitars played great straight out of the box, playability is great, the pickups are the dark sound I was after, neck is very nice and it holds the tuning well. The only "con" is that it weighs quite a lot, although between the 3 I've had, that has varied and my favourite weighs about 300 grams less than the others.

The first one I had was a toploader, but now they are through body, which makes changing the strings a bit easier.

I absolutely love this guitar and can honestly say it plays and feels like something much more expensive. If you want a no-frills instrument with its own sound and character, this is a no-brainer and I would buy it again even it was much higher priced!
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A great guitar if you don't mind some work
MeatballSteakTips, 03.05.2021
To start, if you're thinking about purchasing this guitar, I do feel it is worth every penny. It just has issues, and all of them are correctible with some work and effort.
Mine came in with a less-than stellar fretboard. The first fret wood had nicks and so did the 22nd fret. Frets themselves seem okay. I decided to take some micro-mesh 3x4 polishing pads (available on Thomann as well, include them in your purchase), sand/polish from 1500 grit to 12000 grit, and finish by oiling with F-one oil. The fretboard is now a mirror shine and plays beautifully. Roseacer really takes well to this polishing, and honestly feels like an ebony fretboard now.
Pickups are not bad but not amazing, though they are better than I expected for overdriven/metal distortion. I plan to replace with probably some invaders with a coil tap pot.
Tuners are holding well so far, no issues. Pickguard looks good from afar but up close has clear coat scratches which sucks but it's not a dealbreaker.
Honestly there's not much bad to say. I expected work would be needed, yet I got a lot more guitar than I was expecting for the price,
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Amazing value
wallyw, 27.05.2021
This guitar arrived almost in tune,action was fine,intonation spot on. everyone comments about frets when reviewing a new guitar,(myself included).I have to say these frets were smooth,not scratchy , fret ends were rounded off with evidence of being filed correctly.Something you dont always find on a new guitar. The finish was great all over body and neck,tuners work as they should,holding tune well. all electrics function without drama. I changed the strings for daddarios and fitted gotoh string trees.Its well documented about harley benton value, trust me this guitar reinforces that statement.Get one.
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