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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
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
available since October 2020
Item number 491458
$95
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B;own Away !
Delrick 27.08.2021
I've owned a guitar of some kind since the early 60's, and a few have been Telecasters.

Until the last few years, I've never had the cash, or the talent, to justify buying a 'quality' US-made Tele, so they've all been Squiers (some good, some bad, and one 1989 Korean made gem that I'll never part with).

Then, around two years ago, I discovered Thomann, and Harley Benton guitars.
I caught the bug.

Although I kept looking at the HB 'Tele-alike' instruments (and as always was amaazed at the prices), nothing jumped out at me.
I didn't bother looking at the the more expensive instruments because to me, a Telecaster (or non-Fender equivalent) means basic.
Very basic.
I've always loved the simplicity : Flat, slab body, decent neck, pickups that sound the way they should, simple hardware that keeps going - decade after decade (if you look after the instrument).
The basics - but done well.

Then one day something did jump out at me - and it was this HB TE-20 HH BLK.

I suspect it was the colour and finish I noticed first as my brother-in-law had recenty bought a Charvel LP-type guitar with the same colour and finish, and it looked (and sounded) superb.
However, he paid well over £500 for the Charvel (and it needed 'work'), but I was looking at something under a fifth of that price - and if the reviews were accurate (as the Thomann/HB reviews invariably are) - was just as versatile and playable.
It was easy to confirm that - his Charvel was sitting on my workbench after being properly set up and having a string change (amazing how many players don't know how to change strings properly).

We played both guitars through identical Mustang GT40's (he brought his around), avoiding the things that the Harley Benton couldn't do - all that digital stuff, and push-pull pot setting trickery.
We kept is simple, and after a few hours both agreed that the HB came out on top.
Perhaps the clincher was the pinch-harmonics test. With the HB it was so so simple, but we both struggled with the rival instrument.
I've tried the same 'test' with my other HH guitars, and the HB wins every time - by a country mile.
In fact you'll find harmonics all over that flawless black fingerboard ! I don't know if the Thomann folk are aware of this added bonus, but for those of us who struggle with pinch harmonics, or harmonics generally, if what I discovered is 'standard', it could be another selling point.
I tried it on the neck, bridge, and both pickups, tone pot high and low.
Same results every time.

Another bonus is that on a clean amp setting you can find those typical 1950's/60's iconic Telecaster sounds - and that 'twang'.

And at the other end of the scale this guitar almost becomes the heaviest of all heavy metal beasts.

Inbetween the 'twang' and the 'metal' there are more pleasant surprises.

For example, the same Mustang GT40, but using a downloaded 'Comfortably Numb - Main Solo' tone setting, and yes - you can sound almost like David Gilmour (the 'almost' is because only David Gilmour can play like David Gilmour).

So, gorgeous finish, very responsive volume and tone, significant and positive differences with the bridge/neck/both settings (as we all know,
with some guitars costing five or even ten times the price, those diferences can be minimal).

Since the Harley Benton arrived, between me/my brother-in-law, and a couple of guitar-playing/gigging friends, we've compared my TE 20 HH with a Gibson Midtown and Les Paul, three Fender Strats, that Charvel, my battered but much loved and played Gibson LP Jnr, my 1989 Korean Tele, and a few others.

We all agreed (sometimes reluctantly) that compared to the above, this Harley Benton is either as good as, or is sometimes even better - but at a fraction of the cost.
Someone actually called it a ''Swiss Army Guitar'' because it was just so versatile.

Other points : Frets are perfect, tuners are excellent (so far - I know tuners are something that can deteriorate fairly quickly), pickups are better than most (unbranded but suspect Roswell).
The finish looks fantastic but could wear quickly. However this is a purely cosmetic thing.

Would I change anything ? Well, perhaps if the hardware also had a black satin finish it might look even better, but if we want the keep it at a very affordable price, I'd change nothing.

Please note that my opinion - and those of the others who helped - was done in relation to an entry-level instrument.
Over many decades we've owned and played hundreds of guitars, from high end familiar names to the very worst of the worst (ugly, badly made, and effectively unplayable instruments) that cost the same as this Harley Benton.

We think that the Harley Benton TE-20 HH BLK is much closer to the former that it is to the latter, and would be welcome in the hands of any player, from novice to professional.
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You get what you pay for...
Dave123 29.11.2021
This is a budget guitar with budget quality - which shouldn't really be a surprise.

Bad bits: Control cavity routing goes too far back, so that the screw holding the control plate down misses the wood and splits out into the cavity, meaning the screw can't be tightened fully... leaving the control plate slightly loose. (I have also seen this pointed out on other reviews on YouTube so it must be a systematic issue with the position of the routing)

Machine head screws on back of headstock not tightened down leaving play in the heads. The screw head for the low E stuck up by about 3mm and when I tried to tighten it, just fell clean off - I guess it was forced in by the factory which stressed the screw head.

Significant fret sprout and the fret ends are literally like razors (have a cut on fingertip as evidence!) Fret sprout has also blown a spot of finish off at the fret tang on one fret.

Frets are pretty low profile and very roughly finished so string bending is not the most comfortable.

Some screws holding the pick guard down do not bite into the soft basswood properly so do not seat down fully.

Pickguard is poorly made with some wobbly bits and one spot showing some delamination of the top layer.

Machine heads are poor quality both in terms of visuals due to rough spots from casting and function due to flat spots and play.

Good bits:
Looks cool from a few feet away :-)

Through body stringing is a bonus at this price point.

The satin finish is very nice to hold on the neck and easy to slide your hand around.

The neck carve is very comfortable - maybe slightly thicker than a Fender Player series tele but not by much.

The body is nicely done and the routing is crisp and clean.

If you are a beginner I would say stay away and go for a Squier Bullet which is a lot better finished for a similar price.

If you are looking for a donor body and neck to use as a project I'd say this is ideal and would make a great basis for a custom build... but be aware of the following points: You will need to modify an aftermarket pick guard as the control plate is slightly larger than standard. You will need to drill out the control plate holes if you want to fit full size pots.
You will need to replace/modify the pick guard and bridge plate if you want to use covered pickups as they won't fit.

In summary - if you don't mind putting in a bit of work and expect to deal with some issues then this is a good purchase. If you are expecting something that will not need any improvements/setup out of the box, you will most likely be disappointed.
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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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How do they do it..?
The Murray 26.08.2021
Just took delivery of this guitar and all I can say really is 'wow!'. Its very nice, well put together, sounds great, no sharp fret edges, nothing out of place, machine-heads all in a neat row, pots nice and firm - also the vol pot is not an 'on-off' type found on many guitars, cheap or otherwise, it actually brings the volume down nice and steady, tone pot is also quite usable.

I think the only negative I've sort of found so far would be to note that the body thickness is around 38-mm which is rather slim, however, given the price and indeed the pup configuration this is not a great issue tonally and I will not mark it against in my conclusion.

The neck feels great btw. Oh, and strung through the back... I wish they would do that with the TE 30 model, which I also own and rate as the nicest guitar I possess, only let down in a small way by having no through-body stringing.

The PUP's have some growl - this is not your standard 'tele' but that's obvious by the pup; this is a rock guitar through and through - the all-black finish screams 'rock' and so the the tones.

Finally the guitar has arrived pretty well set-up, I've lowered the saddles a tad and not a buzz to be heard anywhere!

Pros - great guitar irrespective of the price... take the price into account and really...!?
Cons - None. I've paid 5 x times the money for less satisfaction on many occasions. If HB keep up this level of product they will soon either cause certain other budget brands to seriously up-their-game, or just give up.
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