Harley Benton TE-62CC CF

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Electric guitar

  • Deluxe Series
  • Poplar body
  • Bolt-on neck made of caramel maple with Roseacer skunkstripe
  • Maple fingerboard
  • Neck profile: Modern D
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • 21 Frets
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell AlNiCo 5 TEA-F-CR/TEA-B single coils
  • 1 Volume and 1 tone control
  • 3-Way switch
  • 3-Ply mint green pickguard
  • Hardtail bridge
  • Kluson style tuners
  • Deluxe hardware
  • Factory strings : Daddario EXL110 .010 - .046 (Art. 104555)
  • Colour: Charcoal Frost
available since December 2021
Item number 502846
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Pickups SS
Tremolo None
Body Poplar
Top None
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
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$125
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One of the best T-style guitars out there, irrespective of price
Anthony_79 22.12.2021
Under normal (or other) circumstances, I shouldn't have bought a TE-62, because I only got my TE-52 earlier this year. But the TE-52 is rather heavy to be the most versatile of my guitars, and when the TE-62 appeared, I was so tempted, I had to give in. Life is short, anyway, we might as well enjoy it.

Thanks to Thomann and UPS, the guitar arrived two days earlier than expected, amid the holiday season. No damages to the package or the guitar whatsoever.

As far as the appearance of the guitar is concerned, it is very well finished and I love the colour a lot, a very nice contrast between the dark metallic grey of the body, the mint green pickguard and the caramelised neck. Earlier on the day I took delivery, I visited my local big F dealer, to try out an amp and check out whatever T-style guitars they had. The TE 62 looks and feels much more expensive than some of the F models I saw that day, and I saw many of them.

The only thing that felt a little cheap was the tip of the tuners, somehow felt very plasticky, compared to other Harley Benton guitars I have tried (or indeed my TE-52). Tuners work well though (well, at least for as long as I have played the guitar). Nut is plastic but seems well cut. I replaced the strings immediately because they were corroded but I would do that anyway to any new guitar. Neck relief was spot on, so I just had to lower the saddles a bit to get my desired low action, I had the TE-52 as a benchmark for my measurements, so it was a piece of cake.

As for playability, the neck feels great, not too thin, not to chunky, slightly slimmer than the TE-52 - I have gotten used to both so no concerns, even for my not so big hands.

Pickups sound slightly different from those on the TE-52 (they are supposed to be different models). I am happy with them (nothing very exciting but they are good, no plans on changing them anytime soon) and the blend in the middle position is one of the best I have heard from a T style guitar. Perhaps I need to do some fiddling with the pickup height or my amp to get the best out of them. They are good though, no worries, and they sound better than any ceramic out there (my personal taste, of course).

So, in summary, for me this is the best HB traditional T-style guitar on offer, because it is addressing those very few drawbacks of the TE-52 (mostly the weight). And with the choice in available colours, I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes one of Thomann's best selling models. It is certainly on the same level as the classic vibe series of another manufacturer, as well as some F T-style models.

Do get this as a gift to yourself, you deserve it.
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How do you do it?
Shawn M. 30.03.2022
Have never tried Bentons before. On a bipolar impulse bought 3 different models

TE-62CC
DC-DLX Gotoh
SC-Custom Plus EMG FR

I have no words to describe.. I stay in Malaysia.. Had requested someone from the team to sign said guitars.

The guitars are made in Indonesia.. But were sent from Germany.. They came all signed as requested.. The tele and sg came IN TUNE!! (can you imagine that?) they were setup to perfection.. The floyd I preferred a little lower action (but that's just personal taste)

Finish were all tasteful.. No feet buzz.. I mean seriously.. How do you guys do it?

I own about 20 guitars in total..from fenders to gibsons to ibanez to Tokai and of a few corts.. Some of which are 3 times the price of the most expensive Benton I bought..

I'll go as far to say that the only thing you may need to change (in the future) are the pick ups (you need to do that with all guitars anyway) ..

Everything else is solid as an ox. The Bentons are as good.. And in some cases even better then the guitars they are trying to (copy sounds like a bad word.. Maybe the guitars that were inspired by).

I think anyone who is thinking of buying a cort or squire or epiphone or whatever brand that's sub of the original American counterpart should try a benton.. Trust me.. They will shock you.

Don't even get me started on the price.. Like seriously man.. How do you guys do it.

Nothing else to add.. Continue with the great job, production and admin team. You guys rock!
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A good instrument at an incredible price
DavidMP 17.12.2021
I got really stunned by the quality of this (let's remember) 149 € guitar. The roasted neck looks and feels like those on 1000 € instruments (and I had several), and is really beautiful. No fret sprout, no buzz ... and the action is more than acceptable once the guitar is set up.

The hardware is actually adequate, let's see how it ages though. Tuning machines feel solid, so far no dead ranges and it stays in tune properly. I have no experience with vintage tele bridges, but this one does not feel like is going to fall apart soon.

O the downside, the pickups are a bit muddy, especially the neck one, and lack bite and definition, and with the bridge one you won't get a lot of twang. But again, for the price, it is really not a defect.

In summary, I do not know how Thoman can sell such an instrument for that price, but I am glad to have bought one.
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Harley Benton TE-62CC CF
Nusk 28.04.2022
This TL guitar sounds very good, thank you.
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