Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley

Electric Guitar

  • Deluxe series
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple, bolt-on
  • Neck profile: C
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • 21 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell TEA Alnico-5 Vintage TE-style single coils
  • Electronics: 1 x Volume control and 1 x tone control
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Wilkinson bridge with brass saddles and string-thru body
  • Strings: D'Addario EXL110 .010 - .046 (Article Nr: 104555)
  • Colour: Black Paisley
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Pickups SS
Fretboard Maple
Tremolo None
Body Basswood
Top None
Neck Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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Great, but not perfect
rims, 11.05.2017
My son was eying this up for ages, and finally, with the help of a birthday contribution, got me to get it for him. The reviews were all very positive, and for the price - what can you say?!

He loves it. It sits next to him. His previous guitar is now neglected and forlorn.

The good:
It looks lovely. Maple neck, skunk stripe. Nice hardware - Wilkinson bridge and pickups, and sealed tuners. Nice paisley finish, if that's your thing. Sounds like a tele - authentic sounding bridge pickup.

It came nicely set up. Needed a twist of the truss rod, and was good to go, good low action, no buzz, good strings. Fret ends not perfect, but good.

The not so good:
The finish, to me, is a little meh. Not the deep gloss I was expecting, and that it needs to really bring up the paisley. But only one minor paint flaw, barely visible. Neither a big deal. But the rave reviews perhaps unreasonably raise your expectations.

Tuning stability hasn't been great. Still sorting that - nut lubrication for starters; lots of winds on the tuning pegs for high strings (the main culprits). Lubricated the nut, its a bit better. May need restringing. We'll see.

The bridge pickup is very microphonic. That's a feature of many teles, some Fenders included, and possibly gives it the authentic character to the sound, but on high gain every click and clunk is picked up. But the main problem is the feedback, which kicks in unpleasantly and uncontrollably past a certain volume.

Investigating that, if you press on the neck end of the bridge plate it suppresses the squeal. The bridge screws are confined to the lower end, (and were actually quite loose, though tightening didn't help), and it may be the headstock end of the bridge plate is not making contact with the body. The internet has many such examples.

So it may mean modifying the bridge with two screws at the headstock edge, but not after I've tried some wax, or thin foam, or something similar to suppress vibration at that edge. But he won't let me near it - yet...

Again, the internet suggests this is a common problem with this model.

Conclusion? Sounds great, pity about the microphonic squeal, which may be fixable. Not perfectly finished, but for the price very good indeed. A satisfied son, a satisfied dad.
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Cha-O-Ha, 06.11.2017
I was attracted to this tele by it`s relatively unusual paintjob, black paisley. When I looked up the specs and saw bass-wood body I thought I`d better leave it. I used to have bass-wood in my `beginner-guitars` years ago. Browsed on and found Fender Telecaster James Burton`s Artist Series Paisley Flame with bass-wood body for more than 2 grand. What`s good enough for James is good enough with me.
Inspected the Harley Benton (what a crappy name) on arrival and it was not perfect. There is a small laquer runner up in front where you can see it if you want and a few areas haven`t been buffed properly. Played through an American Fender Tweed Blues Deville 4x10 from `94 and the Roswell pickups were not pulling my socks off, not really here nor there, though I must admit I didn`t spend much time. Surprisingly good intonation out of the box and a very chunky feel of the neck although it`s a bit rough around the edges. It`s not an American Fender. The tuners are so-so but hold the tuning alright. The strings are new and need to stretch and are okay for a start. Mind you this guitar went by quality control in August if one wants to believe the little hanging tag and strings didn`t have much time to corrode. If you are into pimping then please note that the routing under the hood is for a single neck-pu only. The pods are on the cheap side, so is the bridge-plate which is seemingly slightly bent and on one side not entirely flush with the body. This Telecaster weighs in at 3.75kgs, not really a lightweight either but resonance compares quite okay with my American Standard Strat when played unplugged. It is easy to lower the strings at the riders for better action. With the small Allen-key provided in the set one can achieve pretty good results without buzzing.
A couple of days later I played this tele through my Vox ac 10 and the Roswells are coming to sound like egg-slicers, but it is the setting of the amp and the sound can be regulated reasonably well with the tone pod, just roll back. Different experience altogether. The Roswells are not
really made for each other though, having the pu selector in the mid position doesn`t blow me away but in general I guess you get your country-twang at the bridge. Then again the Vox ac 10 is a little wonder-box and I put the sound receiving down to that fact. I have already asked for a return form but don`t know yet will I. There is a certain charm to the TE-70 Paisley and I do have a few pus and pods to fool around with. I have enough of guitars really but all considered this may stay after all. Most people I know bring a cheapo to the jam rather than their American Fenders. Price is more than kinda acceptable for what you get.
Nov. 30th, 2017.... the pickups sound terrible.... played the tele last night through a small solid state amp jamming with friends in a pub.... gruesome... no matter which way one turns the switch or knobs the pus seem to be not compatible with the sound of other instruments... they have to be replaced...
05/01/18 ....I did replace the bridge pu with a very cheap Chinese twin rail hot (supposed to have 16k)humbucker bought on ebay which is giving the instrument a lot of punch and changes the original high-pitched sound to more mids and bass which is much better than before, however now she is missing the country twang a bit. I have a set of custom shop nocasters which I will put into this tele in the coming months. I`ll keep you posted. Here one more thing, the original telecaster ashtray can be fitted over the bridge although the pick-guard would have to be slightly altered to make fit 100%.
13/03/18 ... The Nocasters are in along with 250k pots from Goeldo. Nice looking and sounding guitar for Country, Blues and Rock now. Might at some stage even change the switch to fender or similar.
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