Harley Benton TE-90FLT Green Blast

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Electric Guitar

  • Deluxe series
  • Body: Sungkai
  • Bolt-on neck: Canadian maple
  • Fretboard: Baked Sungkai
  • Black dot fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Fretboard radius: 350 mm
  • Scale length: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Graph Tech Tusq nut
  • 22 Medium jumbo frets
  • Pickups: 2 Roswell FLT-B FilterTron Style humbuckers
  • Volume and tone controls
  • 3-Way switch
  • Single-ply black pickguard
  • WSC BG2002D bridge with string guide through the body
  • WSC DieCast Kluson Style machine heads
  • Chrome hardware
  • Strings: .010 - .046
  • Colour: Green Blast
  • Made in Indonesia
available since October 2020
Item number 489996
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Green
Pickups HH
Fretboard Sungkai
Tremolo None
Body Sungkai
Top None
Neck Maple
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
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$158
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TE-style powerhouse

For a long time now, Harley Benton instruments have been known for their high quality and extremely affordable prices. The TE-90FLT Green Blast is no exception: Tt combines a classic design with exotic woods and a set of FilterTron-style humbuckers, resulting in its powerfully rocking sound. With its Green Blast finish, the guitar is also a real eye-catcher both on stage and in the living room. In addition, its slim Canadian maple neck allows for comfortable playability, while solid Kluson-style machine heads and a Graph Tech nut ensure optimum tuning and intonation along the entire length of the roasted sungkai fingerboard.

Resonant chambered body

The exotic tonewood ("sungkai") used for the body of the TE-90FLT is an interesting alternative to the woods usually chosen for TE-style guitars. The vibrational behaviour of the wood is supported by the chambers in the body, which on the one hand reduce weight and on the other hand enhance sustain and resonance. The fingerboard with 22 frets, which is also made of sungkai, is set on a neck made of Canadian maple. The heat treatment not only makes it look attractive, but also has a positive effect on the instrument's robustness and tonal behaviour. The two vintage-style FilterTron pickups are also great for rocking the house: Thanks to their ample headroom, they offer a rich sound ranging from silky smooth to rough.

A rocking TE-style guitar at an affordable price

Thanks to the affordable price typical for Harley Benton, the TE-90FLT can be a real catch for all fans of the TE design, who can now get their hands on this classic single-cut instrument while keeping an eye on their budget. Something to note, however, is that instead of the famous "twang" for which this type of electric guitar is perhaps best known, the two Roswell FilterTron humbuckers result in a genuine Rock guitar that covers genres like Blues all the way to Hard Rock. At the same time, the TE-90FLT makes a convincing case with its comfortable playability, enhanced even further by its astonishingly light weight thanks to the chambered body, which will make for downright effortless performances and a lot of pleasure.

About Harley Benton

Since 1998, the Harley Benton brand has been catering for the needs of numerous guitarists and bassists. In addition to an extensive range of stringed instruments, Thomann's house brand also offers a wide choice of amplifiers, speakers, effect pedals, and other accessories. In total, the range includes over 1,500 products. Built by established names in the industry, all Harley Benton products combine quality and reliability at attractive and affordable prices. The continuous expansion of the range ensures that Harley Benton always provides new, exciting, and innovative products that keep players perfectly in tune with the musical world, day after day.

FilterTron-style for great sound diversity

If you're looking for a TE-style guitar for tame Country and Western, you'd better consider another instrument. With its Blast finish and reversed headstock in a matched design, it's evident at first glance that the Harley Benton TE-90FLT is firmly at home in Rock genres. Its sound matches its appearance in every way: Here, all tonal facets from crunch to high-gain, are catered for. The two Roswell FilterTron-style pickups deliver a punchy and at the same time precisely defined sound, while the slim C-profile of the maple neck provides the best basis for easy playability, especially for beginners.

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Great take on a T-Style guitar!
youngmc 06.04.2022
This was my first Thomann purchase. I was excited but nervous due to living in the USA and also never having purchased a guitar via mail. First, the guitar arrived in perfect shape and setup nicely. I'm not good at adjustments so I played it for 4 month's as-is and then brought it in for a professional job. That was an improvement, but it arrived very playable. The guitar tech said he cleaned up a few fret ends, but it was minor enough he didn't charge for it. The frets above the 12th were a bit scratchy, but I cleaned that up easily during the first string change. The tuners work well for their purpose - they hold pitch well. They do turn a little hard, and their small size makes that a bit cumbersome. I'm strongly considering changing them for some quality locking tuners as this is a keeper. The only other negative is that it has a slight neck dive. I play 90% standing (even practicing) so that stood out when using a nylon strap. However, switching to a tweed strap fixed most of the issue. I may try try some type of counter weight, but I'm picky how I play. I wear my guitars on the high side with the head stock pointed up a bit.

I enjoy everything else about this instrument. The weight is great if you play while standing (I realize I said I may add some weight). The neck is smooth. I don't know what to call its finish. I have a Martin Backpacker and it reminds me of that except that the Backpacker is quite chunky and maybe a bit more "bare wood". This is a very comfortable "medium" thickness by my estimation. I have a 1996 Fender Am. Standard strat. The strat is on the thin side; this HB is a little thicker and more comfortable for chords. The fingerboard feels nice and looks beautiful. It's received numerous complements based on looks alone.

The sound is interesting. I didn't know what to expect from these pickups, but I enjoy it a lot. There's a thinness from the lower output, but there's more low-end/mid-range than my strat (it has gold lace sensors). However, it's not muddy. There's a lot of clarity using just the neck pickup; more so than PAF style pickups. With both pickups it takes on the feel of using both pickups on a single-cut with PAFs. Using the bridge or neck pickup it moves more toward Tele territory with a little more depth. I have an HB SC Custom II for which I'm considering new pickups. I'm not inclined to change these.

I'm glad to have this to play. It's been my go-to practice guitar for 16 months, and not just because it's inexpensive and light. It feels nice to play. It's sonically different; fuller than my strat, but not Les Paulish. And... it's got good volume unplugged. So it's great for 15 minutes while waiting for everyone else getting ready for church, or for noodling while watching TV and not annoying others. I hope this is helpful.
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Recommended but it had issues.
Rafared 28.10.2020
VALUE
Harley Benton guitars cannot be beaten in terms of value for money. At less that 200E it is a steal. Shipping was a bit slow, understandable given the Covid situation so keep that in mind.
PROS
HARDWARE: The hardware is generally good on this Guitar. The Bridge is solid and feels weighty enough, the Pots are Alpha, they turn smoothly and the wiring was neat enough. The machine heads have worked well so far but do feel a bit light, it has kept tune well however. Long term, a new set might be in order. The nut, being a graph tech was perfect. I'm going to swap the string trees out for Graph Tech too.
The pick guard is flimsy and I will be cutting a new one from Aluminium which I might polish up or spray black, haven't decided yet!

BODY NECK and FRET BOARD: The body is heavy, even with a huge control cavity and another under the pick guard. The control cavity is shielded.
I like the colour of the body and it has a slight grain texture which works well with the design of the Guitar.
The neck is thin, satin finish and I would describe it as fast. It does not feel like a Tele neck to me at least. Feel is subjective anyway.
The fret board is the most interesting part of the Guitar in my opinion.
It looks like Maple form a distance but come closer and you can see it's different. It kind of looks dirty, but in a good way! The grain is unique, darker than Maple and it really sets the guitar off in how it looks. The fret ends were rounded, no Fret sprout or high frets at all.
SOUND: The Pickups give a bright sound, somewhere between typical T-Style single coils and Humbuckers. I say perfect for Country, Rockabilly, Blues, but adaptable to most styles.
Another huge surprise for me was how loud this Guitar was acoustically, it just sings.
SET UP: The Guitar was fully set up right out of the box, tuned, intonation, string height all perfect. Full marks Thomann.
CONS: This is where I have an issue with SOME Harley Benton guitars.
I get it is towards the cheaper end of the scale being less that 200E but does that mean we "overlook" certain issues because the guitar was cheap? Personally I'd rather pay slightly more and get something that is closer to perfect.
FIT and FINISH: The neck has several slightly rough areas, its very slight, feels almost gritty in places. Not finished well enough, especially around the edge of the head stock and the heel of the neck.
The base of the neck pocket is wider than the neck giving a very sharp edge on the top side of the joint between neck and body. It bugs the crap out of me and I will have to take the neck off to sort it out.
The routing around the Pickups is a bit rough, again its only cosmetic but it looks cheap. The cavity under the Pick Guard had a couple of fairly large areas that were not routed for some reason, it can't be seen but it points to a rushed or careless manufacture.
The pick up adjustment screws are very badly installed. One has the slot totally sheared away meaning it cant be adjusted and will be a bitch to remove. Another was left sticking 4 or 5 mm from the Pickup itself and had barely enough "grip" on the screw head to insert it fully. Both of these screws now have sharp "burr" edges that mean all 4 will have to be replaced.

OVERALL: I would recommend the Guitar. It's nearly perfect. A bit more time on fit and finish would make a huge difference.
I'll fix the issues myself, change the string trees, pick guard and maybe the tuners down the road a bit after I test their long-term stability.
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Go for it!
JoachimTe 29.01.2021
Never wanted a tele until this was released, and I dont regret buying it!

It plays great, the neck and fretboard is very comfortable. pickups sound good but it should also be said that I cant compare it to other teles as I have never played one before.

I use this guitar mainly for clean runs through a Blackstar ID5 with the addition of a chorus pedal. Works beautifully.

The guitar was perfectly set up right out of the box, just plugged it in and started playing.

At this price there is really no reason not to buy one.

AND: It looks so cool!
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Great Blast.
Tongates 22.05.2021
Super spec guitar. pickups, potentiometers, top nut, comfy cut and lefty neck(for that Hendrix string tension).

The wood works too.
A great instrument, with much to offer.

Great value. Great design.
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