Harley Benton

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  1. Kahuna Nui

    Kahuna Nui Active Member

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    Can I get some honest opinions/reviews/tips/stories/recommendations please. Only just started looking at this brand as a cheap/fun platform for customising.

    Where do y'all get your from btw? I'm obviously in the UK, and I've no real intention of ordering direct from Thomann, unless that's the best/only option.
     
  2. Poseidon

    Poseidon Mad Butcher

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    I've never had anything but good experiences with every Harley Benton I got my hands on.
    And if there were things that weren't quite right, usually nothing that couldn't be fixed with a bit of fettling.

    HB is Thomann's house brand, so no other option.
     
  3. Kahuna Nui

    Kahuna Nui Active Member

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    Cheers mate. I've looked at their site, and to be honest, nine quid carriage is nothing. Where in the market would you place their build quality? Close to Vintage, maybe? I fancy building a dirty Tele, something along the lines of a modded Cabronita.
     
  4. johnniegoat

    johnniegoat Stop, don’t, come back.

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    as far as i know HB often rebrand stuff - their pedals are Joyos, some of their Les Pauls are very obviously rebranded Vintage

    you should look up Henning Pauly - he does a load of work with/ for Thomann and gives pretty decent and honest reviews and demos on the recent guitars
     
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  5. Kahuna Nui

    Kahuna Nui Active Member

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    Was watching Cory Mura earlier
     
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  6. johnniegoat

    johnniegoat Stop, don’t, come back.

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  7. Wade Garrett

    Wade Garrett I am the projectionist.

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    I've bought a guitar and two I basses. Decent quality overall and perfect for modding. Some people have had issues but the same could be said for all brands.
     
  8. Kahuna Nui

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    Thinking about it, I saw a HB Les Paul on Gumtree this morning, and it had the new Vintage guitars angled neck joint, the anti lawsuit one. Makes you wonder.
     
  9. Pippin89

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    Even if there was another option in the UK, the biggest advantage of Harley Benton is you are buying direct from the source which saves middle man costs. So a UK supplier would probably add £100 or so to the cost. If not more.
     
  10. Kahuna Nui

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    Very good point.
     
  11. johnniegoat

    johnniegoat Stop, don’t, come back.

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    yep - that is the give away

    the V100 is a great guitar as well. definitely worth it
     
  12. GloopyJon

    GloopyJon Woof!

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    I've bought a few things from Harley Benton, and I have a friend who bought a cheap guitar from them.

    I have a Vintage G112 cab which is great, genuine Celestion speaker at a bargain price.

    I bought two of their Power Plants for my pedalboard, which I've recently replaced by a more expensive power supply because I had some hum - not too bad, but noticeable. The hum has disappeared with the new power supply.

    I also bought a kit guitar from them, which was very cheap (about £50, IIRC) and for the money you can't complain, but the neck didn't fit terribly well in the pocket and is a little bit crooked. I need to take it off one day and straighten it up. I'd say that if you know what you're doing and are prepared to correct any problems, it's fine, but if you want something that will be perfect then you need to spend more money.

    My friend bought a cheap guitar - I forget which model - but it had one or two bad problems with the fretwork, impossible to sort out without replacing a couple of frets, and he sent it back. He bought an Epiphone to replace it which was a bit more expensive, I think, but he's much happier with it. From what I've seen and heard elsewhere, he was a bit unlucky and most of them are decent, but it seems to be a little bit of a lottery.

    On balance, some things I'd happily buy from them. I don't think I'd buy a guitar; I might buy a kit with the knowledge that it would probably require some work, although nowadays I'm more interested in starting from the bare wood and doing it all myself.

    As a final word, Thomann's customer service is excellent and I certainly have no hesitation in recommending them from that perspective.
     
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  13. Joeli0sis

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    Yeah I might buy their 112 cab just to knock around
     
  14. Wade Garrett

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    Come to think if it I have the 2x12" with the v30's too, I forgot about that! The only "complaint" is that the tolex is very soft and rips easily but I like that it looks like it's been on a world tour or two by now even though it hasn't been out of the country!
     
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    bad alice Easily distracted and...OHLOOKAGUITAR!!!

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    Just got one of these bad boys last week - HB Fan-fret baritone 6-string!

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    Not without its niggles - few imperfections here and there, and I think the nut slots could use some work, but it rings really well unplugged and sounds pretty meaty plugged in. For less than two hundred and fifty sheets, it gets a thumbs up from me.
     
  17. Tetanus

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    That is ridiculous money. You can spend your saved money to refret it with stainless steel frets, change pickups, tuning heads etc. Which you might would consider to do even with a much higher price range guitar anyway... good score.


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  18. Tetanus

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    Ohh everything just not Henning and his videos please...
    His videos are way too long, he knows barely anything about the product in many videos, chatting awful lot without any usable info... and for me, the way he speaks is just unbearable...
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  19. johnniegoat

    johnniegoat Stop, don’t, come back.

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    i had a HB Flying V - @flawlessandeternal has it now. it was pretty good, given the price - though the maple neck/ basswood body was more akin to a modern superstrat than a vintage Gibson

    and check this out - £203.04 on today's rates. bargain

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  20. johnniegoat

    johnniegoat Stop, don’t, come back.

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    i quite enjoy Henning. you should check out his recent video about his HB sc550 - its the same as a Vintage V100AFD (Slash knock off) and just stupid value out of the box

    https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_sc_550_paradise_amber_flame.htm
     
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