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Harley Benton BigTone Vintage Orange

Electric Guitar

  • Design: Hollow body
  • Maple body
  • Neck: Canadian maple
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Block inlays
  • Body, neck and headstock binding
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Pickups: 2x Deluxe alnico double coil humbuckers
  • 3-Way switch
  • 3x Volume- and 1x tone control
  • Deluxe chrome hardware
  • Tune-o-Matic roller bridge with "floating " rosewood base
  • 50's B-style deluxe tremolo system
  • Transparent acrylic pickguard
  • Deluxe diecast Imperial style tuners
  • Strings: D'Addario EJ21 .012 - .056
  • Colour: Vintage Orange
  • Finish: High-gloss
  • Suitable case: Article Nr: 122212 (not included)
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  • Blues
  • Indie
  • Jazz
  • Rockabilly

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Colour Orange
Soundboard Maple
Top Maple
Neck Maple
Fretboard Rosewood
Frets 20
Scale 648 mm
Pickup System HH
Tremolo Bigsby Style
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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very, very good guitar but... not for beginners

11.10.2016
I've never bought a guitar by simply clicking on internet page (till now, as I bought two guitars this way within a month). So I was a little sceptical about outcome. After 40 years of playing guitars I had and still have eight guitars in my 'herd' and each one of them was purchased in shop or second hand but also tested before. Nevertheless I risked and ordered this rockabilly beauty without trying it. Out of box and at first glance it looked really awesome piece of instrument but I was also prepared that it might be necessary to tune this instrument to my desires and style of playing . By reading other customer's reviews I recognized that tremolo system doesn't meet expectations and I doubted that the choice of the correct strings that come with guitar is D'Addario .12-.56.
So, here are CONS : (out of box)
-tremolo system is inappropriate. It has front bar that shouldn't be there because strings that run under it cause too much pressure on the bridge,
-action is too high,
-as I mentioned before original strings are more like heavy cables (as far as I'm concern),
- it was impossible to turn one of pots (I already thought about returning shipment),
-there was still some scrap wood inside body and hardware is lacking of finesse (it does not affect the sound)
And now to the brighter side and PROS :
-first con is easy to avoid. Just restring and lead strings above unnecessary bar. This will release tension on the bridge and also give you feel of smoother bigsbish style tremolo. It is unnecessary to pull out the bar as I saw in some video, just leave it alone and guitar will retain its beautiful appearance.
-to setup action I changed strings to obviously better and suitable set of .10-.46 (same manufacturer) and then with Tune-o-matic bridge set action as I prefer (very low). Of course I checked before that that neck is perfectly straight. It was.
-Trouble with the pot mentioned above was also easily solved. I examined it closely and found out that the knob was to close to the body plate and it was jammed. So I unscrewed it and positioned it appropriately.
-For scrap wood I used vacuum cleaner.
After this procedures it turns out that this is very good guitar with nice variety of tones, from jazzy and blues to rockabilly sound. It also have nice and expected sustain, (anyway ; with pedals you can easily change sound as you like, or you can change pickups for some expensive ones, BUT?this guitar, as it is, offers so much for really moderate money). For me the most important features are: comfortable neck, the possibility of low action and 100% accuracy which is, I think, enabled also due to floating bridge and smooth tuners. As I read in some forums many guitarists have problems with positioning floating bridge. With this guitar tuning is very simple and accuracy on 12th fret is easily achieved and guitar stays tuned for days.
Final opinion : Very, very good rockabilly guitar for moderate price. Not for beginners but for someone with at least a little understanding and knowledge in customizing guitar.
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A beautiful looking guitar, and a blast to play!

24.03.2015
I'm writing this review whilst looking at a BigTone Vintage Orange hanging on my wall. It's a really beautiful instrument, every bit as nice as the product photos promise.

Quality of finish is very good - the orange lacquer, binding and inlays look great. There were a couple of cosmetic issues with my guitar, but nothing that required a return. As with most guitars at this price point, you?ll need to spend money or time on a full setup when you receive it.

Hardware quality is excellent. I might upgrade the pickups for some additional ?twang? in the future, but the stock ones are capable of a wide range of tones. If you?re looking for warm jazz tones, you won?t be disappointed.

Personally, I think the guitar looks more classy without the scratchplate. It?s an odd size and doesn?t serve any purpose as the strings are so high. The two tiny holes left after removing the scratchplate are easily disguised - pop in a couple of flat-head panel pins, and it looks fantastic.

As far as playability goes, this beast takes some getting used to, especially if you mainly play modern solid body guitars.

First, this guitar is massive! The lower bout is 16? and the body is 3.5? deep. For me, this makes the BigTone strictly a 'sitting down' guitar. The tremolo works smoothly, and feels like wrestling a boat anchor in comparison to a modern tremolo. But, these are not criticisms - rather, all part of the vintage charm that makes this an extremely entertaining instrument to play.

You will get terrible feedback if you try using high gain amp settings. That's down to the hollow body construction. And it really is hollow! Other than a 2?x1? support post under the bridge, the body contains only air. There's no centre block, no bracing of any kind. Solution? Don't use high gain settings. This is a guitar for jazz, vintage Chet Atkins picking, perhaps a little Duane Eddy and a dash of Stray Cats. High gain has no home here.

Last, there's that vintage style bridge and tremolo. I think the design is lacking here. The tension bar pulls the strings close to the body, and the bridge is very high. This create a steep string angle, putting lots of stress on the poor bridge - a fragile wee thing consisting of a loose strip of wood with two threaded metal posts and the roller bridge on top. The end result? The bridge slides around when you use the trem, and you can see the fragile bridge support posts straining under the load.

My solution was to raise the tension bar by 6mm with metal washers under the tremolo body (at the two screw points). This eases the string angle and reduces stress on the bridge. I can now intonate the bridge properly, and abuse the tremolo without anything moving around. Hopefully I've increased the life expectancy of the fragile little bridge too.

Bottom line? If you?re looking for a big vintage hit of orange & chrome guitar lovelyness for not much money, look no further. I absolutely love it.
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Electric Guitar Design: Hollow body, Maple body, Neck: Canadian maple, Rosewood fretboard, Block inlays, Body, neck and headstock binding, 20 Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut width: 43 mm, Pickups: 2x...

  • Colour: Orange
  • Soundboard: Maple
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickup System: HH
  • Tremolo: Bigsby Style
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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Electric Guitar White Vintage series, Construction: Hollow body, Maple body, Neck: Canadian maple, Rosewood fretboard, Block inlays, Body, Neck and head plate binding, 20x Frets, Scale: 648 mm, Nut...

  • Colour: White
  • Soundboard: Maple
  • Top: Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 20
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Pickup System: HH
  • Tremolo: Bigsby Style
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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