Harley Benton EAX-500TL Mahogany

Steel String Guitar

  • Body shape: Thinline Grand Auditorium Cutaway
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Blackwood
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • 20 Frets
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Body binding: Coffee/Cream
  • Neck binding: Coffee
  • EAX rosette design
  • Dual-action truss rod
  • Nut and saddle: Bone
  • Black hardware
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • Fishman Isys+ pickup system with integrated tuner
  • Stringing: D'Addario EXP-16 .012 - .052
  • Colour: Natural, high gloss
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Design Grand Auditorium
Top Mahogany
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway Yes
Fretboard Blackwood
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickups Yes
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Harley Benton EAX-500TL Mahogany minor issues, initial thoughts

Nick April, 16.05.2018
The Guitar had to be sent back twice to Thomann. Let me summarise the first guitars issue. I took the guitar from the packaging and there had obviously been no attempt to tune the guitar so I tuned it using the internal tuner (which is not user friendly and I regard as an extra as I will normally use my trusted Snark). after tuning I started trying to play the guitar, everything had fret buzz up to the 5th or 6th fret. I attempted to adjust the truss rod with minor turns but even with 1/8 turn the bus was worse. so I adjusted to the other direction and the truss rod just became loser and loser with the buzz then at the 4th fret. It was sent back.

2 weeks later I have the replacement. The guitar had been tuned but the action seemed high so I checked between 1st and 12th fret and a quite a distance was visible between the stings and frets. Adjusting the truss rod this time was successful. This does point to some quality control issues with these instruments and whilst I appreciate Thomann's efforts to resolve they should try to get it right 1st time!!!! Later in playing the instrument I found significant fret buzz on the 13th fret on several strings. So back again it went to Thomann. I have now received it again It seems all OK

Note... I think the Strap attachment is in a really silly location on the lower side of the neck close to where the neck meets the body. I still do not know how I will work this out. There is a much better place for this. Thomann please investigate.

For all this it is an excellent instrument for the money.
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For the price Super!

07.09.2016
The guitar can certainly keep up with far more expensive instruments. It looks good and has a full clear sound. At the mechanics wobbles nothing and with the help of the built-in Simmer device the guitar can be quickly and precisely, even if I thought at the beginning it was defective, because the supplied 9V battery seemed to be already empty. With a new battery ran everything but then. The built-in pickup is under the bridge, is however with me very bassloaded, which is why I have set the preamp "treble" always to maximum. Possibly. But the bridge on the bass strings can be grinded down somewhat, so that the pressure on the pickup is not so strong.
In addition, I had to adjust the neck with the adjusting screw, because otherwise the strings rummage while playing and I had to lubricate the saddle with graphite, so that the strings do not hang while tuning.
Now the guitar is really good playable.

Although it should be a guitars guitar, it has a depth of 9 cm, which in my opinion is already relatively thick for a thinline model. This makes the guitar but also unreinforced relatively noisy.

For processing: As with most of Harley Benton's grids. At first sight great, if you look more closely you will find small impurities. ZT. There are brighter spots and strokes in the lacquer of the binding and the mechanics lack the lacquer in a small place, which does not disturb alldigs and also only striking, if one searches for it.
Rather, the cables interfere with the guitar, as you can see them through the sound hole and dangle them in the guitar. However, they can also be glued afterwards so that they can not be seen through the sound hole.

Overall I am satisfied with the guitar and would recommend it.


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The sound picture of the built-in pickup me later disturbed more and more, as even the EQ settings on the preamp the 3 high strings were hardly to be heard. That's why I dared to ditch the bridge under the bass E, A and D string.
When you lower the strings, the bridge can be taken out. Underneath the bridge is then the Tonabnemer (A cable, which terminates in a kind of wire braid and is led through a small hole in the ceiling to the preamp).
I gently sanded the bridge from the bottom with sandpaper on one string. In addition, I have made indentations in the bridge from below with the lute, so that it is more flexible and the vibrations of the strings better to the pickup. (If someone should have the same problem: I have a thread on musicians-board .de very helped "battery mounting on the preamp.")

The result is also satisfactory: the bass strings are still very strong, but the G, B and e strings are now much louder. I think, if you could even a little more, would be able to change. For me is the volume but enough.

My overall impression about the guitar has not changed and is still very positive. In hinds I had a little work with the guitar, but this is probably the compromise, which one at a so price must go.
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