Harley Benton Electric Guitar Kit DC Style

Electric Guitar Kit DC StyleThe body and neck are finished with a wood-sealer, which allows the surface to be lacquered directly. This, however, in combination with staining may produce unwanted results, in which case the surface should be re-sanded.

  • Bolt-on neck
  • Solid wood body (wood colour may vary)
  • Neck: Maple
  • Double action truss rod
  • Fretboard: Roseacer
  • Trapezoid fretboard inlays
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 628 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Truss rod
  • Pickup: 2 Humbuckers
  • 2 Volume, 2 tone controls
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • 009 - 042 Strings
  • Finish: Natural

A certain level of technical skill is needed for successful assembly

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Colour Natural
Soundboard Solid Wood
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Roseacer
Frets 22
Scale 628 mm
Pickup System HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Nice kit with suprsingly good results

Ulven, 24.11.2017
I purchased this kit for a bit of a project, with no real intent to keep it after I completed it. I have too many guitars already! So I chose an SG style kit as I'd never played an SG as I'm not keen on the looks of them. That may seem an odd reason to choose a kit, but again this was because I did not want to feel attached to the guitar and so feel no remorse when selling it after completion.

I've had a fair amount of experience with setting up, wiring and fret dressing. So my experience in the build maybe different from someone who has no previous guitar maintenance skills.

The kit went together fairly easily overall.

The electrics were a bit of a fiddle as the diagrams were not particularly clear as to which volume/tone pots were connected to which pickups. So a 50/50 chance to get it correct first guess. (yes, I got it wrong on first attempt, so had to take it apart and redo)

The neck fitted the body well and didn't require any shims to get the correct angle. There were two slightly high frets which I spot leveled and re crowned. The overall wasn't too bad so didn't require a complete fret leveling job. To be fair the two high frets were not terribly bad and the guitar would have probably have been adequately playable as it was, but as I have the tools and the skills for it I did them anyway. The overall fret finish wasn't very good though, they were scratched and rough in places. So they did all require a good fret polishing job. Also of note the light satin finish that the neck comes pre finished with make the neck very smooth and playable.

The body was made of three parts but not too badly matched so a tru oil finish was acceptable after some thorough sanding and finishing.

The tuners seem adequate, they hold their tune and function smoothly enough. I see no reason why they should need replacing.

The finished product.

I was very surprised with how playable the finished guitar was after a full set up. The neck is smooth and fast and I have managed to get a very low action at both the nut and 12th fret. The intonation is also acceptable after I finished setting it up.

Sound wise, I think considering the cheap pickups that you get in guitar kits they sound not too bad at all. I have no complaints about them. Obviously side by side with an expensive set of pickups you will notice a difference though.

Overall for the money with the correct tools and some guitar setup skills you can achieve a very playable instrument. I'm still going to sell the guitar on though as I have too many other guitars and only made this kit for the enjoyment of working on it.
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Great value for money but worth replacing the electronics

ISBM, 23.08.2018
This is not the first kit I have made, but it is the first from Harley Benton.
First Impressions:
The instructions are better than others I have seen. I admit I didn't follow them, just read them when the guitar arrived and then filed them somewhere so safe they will never be seen again...
Construction:
The wood is nicely cut and sanded with a snug fit for the neck joint. I assembled the guitar straight out the box to test the components, played it for a bit (more on that below) and then took apart again to paint and correct any faults I had located. I would put this as ideal for someone looking to learn more about how guitars are put together and a great launch pad into the world of setting up.
Hardware:
The metal components are reasonable. I chose not to replace them as the guitar can hold it's tuning with no issues.
Playability:
The neck is massive! Maybe it is because I am used to shred machines but this thing took some getting used to! None of the frets buzz - a first for any kit I've made! Really good job.
Sound:
Oh dear... This is where the change was required. I binned all the electronics; it sounded weaker than the weakest cup of English tea in a swimming pool of water... Definitely worth buying new pickups if you want a good tone
Conclusion:
I really enjoyed this kit and I hope to buy another HB one soon. Best value kit I have made requiring the least overall work and clearly eye catching as my band mate instantly offered to buy it from me!
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