Harley Benton GS-Travel Mahogany

Steel-string guitar

  • Design: Mini Travel Grand Symphony
  • Body: selected mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Arched back
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: V
  • Fretboard: blackwood (Pinus radiata)
  • Scale: 596 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Dot inlays
  • Bridge: blackwood
  • Walnut binding on the body and headstock
  • Black deluxe diecast machine heads
  • Strings: HB .010 - .047
  • Colour: natural satin matte
  • Incl. gig bag

Dimensions

  • Length: 94 cm
  • Lower width: 36 cm
  • Upper width: 25 cm
  • Depth: 10 cm
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Further information

Model Mini Grand Symphony
Top Mahogany
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Blackwood
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Pickup System No
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag Yes

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Lovely, sweet little guitar

S Harrison, 09.02.2018
I bought this to play lounging on my sofa, laying on my bed or outside in the garden.
Out of the box, it's very playable - I haven't changed anything.
The mahogany gives a warmth to the sound, which I like. On a guitar body this small I don't think you'd need the brighter sound of a spruce top - I haven't tried the spruce version though.
Mine has a closely grained mahogany top rather than the more striped look of the one in the pictures - mine looks lovely. It's pretty light weight - ideal for what I bought it for. It sounds and projects much better than you'd think from the size (and price).
If I hadn't bought a CLA-15m soon after I'd be picking this up all the time - as it is, I pick it up a lot.
It has clarity, punch and warmth that are way above it's size and price tag.
Now the big question - is it as good as the Taylor? I have no idea, I've never played one. But it's the wrong question and missing the point; For the likely intended uses of this guitar, it's as good as you need.
Don't get me wrong - it sounds good, it plays well and it's fun to play. But do you really need to pay over £500 for a travel/sofa guitar?
It's hard to justify that unless you're recording with it a lot (to cut through the mix - and this will do the job). Or maybe want a smaller scale instrument for a child/teen. You could buy this and get two custom line acoustics (Harley Bentons) for that money - I know which I'd prefer and that's exactly what I've done.
Tuners - they do their job. People complain about a lot of new guitars not holding their tuning but it's just because they haven't bedded the strings in - (pull them away from the guitar 3-4 times, tune the string back up, do this 3 times for each string - you'll now hold your tuning). Speaking of which - when I tried that on this guitar the peg came off on the lower E string - I'm not bothered; I put it back in and developed a method of pulling the string parallel to the body, which works fine.
Construction is fine - don't expect bone nuts and bridge saddles at this price.
It's very neat and tidy, rather attractive and I love the curve on the back.
I have an old Martin travel guitar - I never play it. This is so much better - it's a proper guitar, just a bit smaller and light weight.
For the price it's a bargain - it even comes with a neat little gig bag.
If you want a full blown acoustic, I'd recommend one of the custom line ones. But I have plenty of guitars and I can't resist this little beauty - it gets far more of my attention than the price would suggest.
You know you want one.
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Unbelievable value for the price!

Andrei M, 11.06.2018
I purchased 3pcs for students based on reviews from the Internet.
It came out to be great guitar for.. sofa jams as well. Very comfortable, elegantly sized, so light that strat feels like iron-made in your hand after. V-neck is extremely good, you got used to it so quickly and after all start to miss it on other guitars.
Sound wise, I must admit, that it is a matter of taste, but as for me stock strings must be replaced immediately. I put Daddario EZ910 instead, those are of thicker gauge and produce tasty rich and fat sound together with mahogany top. Guitar have good sustain, far better then most 100-200 Euro entry-level guitars. Tuning machines work well. Action from the box is playable, but for my taste a little bit high. This is easily fix filing down bridge plate.
Quality is good, frets are even, no buzzing, no nothing to complain more or less seriously. One of the guitars started to buzz from inside playing 5 string open after 2 weeks of everyday use. Thomann has taken it back, free of charde, with full refund. Really appreciated, very friendly approach. Read from Internet that this happens sometimes even on more expensive brand guitars.
Generally it is a magic: I noticed that I take this guitar every time I sit in sofa and we spend some time together. And when returned to Thomann, started to miss it.
Add there very practical carrying bag. And price tag of 88 Euro.
I cant believe it. Seriously. How they do it?
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