Harley Benton GS-Travel Mahogany

Steel String Guitar

  • Build: Mini Travel Grand Symphony
  • Body: Selected mahogany (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
  • Arched back
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck profile: V
  • Fretboard: Blackwood (Pinus radiata)
  • Dot fretboard inlays
  • Fretboard radius: 381 mm
  • Scale: 596 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Bridge: Blackwood
  • Black binding on body and neck
  • Black Deluxe die-cast machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: HB .010 - .047
  • Colour: Natural matte
  • Gig bag included

Dimensions:

  • Total length: 94.0 cm
  • Lower bout width: 36 cm
  • Upper bout 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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Brilliant value!
Nuno S, 12.06.2019
I play mostly at home, but i wanted a smaller size guitar to take less space and something convenient to take anywhere i wanted to.
I was not a big fan of the headstock in the pictures, but i have to say that in person it as grown on me.
In terms of finishing i can't find many issues really. The cavity of the nut doesn't seem to be completely level and you can see they sanded the nut to fit better, but this is me nitpicking, it doesn't affect playability or looks at all.
The fretboard is a bit dry, but at least that gives you the flexibility to leave it that way if that's how you prefer it, or do the treatment with a product of your preference. I'm not a big fan, so that's something i'll need to take care of.
I'm a fan of the V neck profile though. I'd never played with one and it's very comfortable.
The tuners work pretty well. They seem to keep in tune and there's no dead spots. That being said i'm not really a heavy picker and i'm mostly playing fingerstyle, so for a heavy strummer this could be something to consider upgrading.
Sound wise i was extremely surpised especially considering the size of the guitar! Playing some natural harmonics you get clear notes with a nice sustain.
The gig bag is fantastic value for the price. I've paid 30/40€ for similar quality gigbags!

I'm really really satisfied with this purchase. If you're a beginner or someone who just wants a smaller guitar to mess around with it, you really can't go wrong with this one, i believe you get more guitar than the price implies.
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